Amid national concern about job growth, the American Hospital Association released a study to demonstrate that hospitals represent a major economic and social engine for their communities. Hospitals are the second-largest source of private sector jobs in the country, employing some 4.8 million people, who have a "ripple effect" on their communities' economies, according to the study, conducted by the Lewin Group for the AHA. The report includes tables detailing how hospital jobs increase total jobs in a state and how hospital spending expands state economies. At deadline, it was not yet available online. The AHA unveiled the report at the start of its annual meeting in Washington and as the House Ways and Means Committee continues examining whether tax-exempt organizations, including hospitals, deserve the special status. An AHA official said the study was planned well before the committee began its examination. A Modern Healthcare article this week discusses the AHA's effort to prove hospitals' value. -- by Jeff Tieman
Hospitals big contributors to economic health: AHA
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