Chart of market performance According to KFF”s analysis, the top 10% of hospitals with the most private insurance are getting more than double the amount per bed compared to those in the bottom 10%–reflecting a more than $20,000 difference per bed.

While Congress and federal agencies are working together to provide financial relief to hospitals and other health care providers that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, one recent study suggests some of the these efforts are lopsided, neglecting some of the nation’s most vulnerable health care institutions while favoring those that make the most from private insurance revenue.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act together provide $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers, including a $100 billion Provider Relief Fund. Half of that Provider Relief Fund is being allocated to health care facilities that provide care to patients using Medicare, based on the providers’ net patient revenue. The first $30 billion of that was distributed between April 10 and April 17, and the remaining $20 billion began distribution on April 24.

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