For Hospitals, Prestige Leads To Profits

(By Shefali Luthra for Kaiser Health News)

When it comes to hospitals, which benefit most from high health care prices? It may sound counter-intuitive, but a group of not-for-profit hospitals appear to be among those doing the best business.

At least, that’s the idea in a study published Monday in Health Affairs. It analyzes how hospitals make money and ranks the nation’s 10 most profitable ones — those making hundreds of millions of dollars through their inpatient and outpatient care. Seven were nonprofits, including the top four.

The findings are based on Medicare cost reports from fiscal year 2013, analyzing almost 3,000 acute-care hospitals. About 60 percent were nonprofit, while one in four were for-profit. The rest were public, or government-owned.  Read article here…..

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