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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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Charity care and bad debt costs as a percent of hospital total expenses declined slightly for for-profit hospitals, increased slightly for nonprofit hospitals, and were unchanged for public hospitals.
The study looked at uncompensated care, which is the sum of charity care and bad debt, Medicaid-covered services, specialized services and the value of tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals (White, Nguyen, & Alshadye, 2006).
* Adoption and wide publication of a charity care policy;
The EITF recently addressed the diversity in practice that exists among healthcare entities regarding the measurement of charity care for disclosure purposes (Issue No.
The requirements, set out in Internal Revenue Ruling 69-545 (1969), do not speak directly to the need for charity care, but rather highlight a series of criteria such as operating a full-time emergency room, providing nonemergency services to all who are able to pay, participating in Medicare and Medicaid, having a representative governing board, allowing staff privileges to all qualified applicants, and reinvesting surplus funds in operations.
The decision probably means that at some point the Illinois legislature has to get involved if Provena holds up over the long term, whether to overrule or set a minimum on charity care, Colombo said.
The pain of the recession is coursing through hospitals, too, as charity care and bad debt climb precipitously.
A recent "Wall Street Journal" article showed how tax-exempt organizations were paying out what some consider inflated executive salaries while providing relatively little in terms of charity care or community benefit.
He was also a member of the Financial Solvency Standards Board, Department of Managed Care, State of California, and the Attorneys General Task Force on Charity Care. His range of governmental experiences in the United States includes local and state government agencies as well as various branches of the federal government.
Ginsburg, Ph.D, HSC president and study coauthor, states that, "The downward trend in real incomes since the mid-1990s likely is an important driver of growing physician unwillingness to provide such pro bono work as charity care and serving on hospital committees." The study also concludes that growth in the test/procedure arena accounts for faster growth in medical specialists' incomes over primary care physicians.