Eileen Salinsky, Consultant
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) created new community benefit requirements for tax-exempt hospitals. This Forum session examined hospital community benefit levels prior to enactment of the ACA; discussed new federal requirements regarding hospital financial assistance policies, fair billing, and debt collection practices; and explored how rules proposed by the IRS are likely to affect state regulators, hospitals, and patients.
The Forum has published three related papers on this topic, by Eileen Salinsky:
- "Schedule H: New Community Benefit Reporting Requirements for Hospitals" (Background Paper No. 67, April 21, 2009)
- "Show Me the Money: The Implications of Schedule H" (Issue Brief No. 831, April 21, 2009)
- "What Have You Done for Me Lately? Assessing Hospital Community Benefit" (Issue Brief No. 821, April 19, 2007)
- Gary J. Young et al., "Provision of Community Benefits by Tax-Exempt U.S. Hospitals," New England Journal of Medicine, 368, no. 16 (April 18, 2013): pp. 1519-1527
- Carol Pryor et al., "Best Kept Secrets: Are Non-Profit Hospitals Informing Patients About Charity Care Programs?" The Access Project, Community Catalyst, May 2010
- Healthcare Financial Management Association, "Patient-Friendly Billing Resources"