Charity care in Emory Healthcare

Charity care at Emory Healthcare

 

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Charity care in Emory Healthcare
Overview

• Emory University Hospital
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
• Emory Johns Creek Hospital
• Emory Wesley Woods Hospital
• Winship Cancer Institute

Emory at Grady Hospital

Emory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center

Serving locally and globally

Education

Research

Economic impact

Woodruff Health Sciences Center

In fiscal year 2013-2014, Emory Healthcare provided $85 million in charity care, an increase of 6% over the previous year, which itself was an increase of 11.4% over the year before.

"Charity care" is defined as follows: It includes indigent care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no resources of their own. It also includes catastrophic care for patients who may have some coverage but for whom health care bills are so large that even if it were possible to pay them, doing so would leave their lives further shattered.

The box below details the charity care provided at individual Emory Healthcare facilities. Included elsewhere in this book are amounts of uncompensated care provided by Emory physicians who practice at Grady Memorial Hospital and at other hospitals and clinics where many volunteer during their free time.

In addition to charity care, Emory Healthcare provides numerous other services to help improve access to care, advance medical knowledge, and relieve or reduce dependence on taxpayer-funded community efforts. In fiscal year 2013-2014, this total for Emory Healthcare was $64,029,894. Following are examples of what this total includes:

- $5,636,472 from the community benefit inventory for social accountability (CBISA). Significant CBISA dollars include activities such as the following: discounted/free prescription drug programs; programs and contracted services for indigent patients; in-kind donations to organizations such as MedShare; transportation services; flu shots; blood drives; subsidized continuing care, nursing home care, and home care; sponsorship of selected charity health awareness events; and educational programs for the public, future health professionals, and patients

- $41,280,771 shortfall between Emory Healthcare’s cost to provide care to Medicaid patients and Medicaid reimbursement

- $17,112,651 costs to Emory Healthcare for the Georgia provider tax, which supports the Medicaid budget and helps maintain payment levels for all Medicaid providers


         
   

Charity care totals Fiscal year 2013—2014

■ Emory University Hospital/
   Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Center.................................$26,848,014

■ Emory University Hospital Midtown...................................................21,293,481

■ Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.........................................................14,566,913

■ Emory Johns Creek Hospital..............................................................3,572,581

■ Emory Clinic and Emory Specialty Associates.....................................19,957,010 

■ Emory Wesley Woods Center................................................................529,711

    Total.........................................................................................$85,272,875

The $85 million total above represents the unreimbursed cost of providing charity care, based on actual expenses to Emory Healthcare. Cost reporting is standard for calculating charity care totals, as required by the Internal Revenue Service and advocated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Catholic Health Association.

 
         
Fiscal year 2009–2010

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Community Benefits Report Cover 2014