Community Benefit Provided by Virginia Hospitals Keeps Rising

VHHA's annual community benefit survey has found that Virginia’s hospitals and health systems continue to invest in the community they serve even as they deal with funding cuts and reimbursement shortfalls. Community benefit for 2015 is 3 percent greater than last year. The value of community benefit services extends well beyond the essential health services hospitals and health systems provide. They include free care provided to the uninsured and many other programs hospitals support to help improve the health and quality of life for people in the communities local hospitals serve. The graph below illustrates total community benefit, by category, for 2015. Charity care and Medicare shortfall continue to be the two largest categories, accounting for more than 40 percent of the total (see Figure 1). Total community benefit provided by hospitals and health systems has increased each year since 2008 (see Figure 2). Medicare shortfall and charity care consistently rank as the largest categories that contribute to overall community benefit. (2/10)

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