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Association between COVID-19 relief funds, hospital characteristics

JAMA Health Forum

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What The Study Did: The results of this analysis suggest that financial assistance to hospitals through distribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds may have gone to hospitals that were in a stronger financial situation prior to the pandemic but funds also went disproportionately to those that eventually had the most COVID-19 cases.

Authors: Christopher M. Whaley, Ph.D., of RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, is the corresponding author.

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