CEO pay at US non-profit hospitals not associated with quality or charity care, study finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6278
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Compensation for chief executive officers (CEOs) at non-profit hospitals in the United States are associated with the hospitals’ patient satisfaction ratings and employment of high technology, but not with their performance on quality measures, financial strength, or provision of charity care, a new study has found.1

In the study, published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Karen E Joynt, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues, analyzed data available from the 2009 tax returns of US hospitals filing as non-profit entities.

They identified 1877 chief executive officers overseeing 2681 non-federal, private, non-profit hospitals in the US, accounting for 98% of private non-profit hospitals operating in the country.

They then looked to see to what degree the hospitals’ compensation packages for their CEOs were associated with various characteristics, such as the hospital size and whether they were teaching hospitals, and, after adjusting …

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