New bad debt accounting standards likely to remake community benefit reporting
from Modern Healthcare
It's the end of bad debt as we know it. A new accounting standard dramatically narrows what hospitals can report as bad debt, or payments they anticipated but never received. The majority of what used to qualify as bad debt won't be reported as such under new U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, which most health systems started using Jan. 1. That could throw a wrench into how hospitals report their community benefits.
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