charity care

Suncoast Community Health Centers

Community health centers that serve poor patients around Florida are worried that new restrictions on state and federal funding could hurt their ability to provide charity care.

Tampa General Hospital

Florida hospitals recently learned that an agreement between the state and federal governments will provide them with up to $1.5 billion to cover care for people who can’t pay.

But local governments will have to put up $559 million in matching funds before hospitals can access all of that money.

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As Bayfront Health St. Petersburg transformed from a non-profit hospital losing money to a slimmed down for-profit venture with corporate headquarters in Tennessee, it reduced the amount of charity care the hospital provides, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Senators Reject Major Health Regulation Change

Feb 18, 2016

With hospitals, nursing homes and hospice providers lined up in opposition, a Senate panel Wednesday rejected a proposed overhaul of a key regulatory process for new health-care facilities.

A Florida Senate health panel has killed a bill granting a new exemption to state hospital licensure rules.

Florida hospitals paid for $1.5 billion in health costs for uninsured and underinsured patients last year.

Complaints alleging that the Jackson Health System is barring Miami-Dade residents from the hospital’s charity care program have been filed with the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Miami Herald reports.

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How much charity care is enough for a hospital to earn its nonprofit, tax-exempt status? Apparently there is no rule about that, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

The IRS requires nonprofit hospitals to provide, in detail, the “community benefits” they provide. But the IRS doesn’t have specific targets that nonprofits have to hit when it comes to providing uncompensated care.