HOSPITAL PRACTICES: NON-PROFIT & FOR-PROFIT

Recent studies published by Health Affairs highlight differences among hospitals according to tax status. 

Fifty U.S. hospitals with the highest charge-to-cost ratios billed the uninsured ten times their Medicare-allowable costs during 2012. 49 out of the 50 such hospitals were for-profit. The article by Ge Bai and Gerard F. Anderson "Extreme Markup:  The Fifty US Hospitals With The Highest Charge-To-Cost Ratios" appears in Health Affairs June 2015, vol. 34 No. 6, p. 922-928. LEARN MORE 

Commentary on the article by Wendell Potter "For-profit hospitals mark up prices by more than 1,000 percent because there's nothing to stop them" adds insights of a former insurance insider. His piece was posted at Public Integrity on 6-15-15. LEARN MORE

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires non-profit hospitals to provide community benefits, such as care for the indigent, participation in means-tested public insurance, training of health professionals, research, and community health improvement. Sara Rosenbaum, David A. Kindig, Jie Bao, Maureen K Byrnes, and Colin O'Laughlin  calculate the worth of these benefits and anticipate changes due to fewer uninsured.  Their study "The Value Of The Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption Was $24.6 Billion In 2011" was published online ahead of the print issue of Health Affairs, June 2015. LEARN MORE

 

Posted on June 19, 2015 and filed under Affordable Care Act, Health care reform, Public good.