Illinois Supreme Court voids adverse hospital tax exemption decision

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The Illinois Supreme Court today vacated an appellate court decision that declared the state’s property tax exemption standard for hospitals unconstitutional, concluding that the appellate court did not have jurisdiction to take the appeal. In a friend-of-the-court brief, AHA had urged the court to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

CT hospitals report on community benefits

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Connecticut hospitals invested $1.6 billion in community benefit activities in 2015, according to a new report by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The total includes Medicare and Medicaid underpayments, uncompensated care, community services and other programs to advance community health.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Community health, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Minnesota hospitals report on community benefits

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Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.5 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities in 2015, a 3.6% increase from 2014, according to a new report by the Minnesota Hospital Association. “Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems partner with their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Virginia hospitals provide $2.9 billion in community support

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Virginia hospitals and health systems provided $2.92 billion in community benefit and other types of community support in 2015, according to the latest annual report on community benefit by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. In addition to their role as providers of essential health services,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

Hospitals are economic engines

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Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

AHA: Medicare, Medicaid underpaid hospitals by $57.8 billion last year

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Medicare and Medicaid underpaid U.S. hospitals by $57.8 billion in 2015, according to the latest data from the AHA's Annual Survey of Hospitals. Underpayment occurs when the payment received is less than the costs of providing care, that is, the amount paid by hospitals for the personnel, technology and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Medicaid

CMS issues guidance on changes to hospital cost report worksheet

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released new guidance on changes to hospital cost report worksheet S-10. Specifically, the agency has modified the instructions for line 20 of the worksheet to include the actual charge amounts for the entire facility, except physician and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

IRS reports to Congress on hospitals' community benefit

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Tax-exempt hospitals’ community benefit activities represented 9.84% of their total expenses for Tax Year 2012, the Internal Revenue Service said in a report recently submitted to Congress. The results are consistent with an Ernst and Young report prepared for AHA for the same period, which shows the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

AHA urges Illinois Supreme Court to reverse adverse hospital tax exemption decision

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The AHA last week urged the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse an appellate court decision that rejected as unconstitutional the state’s property tax exemption standard for hospitals. “Upholding the appellate court’s decision – and thereby endorsing the unsound principle on which its decision rests – would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

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