This study from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, finds that between December 2019 and December 2021, nearly one-third of large, tax exempt hospitals improved their charity care policies.
Across the 2-year period, 127 of 151 (84.15) hospitals updated their policies, and 77 (51.0%) made substantial changes.
Of 242 distinct policy changes, 135 were more generous, 46 were more restrictive, and 61 were indeterminate.
Specific policy changes mostly involved:
The findings suggest that greater transparency and simplification in charity care policies are needed to ensure adequate access to charity care, the authors say.Read More >>