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Opinion: Hospitals that make profits should pay taxes

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hospitals pay nothing in federal taxes. The agency uses a vague “community benefit” standard to liberally grant tax-exempt status to so-called nonprofit hospitals even as many of them are financially taking advantage of sick Americans with inflated medical bills. Where’s the community benefit in that?

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Hospitals largely keep quiet on maternal care since Dobbs, STAT survey finds

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The full scale of the impact, though, has been obscured in a polarized political climate where physicians are often afraid to speak out, or are blocked by their hospitals from talking about their experiences post-Dobbs.

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STAT+: The evidence grows: Prices spike after mergers between far-flung hospitals

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The trend is clear: When hospitals in the same community merge, prices spike. The government has such an easy time blocking those deals, hospitals rarely propose them anymore. But a study released Tuesday adds to a growing body of evidence that prices still go up even if the merging hospitals are far apart.

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STAT+: DOJ investigating Community Health Systems’ hospitals

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Community Health Systems is facing a new federal probe into its hospital billing practices more than four years after the hospital chain settled separate allegations of fraudulent overbilling.

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STAT+: How a major hospital shows just how inflated hospital list prices are

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Hospitals’ list prices for surgeries, therapies, and other procedures always come with massive discounts. Financial documents at a prominent hospital system in Los Angeles show just how large those discounts are — and how raw of a deal uninsured patients could be getting. Cedars-Sinai reported more than $10.2

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STAT+: Hospital price transparency rules are seeding a new crop of health tech startups

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Federal rules forcing hospitals and insurers to post rates for medical procedures have taken effect, but the data’s so messy that a crop of new startups is rushing in to make a business out of parsing it for whoever is willing to pay.

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STAT+: Some nonprofit hospitals spend less on charity care than they receive in tax breaks, new analysis shows

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A new study of hospitals’ charity care spending suggests nonprofit hospitals really aren’t that different from their for-profit counterparts. One major benefit of being a nonprofit hospital is receiving tax exemptions on property taxes, income taxes, and sales taxes.

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