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    Denison Specialty Hospital

    Denison Specialty Hospital is planning its master budget for the coming year. The budget will include operating, capital, cash, and flexible budgets. The hospital is noted for its three fine programs: Oncology (cancer), Cardia (heart), and Rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

    Part I. Section A

    The managers at Denison have been busy working. They have reviewed past records, considered changes in competition, the general economy, and overall medical trends. Using past changes and anticipated rates of medical inflation, they have also made a first attempt at setting their prices.
    Based on a thorough review and discussion of these data, they have projected that next year will have 240 patients. They expect 120 oncology patients, 80 cardiac patients, and 40 rhinoplasty patients.
    The charge, or list price, for Oncology patients will average $50,000. Cardiac patients will be charged an average of $40,000, and rhinoplasty, $25,000 per patient. However, those charges often are not the actual amount ultimately received.
    The amount the hospital receives depends on whether patients pay their own hospital bills or have health care insurance. Assume that private insurance companies pay the full charge or list price. However, Medicare and Medicaid have announced rates they will pay for the coming year as follows: Oncology patients $40,000, Cardiac patients, $30,000, Rhinoplasty $10,000. Self-pay patients are supposed to pay the full charge, but generally 25 percent of self-pay charges become a bad debt. Note that bad debts are treated as expense in health care. They may not be shown as a reduction lowering revenues. The full charge for self-pay patients is shown as revenue, and then the uncollectible amount is shown as an expense. No payment for charity care is ever received, and charity care is not shown as a revenue or expense.

    The payer mix is as follows:
    Private Insurance Medicare/Medicaid Self-Pay Charity
    Oncology 30% 50% 10% 10%
    Cardiac 20% 60% 10% 10%
    Rhinoplasty 10% 20% 60% 10%

    Gift shop revenue is projected to be $120,000 for the current year and is expected to remain the same. However, this revenue will increase or decline in proportion to changes in patient volume.

    Denison Hospital has an endowment of $1,000,000. It is invested as follows:

    ● $500,000 in 6 percent U.S Government Bonds that pay interest annually,
    ● $250,000 in AT&T stock, which pays a dividend of 8 percent annually, and
    ● $250,000 in growth stocks that pay no dividend.

    Section A requirements:
    1. Calculate patient revenue on accrual basis for the coming year. Subdivide revenue by program, and within each program subdivide it by type of payer.
    2. Calculate endowment revenue on an accrual basis for the coming year.
    3. Prepare a revenue budget on an accrual basis, including all sources of revenue discussed previously. The revenue budget does not have to show all of the detail from requirements 1 and 2, but should show each major source of revenue, such as patient services and endowment.

    Section B

    The hospital expects to employ workers in the following departments:
    Radiology Nursing Administration Total
    Managers $100,000 $200,000 $200,000 $500,000
    Staff 1,900,000 4,200,000 300,000 6,400,000
    Total $2,000,000 $4,400,000 $500,000 $6,900,000

    Supplies are expected to be purchased throughout the year for the departments, as follows:

    Radiology $360,000
    Nursing 160,000
    Administration 20,000
    Total $540,000

    Assume that all supply use varies with the number of patients.

    Denison Hospital currently pays rent on its building and equipment of $300,000 per year. Rent is expected to be unchanged next year. The rent is paid $75,000 each quarter.

    To better serve its patients, Denison would like to buy $500,000 of new oncology equipment at the start of next year. It would be paid for immediately upon purchase. The equipment has a five-year life and would be expected to be used up evenly over that lifetime. Although the capital budget would normally include justification for why the equipment is needed, it is sufficient for our purposes to know that the capital budget for Denison is $500,000 and the equipment to be purchased has a five-year useful life. It will have no value left at the end of the five years. Denison charges the cost of its capital acquisitions on a straight-line depreciation basis. That means that the cost is spread out over the useful life, with an equal share being charged as an expense, called depreciation expense, each year.

    Section B Requirements:

    1. Calculate expected bad debt expense on an accrual basis for the coming year.
    2. Calculate an expense budget on an accrual basis for the coming year. The expense budget does not require detailed information by program or department, but should show each type of expense such as salaries and supplies. Be sure to consider the impact of capital acquisitions on the expense budget.
    3. Combine the revenue (Section A) and expense budgets to present an operating budget for the coming year.
    Section C.
    The programs at Denison consume the services of departments as follows:

    Radiology Nursing Administration ___________________________________________________________________
    Oncology 80% 50% 50%
    Cardiac 15% 40% 35%
    Rhinoplasty 5% 10% 15%

    That is, oncology patients consume 80 percent of the services of the radiology department but only 50 percent of the nursing services provided.

    Note that Denison classifies rent, depreciation, and bad debts expenses as "General Expenses" rather than assigning them to any specific department. However, if equipment can be specifically traced to a program, the depreciation on that equipment is charged to that program.

    Section C Requirements:
    1. In Part I, Section B, number 2, you prepared a line-item expense budget on an accrual basis. Prepare the expense budget again as a responsibility center budget, showing the projected costs for each department (Radiology, Nursing, and Administration).
    2. Prepare an expense budget with expense shown by program (Oncology, Cardiac, Rhinoplasty). For simplicity, assume that bad debts are not assigned to specific programs.

    Section D.
    The hospital usually prepares a flexible budget as part of its annual master budget to assess the likely impact of patient volume variations on revenues and expenses.

    The salaries of managers are all fixed costs. That type of expense does not change as patient volume changes. The staff salaries are variable costs (expenses) in all areas except in the administration department, where they are fixed. All salaries are paid in equal amounts each month. Variable salaries vary in direct proportion to patient volume. Supplies vary in direct proportion to patient volume.

    Section D Requirements:
    1. Prepare a flexible budget assuming patient volumes are 10 percent and 20 percent higher and 10 percent and 20 percent lower than expected. Also include the expected patient volume level in the flexible budget.

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