Unequal States: Mapping Healthcare's Diverging Paths
The Affordable Care Act is having profound and disparate effects on the finances of not-for-profit health systems. Modern Healthcare reporter Beth Kutscher explored these changes in a series supported by a reporting fellowship from the Association of Healthcare Journalists, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund.
As the need for charity care drops, some hospitals and health systems across the country are targeting funds to address societal ills such as poverty, violence, hunger, poor nutrition and lack of housing.
A small but growing group of not-for-profit hospitals and health systems are spending more money on nontraditional community benefit programs. Besides carrying out their not-for-profit charitable mission, these systems hope that their efforts will pay dividends under value-based payment models.