This study provides a snapshot of the considerable investments safety net hospitals have made to prepare for and operate during the pandemic. It also depicts the dramatic financial impact the pandemic has had on these hospitals as of September 2020. The crisis has “shined a light on health disparities,” as one executive put it, underscoring the importance of maintaining the financial health of safety net hospitals serving populations hardest hit by the pandemic.
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