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Changes to 990 forms make hospital finance investigations necessary

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 Karl Stark, health and science editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. That may result in a new wave of closures and mergers.

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