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Hospitals should reconsider charity care for middle-class, insured patients

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) appears to help the poor the most (those who actually purchase heavily subsidized commercial policies and don't buy into the propaganda about socialized medicine...

New report criticizes charity care actions of 340B hospitals

Many hospitals participating in the 340B discount drug program are not giving their patients enough information about charity care, according to a new  report.

Tax exemptions for non-profit hospitals: The end may be near

Is the tax-exemption for non-profit hospitals--a codified tradition that has been on the books for generations--on its heels? It may still be too soon to tell, but what is going on in two different...

Illinois hospitals could lose tax exemption

It's unclear whether non-profit hospitals in Illinois are exempt from paying taxes. A state appeals court has ruled that 2012 legislation that exempts non-profit hospitals from paying taxes is unconstitutional. The issue will likely go to the Illinois Supreme Court, the Associated Press reported. 

Hospitals push again on new 340B guidance

As the federal government continues to push new guidance regarding how the 340B drug discount program operates, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its members continue to prod Congress to ensure that the changes do not go too far.

Anger over healthcare costs is at a breaking point

The real anger about healthcare costs--the kind that could actually reshape healthcare delivery--is beginning. Those grumblings are coming from Americans who for decades had to pay for little of...

Medicaid expansion cuts down charity care

A new report from Crowe Horwath finds that the shift in coverage brought about by the Affordable Care Act has led to more hospitals cost-shifting financial risk to patients.

Hospitals still hedge on offering charity care

Not-for-profit hospitals are under some pressure to make their financial interactions with patients operate more smoothly, but many have yet to offer discounts to uninsured patients.

Hospital-community partnerships require all stakeholders to understand community benefit

As healthcare increases its focus on value-based models and preventive care, how to address the socioeconomic determinants of health often comes under the microscope. In light of this, it is vital that hospitals and healthcare providers partner with community institutions, but such initiatives will only succeed if both sides understand the stakes, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

Should hospitals consider an exchange where they can trade charity care credits?

The debate about a hospitals' obligation to charity care has been a fairly intense issue for years now, particularly as medical costs have been the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. and...