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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...

How to improve the delivery of charity care services

The Hamilton Project, an economic initiative of the non-profit Brookings Institution, proposes a plan to allow states to set a charity care "floor"--the minimum percentage of a hospital's expenses that can be dedicated to charity care. States would also set an income cutoff where charity care provisions cannot count toward hospital expenses. 

Pope Francis wants Catholic hospitals to increase care for poor

During his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis has urged operators of Catholic hospitals--which are among the biggest and most powerful of American healthcare providers--to increase their charity care for poor patients, USA Today has reported, and at least one Catholic healthcare system CEO, Ascension Health's Anthony Tersigni, is listening.

Community health centers on the rise: HHS to fund 266 new sites

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will fund 266 new primary care health center sites in high-need areas nationwide to the tune of $169 million.

Not-for-profit hospitals may spend as much on charity care as for-profits

A new study calls into question whether some non-profit hospitals actually provide additional community benefits as required by law in return for billions of dollars in tax breaks each year.