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.

Part: 1

Hospitals broaden scope of community-benefit work

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.

Part: 2

Health systems hope social initiatives will produce better health outcomes and lower costs

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.

Part: 3

Health systems urge Senate to revamp or repeal Stark law

Executives of large health systems told Congress on Tuesday that an anti-kickback law could hinder value-based payment models.


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