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CAMC reports $115 million in area benefit

By Candace Nelson

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Area Medical Center provided more than $115 million in benefits to the community last year, according to a recent report.

In CAMC's 2012 Community Benefit report, CAMC General Hospital, CAMC Memorial Hospital and CAMC Women and Children's Hospital contributed a total of $115,446,844 to the area through health services and other programs.

The hospitals track all the programs and services and report the findings to the IRS as part of their nonprofit status, said CAMC spokesman Dale Witte. This report, which was presented at CAMC's last monthly board meeting, reflects programs and services in 2012 that work to improve the health of the community.

"Most people think of the hospital as the place you come in when you're sick or hurt, and you're taken care of, but there's so much more CAMC does for the community," Witte said.

"From training classes for EMTs and educational classes and telemedicine classes for rural hospitals and physicians in rural areas of the state. It's more than just the care you receive at the hospital itself.

"And Larry Hudson (chief financial officer) reported that our community benefit was approaching 15 percent of our revenue, which is way, way beyond what the national average is — which is more around 3 or 4 percent. We are doing a lot for our community."

The report shows that charity care at cost totaled $39,922,587. This is the fee or discounted health services provided to people who meet CAMC's criteria for financial assistance and are deemed unable to pay for all or a portion of the services.

Charity care does not include bad debt or uncollectible charges, the difference between the cost of care provided under Medicaid or other government programs, or contractual adjustments with third-party payors.

Government sponsored means-test health care shortfalls include the unpaid costs of public programs for low-income people. The shortfalls are created when a facility receives payments that are less than the cost of caring for public program beneficiaries.

The total for unreimbursed Medicaid totals $32,445,846, and other public unreimbursed costs, which include CHIPS, Prevention First, Catastrophic Illness Commission and Community Access Program, totaled $2,527,523.

Subsidized health services totaled $912,050. That includes clinical programs that are provided despite a financial loss so significant that negative margins remain after removing the effects of charity care, bad debt and Medicaid shortfalls. Services are provided because they meet an identified community need. They include Family Resource Center support at $437,705, the Lactation Support Program at $164,278, Palliative Care Program at $291,120 and Health Kids Weight Management at $18,947.

Community benefit programs and services come to $39,638,838. That includes community health improvement services at $3,423,481; health professions education at $35,701,431; financial and in-kind contributions at $198,394; community building activities at $227,742; and community benefit operations at $87,790.

Other figures that are not included as part of the community benefit report are unreimbursed Medicare at cost at $47,311,019 and bad debt at cost at $40,084,124.

For more information on CAMC, visit http://www.camc.


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