Medical services for which no payment is received. Uncompensated care includes charity care and bad debts.
The condition in which individuals are financially unable to access adequate medical care without depriving themselves and their dependents of food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials of living.
Hospitals owned and operated by a corporation or an individual that operate on a for-profit basis, also referred to as investor-owned hospitals.
Accounting procedures for determining credit status and methods of obtaining payment.
The obtaining and management of funds for hospital needs and responsibility for fiscal affairs.
Private, not-for-profit hospitals that are autonomous, self-established, and self-supported.
Reorganization of the hospital corporate structure.
Economic aspects related to the management and operation of a hospital.
Payments that include adjustments to reflect the costs of uncompensated care and higher costs for inpatient care for certain populations receiving mandated services. MEDICARE and MEDICAID include provisions for this type of reimbursement.
Status not subject to taxation; as the income of a philanthropic organization. Tax-exempt organizations may also qualify to receive tax-deductible donations if they are considered to be nonprofit corporations under Section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
Social welfare organizations with programs designed to assist individuals in need.
A professional society in the United States whose membership is composed of hospitals.
Hospitals controlled by the county government.
The legal relation between an entity (individual, group, corporation, or-profit, secular, government) and an object. The object may be corporeal, such as equipment, or completely a creature of law, such as a patent; it may be movable, such as an animal, or immovable, such as a building.
Organized institutions which provide services to ameliorate conditions of need or social pathology in the community.
The expenses incurred by a hospital in providing care. The hospital costs attributed to a particular patient care episode include the direct costs plus an appropriate proportion of the overhead for administration, personnel, building maintenance, equipment, etc. Hospital costs are one of the factors which determine HOSPITAL CHARGES (the price the hospital sets for its services).
Individuals or groups with no or inadequate health insurance coverage. Those falling into this category usually comprise three primary groups: the medically indigent (MEDICAL INDIGENCY); those whose clinical condition makes them medically uninsurable; and the working uninsured.
Federal program, created by Public Law 89-97, Title XIX, a 1965 amendment to the Social Security Act, administered by the states, that provides health care benefits to indigent and medically indigent persons.
The prediction or projection of the nature of future problems or existing conditions based upon the extrapolation or interpretation of existing scientific data or by the application of scientific methodology.
Statistical measures of utilization and other aspects of the provision of health care services including hospitalization and ambulatory care.
Detailed financial plans for carrying out specific activities for a certain period of time. They include proposed income and expenditures.
An Act prohibiting a health plan from establishing lifetime limits or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits for any participant or beneficiary after January 1, 2014. It permits a restricted annual limit for plan years beginning prior to January 1, 2014. It provides that a health plan shall not be prevented from placing annual or lifetime per-beneficiary limits on covered benefits. The Act sets up a competitive health insurance market.
Insurance providing coverage of medical, surgical, or hospital care in general or for which there is no specific heading.
Generally refers to the amount of protection available and the kind of loss which would be paid for under an insurance contract with an insurer. (Slee & Slee, Health Care Terms, 2d ed)
Hospitals located in a rural area.
The closing of any health facility, e.g., health centers, residential facilities, and hospitals.
A medical-surgical specialty concerned with management and care of women during pregnancy, parturition, and the puerperium.
Laws and regulations concerning hospitals, which are proposed for enactment or enacted by a legislative body.
Processes or methods of reimbursement for services rendered or equipment.