Use the data provided in the “Revenues” and “Expenses” spreadsheets to perform a variance analysis. See attached for “Revenues” and “Expenses” spreadsheets.
1. What was the hospital’s original profit forecast (assume away any issues with depreciation, taxes, etc.)? Halfway through the fiscal year, what is the hospital’s revised projection for FY11 profits?
2. Which inpatient service lines are overbudget? Which product lines are overbudget after accounting for workload increases?
3. What actions would you take at the mid-year point if you were a fee-for-service hospital? In other words, where are the problem areas on which you would focus your attention, and who might provide ideas for “best practices” based on their performance?
4. What actions would you take at the mid-year point if you were a capitated hospital? In this case, the revenue spreadsheet would be replaced with an overall budget of $50 million with which to operate (rather than being able to bill for each episode of patient care). Federal, state, county, and city hospitals normally operate under a capped budget. Additionally, many HMOs also operate under a fixed Per Member, Per Month (PMPM) capitated process.