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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.


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)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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They need to be tightening up their policies and tracking all of the community benefits and charity care that they are providing so that they get full credit for what they do," she says.
The Illinois General Assembly is considering a bill that seeks to ensure that nonprofit hospitals are providing an adequate amount of charity care.
The purpose of this study was to explore whether Long Island hospitals comply with charity care regulations and to examine whether the hospitals adequately communicate the availability of this care to medically uninsured people in their community.
Investigating the level of charity care of JV hospitals is pertinent to both donors and oversight agencies, particularly considering recent scrutiny by state and local governments (Maiuro, Schneider, & Bellows, 2004).
So, too, has the demand for uncompensated services--notably, charity care for the indigent and the uninsured or underinsured.
However, no significant differences were present in 2009 uninsured payer proportions, charity care, or bad debt across hospitals in LIHP and non-LIHP counties.
The Illinois Attorney General has pushed for a minimal threshold of charity care to be required.
Among the findings in the report, Castellani noted that charity care represents 1% or less of patient costs for about one-quarter of 340B hospitals.
GAAP hasn't prescribed a specific way for healthcare entities to measure the level of charity care they provide.
Nonprofit hospitals have long functioned as the "safety-net" in our health system, but the requirements for charity care seem to be evolving.