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St. Anthony's Annual Community Benefit Nears $1.7 Millsion

Thursday, 22 July 2010

 That amount, based on 2009 figures, includes $511,038 in uncompensated care and $1,171,311in free or discounted community benefits that St. Anthony Regional Hospital specifically implemented to help Carroll area residents.

Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care.  Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.

St. Anthony’s dialysis service and mental health services are examples of two programs that benefit the Carroll area. Patients who received dialysis treatments at St. Anthony in 2009 were provided services with a value of  $141,870 above reimbursements, while St. Anthony contributed $569,692 in services for mental health patients. “St. Anthony’s mission is to provide care for members of our community,” said Gary Riedmann, hospital president, “This care is provided in response to community needs, without regard to patients’ ability to pay.”

The results for St. Anthony are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2009 valued at more than $1.2 billion.  All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey. The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of individual communities, as well as entire counties and regions.  Many of these programs and services simply would not exist without hospital support and leadership, said IHA President Kirk Norris.

But the ability of Iowa hospitals to respond to such needs is being hindered by the current economic downturn, as well as by losses caused by Medicare and Medicaid. Total uncompensated care in Iowa for 2009, including charity care and bad debt, was valued at more than $796.4 million, an increase of $85.9 million (12 percent) over 2008.
St. Anthony has not been immune to recent economic conditions, and has experienced the shift of patients being more responsible for their healthcare expenses as a result of insurers implementing higher deductibles and co-payments, or, for some, the loss of personal or family healthcare coverage.

Meanwhile, Medicare and Medicaid, which represent about 60 percent of all hospital revenue in Iowa, created approximately $310 million in losses for the state’s hospitals during 2009. St. Anthony lost $5,112,000 to Medicare and $999,750 to Medicaid in 2009.

Federal health care reform legislation passed earlier this year moved Medicare several steps toward a payment system that recognizes and rewards high-quality, low-cost providers like Iowa hospitals.  Studies have shown that as much as 30 percent of health care is wasted by either being duplicative or ineffective and that some states, including Iowa, do a much better job of providing efficient care.  Reducing that waste would save billions of dollars, which could be directed toward providing coverage for the uninsured.


Last updated ( Monday, 26 July 2010 )

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401