Charity care in Emory Healthcare

Charitycare


Emory Healthcare provided $73.5 million in charity care in fiscal year 2016-2017.

“Charity care” as a definition falls into two categories: (1) indigent care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no resources of their own and (2) catastrophic care for patients who may have some coverage but for whom health care bills are so large that paying them would be permanently life-shattering.

The box below details the charity care provided at individual Emory Healthcare facilities. Included elsewhere in this book is information about uncompensated care provided by Emory physicians who practice at Grady Memorial Hospital and at other facilities.

In addition to charity care, Emory Healthcare provides many other services to help improve access to care, advance medical knowledge, and relieve or reduce dependence on taxpayer-funded community efforts. In fiscal year 2016-2017, this total for Emory Healthcare was $70,385,835. Examples of what this total includes follow:

  • $11,164,695 from the community benefit inventory for social accountability (CBISA). Significant CBISA dollars include activities such as 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
  • $33,580,847 shortfall between Emory Healthcare's cost to provide care to Medicaid patients and the Medicaid reimbursement
  • $25,640,293 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 2016—2017

■ Emory University Hospital/ Emory University Orthopaedics
   & Spine Center..................................................$18,908,604

■ Emory University Hospital Midtown........................18,592,262 

■ Emory Rehabilitation Hospital..................................2,408,026

■ Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.................................9,079,121

■ Emory Johns Creek Hospital....................................2,664,690

■ Emory Clinic and Emory Specialty Associates...........21,675,433

■ Budd Terrace skilled nursing facility.............................183,174

Total...................................................................$73,511,310

The $73.5 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.