Issue: Community Benefit

Iowa Hospitals Exceed $945 Million in Community Benefit

Iowa hospitals continue to implement strategies that increase value to their patients and communities by offering high-quality care to individuals, addressing health needs and implementing process improvements that bend the cost curve. By seeking out ways to raise quality, reduce waste and increase safety, Iowa hospitals have become value leaders in their communities. A statewide survey by the Iowa Hospital Association shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2018 valued at more than $945 million.

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Iowa Hospitals Provide Community Benefit

A statewide survey by the Iowa Hospital Association shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2017 valued at nearly $881 million, including more than $224 million in charity care. Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and provide greater access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which is made up of both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.

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