Steven Brill breaks down how much top hospital CEOs make per patient stay

Hospital CEOs netting even just a few dollars in earnings per patient day often haul in considerable salaries, lawyer and journalist Steven Brill claims in new research published in Axios on Tuesday.

To examine the relationship between patient days and executive salary, Brill merged American Hospital Directory data about hospital operations, including patient beds and total patient days,  with IRS information on what nonprofit hospitals pay their top brass.

The result is a list of the reported annual payouts to the CEOs of the 20 largest hospital systems, ranked by the number of hospitals in the system, divided by the annual number of patient days recorded at each hospital.

In other words, the research shows how much these CEOs got paid for each day a person spends in their hospital.


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