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SAFETY NET HOSPITALS: 35% net revenue from Medicaid

The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) conducts an annual utilization and financial survey of member hospitals.  These are safety net hospitals, those that care for large numbers of patients who are uninsured or underinsured.  The report contains both national and hospital-specific data.  It includes interesting comparisons between safety-net hospitals and other US hospitals.  The bar graphs comparing average outpatient visit volume, average ED visit volume, and average admission volume of the safety net hospitals and other acute care hospitals illustrate the leading role that the NAPH member hospitals play in providing both inpatient and outpatient care. 

Here are national data for safety net hospitals in 2010 as far as payer mix.  These are percentages of payer source for NET REVENUES:

  • 35% Medicaid
  • 27% commercial
  • 21% Medicare
  • 11% federal/state/local payments
  •   4% other
  •   2% uninsured

What I like about this article:  1. Authoritative source;  2. National survey data;  3. Includes hospital-specific data; 4. It’s FREE on the web.

Source: Zaman, O.S., Cummings, L.C., and Laycox, S.  America’s Safety Net Hospitals and Health Systems 2010: Results of the Annual NAPH Hospital Characteristics Survey.  Washington, D.C.: National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, May 2012.  Click here for report: http://www.naph.org/Main-Menu-Category/Publications/Safety-Net-Financing/2010-NAPH-Characteristics-Report.aspx?FT=.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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