Healthcare DIVE October 22, 2021
Ron Shinkman

Dive Brief:

  • The disbursement of federal coronavirus relief funding to hospitals disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 patients early on in the pandemic was far from equitable, according to a study published Friday in JAMA Health Forum.
  • Larger academic medical centers received a significantly larger proportion of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds than smaller and more rural hospitals, the study of more than 950 facilities concluded.
  • While the study’s researchers concluded that funding “may have disproportionately gone to hospitals that were in a stronger financial situation prior to the pandemic,” relief did also go to hospitals that had a larger proportion of patients infected by COVID-19.

Dive Insight:

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