Minnesota hospitals report on community benefits

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Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed more than $3.9 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities in 2012, a 10% increase from 2011, according to a new report by the Minnesota Hospital Association. The total includes $1.7 billion in government underpayments for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients; and $521 million in uncompensated care, a 9.5% increase since 2008; among other community benefits. “As nonprofits, hospitals and health systems ensure access to care for patients – regardless of their ability to pay – 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “In addition to making sure patients receive the care they need when they need it, hospitals provide a number of important services that otherwise would not be available in the community.”

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