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Data Show Outstanding Results, Narrow Margins for Essential Hospitals

Essential hospitals met their core commitment to vulnerable patients in 2012, the association’s new member characteristics data report shows. They also provided a disproportionate share of vital community services, including trauma, burn, and psychiatric care, and physician training—all while often operating at a loss.

Full report: Essential Hospitals Vital Data—Results of America’s Essential Hospitals’ Annual Hospital Characteristics Survey, FY 2012

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KEY FINDINGS

Vital Data includes these findings about essential hospitals:

  • provided 17 percent of all uncompensated care nationally, or about $7.7 billion dollars
  • cared for a racially and ethnically diverse population, more than half uninsured or in Medicaid
  • operated nearly one-third of all level I trauma centers and psychiatric care beds, and 38 percent of burn care beds in the nation’s 10 most-populous cities
  • received high marks for patient satisfaction and quality, including for delivering all recommended care for heart attack and heart failure patients

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Authored by:
Katie Reid, MPH
Brian Roberson, MPA
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Sandy Laycox, MFA
Maya Linson, MS

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