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Deciphering cost reports helps paint picture of hospital's financial health

Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporters Darren Barbee, Yamil Berard and Anthony Spangler spent four months examining the JPS Health Network through public records and data, including financial and tax documents, reports to state and federal agencies, and correspondence.

Berard obtained cost reports for the hospital – and eight others – and analyzed them to determine whether there was evidence that the hospital had hiked prices to increase federal funding and whether price hikes affected some patients, such as the uninsured, more than others. Berard writes about how she went about obtaining cost reports, what kind of information can be found in them and how she did the analysis.

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