Obamacare pushed nonprofit hospitals to do good beyond their walls. Now what?
Kaiser Health News - 03/16/2017
Advocates hoped the health law would change this. The idea was to push nonprofit hospitals to invest more in public health initiatives that do not directly earn them money — giving such programs more value on the balance sheet. But it’s hard to gauge whether that’s happened.
“You can find hospitals that have done this. But … are we seeing a real shift in the hospital community? Or are these a few hospitals that are outliers?” said Gary Young, director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research at Northeastern University. “We’ve asked them to make a sea change in how they’re doing things. And that can’t happen overnight.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has long urged that more scrutiny be applied to nonprofit hospitals’ tax status. (Courtesy of the Congressional Pictorial Directory)