Dr. Ed Chou has had a first-of-its kind study published in the New England Journal of Medicine

April 18, 2013 – CCDTR researcher Chia-Hung (Ed) Chou, PhD and his co-authors carried out a first-of-its-kind study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine in which they examined the extent to which community benefits were provided by tax-exempt hospitals across the nation.  In collaboration with researchers from the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, Bouvé College of Health Sciences and D’Amore–McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, Dr. Chou and colleagues used reports that hospitals filed with the Internal Revenue Service for fiscal year 2009 that provide expenditures for seven types of community benefits to complete the analysis.  Their findings indicated that the U.S. tax-exempt hospitals provided a varied level of community services, with little benefit-related expenditures spent on community health improvement and most expenditures allocated to patient care services.  The study was highlighted in media outlets including the LA Times.