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New site gives access to nonprofit hospital financial data

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism.

The Association of Health Care Journalists today unveiled hospitalfinances.org, a website that offers free, searchable financial information on nonprofit hospitals across the United States.

The aim is to make nonprofit hospital finances easier to access, search and analyze. This effort follows years of training by AHCJ to encourage journalists and the public to use nonprofit hospital filings and learn more about hospitals. Continue reading

Credit crisis, IRS changes affect hospital finances (#ahcj09)

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

If ever there was a time to dig into your local hospital’s finances, this is it, Karl Stark told journalists Friday morning.

The Internal Revenue Service has made the first significant change to its 990 form in 30 years, providing more details about charity care and community benefits.

“And there are all these financial pressures coming down on hospitals this year,” said Stark, health and science editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. That may result in a new wave of closures and mergers.

“One of the issues that has been undercovered, in my opinion, is the effect of the credit meltdown on hospitals,” he said.

During a presentation at Health Journalism 2009, Stark provided advice on how to demystify the financial numbers.

Sandy Kleffman of the Contra Costa Times writes about some key points from Stark’s presentation.