Ohio hospitals are cornerstones of the communities they serve, caring for the sick and injured and advancing wellness. Nonprofit hospitals measure the impact of community benefit programs and report annually to the IRS on Form 990, Schedule H. The Catholic Health Association publishes standards for community benefit definition.
Ohio hospitals in fiscal year 2019 contributed $7.9 billion in net community benefit throughout the state, a $553 million, or 8%, increase over the prior year.
OHA annually publishes a statewide summary.
Ohio hospitals invested more than $4.5 billion in community activities to improve the health of local citizens, neighborhoods and communities they serve, up $400 million from the prior year.
Every Ohio hospital has a discount policy based on a patient's income and often provides reduced or free services. Hospitals also provide free basic care to the indigent or uninsured through the Hospital Care Assurance Program. Even with the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Ohio, hospitals provided $559 million in charity care, up $59 million over the prior year.
Ohio hospitals provided $10.3 billion in total uncompensated care, up $616 million from the prior year. Total uncompensated care includes charity care, free or discounted community services, Medicaid and Medicare shortfalls and bad debt.