HCA Midwest settles charity dispute in Kansas City area
KANSAS CITY (AP) - The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City will pay $15 million to settle a dispute over whether it provided charity health care in the Kansas City area.
The money will go to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, which was created after HCA's purchase in 2003 of former Health Midwest hospitals in the area.
HCA Midwest officials said the organization has exceeded its charity obligations by providing "tens of millions of dollars" in free or uncompensated care every year. The company didn't say exactly how much charity care it provided.
The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1z7Vqik ) HCA was required to provide at least $653 million in charity and uncompensated care in the Kansas City area for 10 years ending in March 2013.