White Coat Notes

State releases report on hospital, HMO spending for programs that improve residents’ health

If you’re interested in knowing how much money your local hospital or health maintenance organization spent on “community benefits’’ and the programs it supported, the latest reports are here.

Massachusetts hospitals provided more than $661 million in community benefits—programs to improve people’s health—in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012, a 6.2 percent increase over the prior year, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office.

Most hospitals report addressing one of the five statewide priorities identified in the Attorney General’s Community Benefit Guidelines. They include supporting health care reform, chronic disease prevention and management, reducing health disparities, addressing health needs of the uninsured, and promoting wellness of vulnerable populations.

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HMOs spent $161 million on community benefits. You can find the details here.

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