Hospitals Switching From Non-profit to For-Profit Status Improve Financially and Continue Serving Poor/Minority Patients

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B-ROLL Various hospital exteriors, ambulance driving by hospital NON-PROFIT HOSPITALS ARE DISAPPEARING FROM THE U-S HEALTH CARE LANDSCAPE. DURING THE PAST DECADE 237 NON-PROFIT HOSPITALS MADE THE SWITCH. SOT/FULL Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H., - Harvard School of Public Health Super@:08 Runs:12 (Video covering middle of bite: nurse in patient room) “People worry that for-profit hospitals will skimp on care, that when a hospital becomes for-profit it’s going to avoid poor patients, it’s going to avoid sick patients, it going to avoid minority patients.” B-ROLL Dr. Jha walking outside, working at his computer, exterior of hospital DR. ASHISH (Ah-Sheesh) JHA (JAH) AND HIS COLLEAGUES FROM THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH MATCHED THOSE 237 HOSPITALS TO HOSPITALS IN THE SAME REGION THAT DIDN’T SWITCH. SOT/FULL Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H., - Harvard School of Public Health Super@:36 Runs:19 (Video covering 1st part of bite: hospital exterior, ambulances) “These non-profit institutions they were usually struggling when they converted to for-profit. They just started getting run better, their costs went down, their revenue stabilized. This conversion really does seem to be helpful to hospitals in terms of making them financially viable institutions.” GXF FULL JAMA COVER THE STUDY APPEARS IN JAMA, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. SOT/FULL Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H., - Harvard School of Public Health Super@:52 Runs:11 “These hospitals don’t seem to be avoiding poor patients, they don’t seem to be avoiding minority patients. The quality of care that they provide seems quite comparable to everybody else in that community.” B-ROLL Various shots of doctors and staff in operating room PATIENT OUTCOMES WEREN’T AFFECTED IN HOSPITALS MAKING THE SWITCH, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS WHO DIED AND THOSE BEING RE-ADMITTED. SOT/FULL Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H., - Harvard School of Public Health Super@1:11 Runs:24 (Video covering middle of bite: patient walking in hospital hallway) “Switching to for-profit status was associated with better financial health but no detrimental effects on patient population, access, quality or patient outcomes. Don’t be distracted by questions like is this a for-profit or non-profit hospital. That’s not what’s important. It’s about priorities around quality and some organizations do it and others don’t.” B-ROLL Dr. Jha on camera CATHERINE DOLF, THE JAMA REPORT.
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