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Some hospital CEOs get bigger compensation packages

Some hospital CEOs get bigger compensation packages

Many Maryland hospital and health system CEOs received pay increases in recent years even as they complained of shrinking profit margins and warned of cutbacks unless they could increase the rates they charge.

Eleven executives earning seven-figure compensation packages including salary, bonus, retirement and other pay saw their total pay rise from as little as 0.13 percent to as much as 308 percent in the fiscal year that ended in 2012, according to tax filings. Another executive earning more than $1 million saw a pay cut.

Some of the larger compensation increases included retirement benefits earned over years of service that were reported as income under new tax rules. In...