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VIOLENCE: $2.7 billion cost to hospitals and health systems

Overall, we estimated that proactive and reactive violence response efforts cost U.S. hospitals and health systems approximately $2.7 billion in 2016.”

In this analysis prepared for the American Hospital Association, the actuarial firm Milliman estimated the costs to hospitals and health systems associated with preventing and preparing for violence (such as security and training) as well as the portion of medical care for victims that is not covered by third party payers.  Violence occurring in the community and within health facilities was studied.  The two largest components of violence-related costs were found to be providing the security staff and infrastructure on hospital campuses and the costs of uncompensated/under compensated medical care provided to victims of violence.

Source: van den Bos, J., and others. (2017, July 26). Cost of community violence to hospitals and health systems. Milliman.  Click here: http://www.aha.org/content/17/community-violence-report.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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