U.S. hospitals provided $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the American Hospital Association's latest annual survey.
Hospitals are pushing back against the Internal Revenue Service regarding how financial assistance policies are enforced--and how they maintain their tax-exempt status--as part of the Affordable Care Act.
The controversy surrounding whether nonprofits deserve their tax-exempt status continues with a new lawsuit, claiming Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital sidestepped charity care regulations.
Hospitals must expand their focus beyond the amount of free care they provide. Overall investment in the community should be the most important figure included in community benefits reports.
The value of charity care provided by hospitals in New Jersey declined by 3 percent in 2011, which may reflect a national improvement of the economy, as well as overall healthcare utilization trends, reported the Press of Atlantic City.
Not-for-profit hospitals in California could get new regulations to qualify for tax exemptions after reports released last month questioned whether the nonprofits provide enough charity care to justify their tax-exempt status.
Non-profit hospitals are complaining to the Office of Management and Budget that the current charity care and community benefit requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are far more onerous than originally estimated.
Montana's hospitals generally provide a sizable amount of charity care and community benefits, but a study released by the state's attorney general has questioned the values stated by some of the facilities, reported the Helena Independent Record.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a proposed rule regarding financial assistance and charity care policies, which not-for-profit hospitals will be covered by the policies, and how care may be charged to those patients who qualify for financial assistance.
Illinois hospitals are getting defined guidelines for charity care and property tax exemptions, as Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday signed into law new legislation that spells out what hospitals must do to qualify for nonprofit status.