New Jersey hospitals provided $1.1 billion in charity care to the state's poor and uninsured in 2005, nearly 45,000 free or reduced-cost health-related community programs and more than 500 programs that support the community health mission, according to a report by the Health Research & Educational Trust of New Jersey. A not-for-profit affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the trust compiled the report based on an electronic survey and short community-benefits reporting form. In total, 60 hospitals out of 115 members completed the survey. The survey based the charity-care calculations strictly on charity carenot bad debt or Medicare/Medicaid shortfallsprovided at Medicaid rates, the same method the state uses to document hospitals' charity care, a spokeswoman said.
Total profits at outpatient surgery centers in Pennsylvania soared to nearly 21% in 2005, as the number of such facilities continued to climb, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council said in a new report. In all, 25 new outpatient surgery centers opened in Pennsylvania between June 2005 and May 2006, bringing the statewide total to 202. And surgery centers' statewide total margin hit 20.87% in fiscal 2005, up from 18.82% in fiscal 2004. Since 2001, the statewide total margin for surgery centers has surged a total of 9.5 percentage points, according to the report. Outpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures grew 34.5% in Pennsylvania in the past five years, with almost three-fourths of the growth occurring at surgery centers.
Tufts-New England Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital, both based in downtown Boston, will join forces to build a new hospital in the suburbs, officials announced last month. Officials with the two hospitals374-bed Tufts and 98-bed New England Baptistsaid the project, the first new acute-care facility in the state in the last quarter-century, will have up to 190 beds and will cost as much as $300 million if state regulators give their approval. In a letter to Tufts' employees, Ellen Zane, the hospital's president and chief executive officer, said a decision on the location of the suburban campus will be made over several months by the two hospitals, both affiliates of the Tufts University School of Medicine. The two organizations will "remain independent entities sharing a campus,'' Zane wrote, noting that Tufts has no plans to leave its current longtime home. The project is expected to take about five years.
The Cambridge Health Alliance has formed an affiliation with the Harvard School of Public Health. The alliance is a three-hospital system and its 148-bed Cambridge Hospital is a public hospital. Through the affiliation the alliance and the school will develop teaching, research and training opportunities. The alliance is also affiliated with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Harvard Medical School and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
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