Missouri hospitals claim $1.1B in charity care

As IRS scrutiny of non-profits continues, it makes sense for hospitals to proactively prove that they're justifying their tax-free status. That's why, in part, that Missouri hospitals have come together to report on their charity-care and community efforts, which they say were worth $1.1 billion last year. The new report, which was prepared by the Missouri Hospital Association, calculates that the state's hospitals contribute $7.8 billion in salaries, benefits, taxes and capital investments in infrastructure. At the same time, it says, they offer a wide range of charitable services, including free medical clinics, charity care for the poor and community education. The MHA began publishing annual reports on charitable contributions last year, after coming under pressure to prove that members deserved to operate tax-free.

To find out more about the report:
- read this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.