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UC Health delivers $4.4 billion in community benefits

UC Davis Health's Summer Health Institute of Nursing Exploration and Success (SHINES) 2022 cohort

UC Davis Health’s Summer Health Institute of Nursing Exploration and Success (SHINES) 2022 cohort

University of California’s academic health centers and faculty practices provided $4.4 billion in fiscal year 2021-2022 in programs, activities and care. The benefits, which increased by $345 million over the prior year, aligned with the needs of communities across California and had a focus on youth programs, food security and health equity.

UC Health’s community benefits spending has grown by 9 percent since the 2018-2019 fiscal year when the system first began its reporting. Details of the community benefits are provided in this year’s annual report and included:

  • $1.7 billion in net community benefits from UC academic health centers, which is an increase of $28.7 million over the prior year
  • $764 million in community benefits from UC faculty practice groups

Community benefits also included significant amounts of care for people covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal for which UC’s health locations are not compensated. The reimbursement gap for UC hospital-based care delivered to people with Medicare coverage was $1.95 billion. UC’s academic health centers also contributed approximately $1 billion in unreimbursed Medi-Cal care as a benefit, which is equal to a quarter of Medi-Cal community benefits care from all tax-exempt hospitals in the state combined. Further Medicare and Medi-Cal uncompensated care occurred at UC faculty practice groups.

Read the full story from University of California Health News

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