AzHHA Releases Hospital Finance Reports for September / by Joe Furia

Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Results for September 2018 show a marked increase in overall operating income year to date. At the same time, uncompensated care is continuing to run well below the levels encountered when enrollment was frozen. The graph below illustrates that uncompensated care rose when the number of childless adults covered by the AHCCCS program declined, and then decreased when coverage was restored and expanded to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Other key results include the cost of uncompensated care in millions of dollars for reporting hospitals compared to prior periods:

                                               2018      2017     2016     2015

January – September            $207      $194    $212      $223

Uncompensated care %        2.6%      2.5%    2.7%     3.1%

In September 2013, uncompensated care for the month was 8 percent, while in September 2012, the uncompensated care percentage for the month was 7.8 percent. In both months the enrollment was frozen. In September 2018, uncompensated care percentage was 2.8 percent reflecting the impact of increasing the number of lives covered by insurance.