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COVID-19 and hospital financial viability

JAMA Health Forum

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: The results of this study that included 2,163 hospitals suggest that although hospitals experienced a sizeable reduction in operating margins in 2020, their overall profit margins remained similar to those in prior years, suggesting that the COVID-19 relief fund effectively offset the financial losses for hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government, rural and smaller hospitals generated higher overall profit margins during 2020 than in prior years.

Authors: Ge Bai, Ph.D., C.P.A., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, is the corresponding author.

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