Do Mass. hospitals give more than they get in tax breaks? One nonprofit says ‘nope.’

"It’s an open secret that not all spending hospitals can claim as community benefits are actually meaningful for community health," the nonprofit's president, Vikas Saini, and policy analyst, Judith Garber, wrote. "The broad definition of community benefit — one of many loopholes in the U.S. tax code — allows hospitals to include spending on items that don’t directly address community health needs. That’s why we focused on the spending that matters most for local communities, some of which are losing tens of millions of dollars in property tax revenue to support nonprofit hospitals." More

‘Houston, We Have A Problem’: Abandoning Their Mission, Nonprofit Hospitals Have Veered Far Off Course

According to a new report by the Lown Institute, close to 80% of more than 1,700 nonprofit hospitals studied “spent less on charity care and community investment than the estimated value of their tax breaks.” The report also found that this so-called “fair share” deficit, which was $14.2 billion in 2020, was “enough to erase the medical debts of 18 million Americans or rescue the finances of more than 600 rural hospitals at risk of closure.” More

LISTEN: Hospitals expanding across central Ohio, around the country

Every major hospital in central Ohio is expanding, as some are building bigger facilities and some are including more in-patient beds. That’s also true for the rest of the state and across the U.S. What’s driving this construction boom and who will fill all the beds and pick up the tab? Guests:

  • Tom Campanella, Health Care Executive-In-Residence at Baldwin Wallace University
  • Jay Anderson, Chief Operating Officer for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Dr. Vikas Saini, President of Lown Institute

U.S. Rep. Summer Lee Blasts UPMC Over Charitable Donations

"We already knew UPMC was ripping us off, exploiting our hospital workers to the point of a staffing crisis that puts our loved ones’ lives at risk, and leaving our most marginalized communities behind without access to care," Lee, a Pittsburgh Democrat, said in a statement. "But the fact that we now know that UPMC is cheating our community out of $246 million on the backs of taxpayers is shameful beyond reprieve." More

Report: Nonprofit hospitals not paying their ‘fair share’ to the community

“There needs to be a paradigm shift,” Saini said. “What we need from hospitals in the 21st century is different from how we used to do things. Our goal with this is to ask a series of questions, ask everybody … to examine the question: how we should be doing this? Because the way we’re doing it, is not really meeting the needs of communities.” More

Study: 2 metro Atlanta hospitals listed among most charitable in the U.S.

“We’re starting to see policymakers and communities hold hospitals accountable for their social responsibility,” said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute, said during a webinar Tuesday about the report. “For example, state and local officials in Atlanta and the Georgia NAACP recently filed a federal complaint against Wellstar Health System for closing two hospitals known for serving the Black community while planning to open a new hospital in a whiter and wealthier area.” More

Report: Nonprofit hospitals make billions more in tax breaks than they reinvest into communities

"Americans desperately need hospitals to use their billions in tax breaks as intended: to promote health while relieving the problems of medical debt and access to care," said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute. "These are charitable organizations and they should do a better job at prioritizing social responsibility over profitability." More

25 hospitals where charity care exceeds tax breaks

Lown Institute, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, released a new report April 11 examining the finances of 1,773 nonprofit hospitals in the U.S. The report — which does not include large health systems like Renton, Wash.-based Providence; Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente; Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham; Cleveland Clinic; and Detroit-based Henry Ford — found that some hospitals fell short on and others exceeded expected investments in their communities. More

Lown Institute: Even after community investment, nonprofit hospitals’ tax savings enough to rescue ‘every rural hospital at risk of closure’

Lown found that 77% of the reviewed hospitals spent less on community investments and charity care than the estimated value of their tax breaks. The group wrote that many facilities that had the largest deficit “also received millions in COVID-19 relief funding and ended the year with high net incomes.” More