To offset the costs to hospitals for uncompensated care delivered to low-income insurance patients, the state provides subsidies through the New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program (Charity Care Program). For calendar year (CY) ending in 2013, New Jersey hospitals reported $1.024 billion inpatient (54% or $533 million) and outpatient (46% or $471 million) in Documented Charity Care (DCC) in CY 2013. Total DCC increased 2.6 percent from 2012, and was an increase of 2.9 percent from CY 2011.
Thirty two hospitals each reported above $10 million in documented charity care in CY 2013. These 32 hospitals accounted for 79 percent of all DCC statewide. Forty hospitals or 56 percent of hospitals reported a decrease in DCC.
At the county level Morris and Mercer/Hunterdon Counties as the highest decrease in DCC of $3.7 million and $3.2 million respectively, and Bergen and Middlesex/Somerset counties experienced the largest increase in DCC between CY 2012 of $19.1 million and $5.5 million respectively.