Consumers Union is disappointed in MODERN HEALTHCARE. In covering a legislative hearing on charity-care challenges facing California ("Not on the same page," June 21, p. 76), you devoted an entire page to the fact that California Deputy Attorney General H. Chester Horn Jr. disagrees with our definition of charity care and the way we quantified it in a recent report. The story also quotes and paraphrases third parties who appear to support Horn's criticisms.
Missing from the story are key facts. The definition of charity care used in our report is the official state definition. Figures used in our report were the most current data reported to the relevant state agency. Horn did not offer his definition of charity care at the hearing.
MODERN HEALTHCARE does not attempt even a semblance of balance. It does not include comments from any of the many professionals in the field who support the findings of the Consumers Union report. Most glaringly missing from your piece is any discussion of the charity-care challenges facing the state of California, which was the subject of the hearing.
We look forward to more-balanced and fair reporting from MODERN HEALTHCARE in the future.
Director, West Coast Regional Office