Charity care in Emory Healthcare

charity care

 

Charity Care

Ending the bounce-back

The kind of thing a family would do

Looking at the individual


Uninsured patients, some among the recently or not so recently unemployed, some working two or more jobs, continue to arrive at Emory’s doors.

In fiscal year 2010-2011, Emory Healthcare physicians provided $68.7 million in charity care. This was an increase of 8% over the previous year, and there is every indication that the number of patients in desperate need of such help will continue to rise. This dollar amount does not include millions of dollars of uncompensated care provided by Emory physicians practicing in affiliate facilities, such as the publicly funded Grady Memorial Hospital (see page 16). Nor does it count the value of care they provided in free or sliding-scale clinics in the community.

What charity care does include is (1) indigent care provided to patients with no health insurance, not even Medicare or Medicaid, and (2) catastrophic care provided to patients whose medical bills are so large, relative to their situation, that paying these bills would be permanently life-shattering.

In addition to charity care, Emory Healthcare provides numerous other community services whose goal is to improve access to care, advance medical knowledge, and relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts. In fiscal year 2010–2011, this total for Emory Healthcare was $109,251,988. Following are examples of what this total includes:

- $5,449,299 for activities such as the following: discounted/free prescription drug programs; programs for indigent patients; in-kind donations to organizations such as MedShare (see story); transportation services; flu shots; blood drives; subsidized continuing care, nursing home care, and home care; American Heart Association fundraising walk; and educational programs for the public, future health professionals, and patients

- $87,382,287 shortfall between Emory Healthcare’s cost to provide care to Medicaid patients and Medicaid reimbursement

- $16,420,402 costs to Emory Healthcare for the Georgia provider tax






         
 
 

Charity care totals Fiscal year 2010–2011

■ Emory University Hospital/
   Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Center..........................$29,338,808

■ Emory University Hospital Midtown..............................................18,064,061

Emory Johns Creek Hospital........................................................ 1,059,464

■ The Emory Clinic, Emory Children’s Center, 
   and Emory Specialty Associates*...............................................19,001,389  

■ Wesley Woods Center.................................................................1,238,517

    Total................................................................................. $68,702.239

 The $68.7 million total above represents the unreimbursed cost of providing charity care, based on actual expenses to Emory Healthcare. Cost reporting is now standard for calculating charity care totals, as required by the Internal Revenue Service and advocated by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Catholic Health Association.

 *Emory Specialty Associates is an outreach physician practice organization within Emory Healthcare.

 
         


Fiscal year 2009–2010

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