Accession Number : ADA188983

Title :   MEDICARE: Share of Hospitals' Inpatient Use and Revenue.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV

PDF Url : ADA188983

Report Date : Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The GAO investigated the effects of Medicare's prospective payment system (PPS) on the financial status of rural hospitals. Using the latest data avaialable, we computed Medicare's share of total inpatient days, discharges, and revenues for 1985. The data were obtained from the cost report tapes maintained by the Health Care Financing Administration, which administers the Medicare program. This briefing report provides statistical data on 4,977 PPS hospitals nationwide and separately for 59 Arizona hospitals. The data show that Medicare is an important source of business for hospitals, representing an average 31.5 percent of revenues, 32.3 percent of discharges, and 42.0 percent of inpatient days. While the program is important to all hospitals, it is more important to rural hospitals as a source of payment, and to those rural hospitals with less than 50 beds in particular. As is the case nationwide, Medicare is important to Arizona hospitals in terms of inpatient hospital use and revenues. However, in Arizona, Medicare is slightly more important to urban hospitals that to rural hospitals.

Descriptors :   *HOSPITALS, *ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, ARIZONA, COMMERCE, COSTS, MEDICAL SERVICES, PATIENTS, RURAL AREAS, SOURCES, TAPES, URBAN AREAS, COST ANALYSIS, PUBLIC HEALTH, ECONOMIC IMPACT

Subject Categories : Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE