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Agricultural Worker
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are seasonal or migratory agricultural workers. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 16, Column a.)
Asthma
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have asthma. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Line 5, Column b.)
Auxiliary IRS Form 990
Hospital
An IRS Form 990 (as defined below) filed by a tax-exempt auxiliary organization associated with a hospital. Auxiliary IRS Form 990s are provided to SCHealthData under license from GuideStar, "the leading source of nonprofit information, www.guidestar.org."
Available Bed Days
Hospital
The total amount of bed days available (whether occupied or not occupied) during a given time period.
Average Visits per Nurse Practitioner
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a nurse practitioner or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per nurse practitioner only. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9a, Columns a and b.)
Average Visits per Physician
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per physician only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 8, Columns a and b.)
Average Visits per Physician Assistant
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician assistant or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per physician assistant only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9b, Columns a and b.)
Average Visits per Primary Care Provider
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a primary care provider (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per primary care provider only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Lines 8, 9a, and 9b, Columns a and b.)
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Bed Days
Hospital
The product of the number of beds in a hospital multiplied by the number of days for a time period, such as a fiscal year.
Bed days available
Nursing Homes
The number of beds multiplied by the number of days in the year. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00800, Column 00200
Beds
Hospital
The number of beds in a hospital available for treating patients.
Beds
Nursing Homes
The number of beds available for use by patients. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00800, Column 00100
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Census days
Nursing Homes
Nursing facilities perform regular counts of the number of patients for each insurance type occupying a bed on a given day. For example, a facility will note the number of beds occupied by patients insured through Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. This is generally a daily process for nursing facilities.
Charitable Hospital
Hospital
A hospital operated by a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization
Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Hospital
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), charitable hospitals must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment once every three years, implement a plan to address the needs and make the information available to the public. These assessments allow hospitals to partner with government agencies, organizations and other stakeholders to identify and address unmet community health needs.
Cost per Medical Visit
FQHC
The average cost incurred by an FQHC per medical visit during the calendar year. This measure is calculated by dividing all costs related to medical visits by the number of medical visits. A facility that treats a complex patient population (like an HIV+ population) may have higher costs. (See UDS Table 5, Line 15, Column b and UDS Table 8A, Line 4, Column c.)
Cost per Patient
FQHC
A facility's average cost per patient seen during the calendar year. This measure factors in all costs a facility takes on, such as overhead costs. A facility that offers additional services (such as pharmacy services) may have higher costs. Likewise, a facility that treats a complex patient population (like an HIV+ population) may have higher costs. (See UDS, Table 8A, Line 17, Column C and UDS Table 4, Line 6, Column a.)
Cost per Visit
FQHC
The average cost incurred by an FQHC per visit during the calendar year. This measure factors in all costs a facility takes on, such as overhead costs, and all types of visits, such as visits to a case worker. A facility that offers additional services (such as pharmacy services) may have higher costs. Likewise, a facility that treats a complex patient population (like an HIV+ population) may have higher costs. (See UDS Table 5, Line 34, Column b and UDS Table 8A, Line 17, Column c.)
Cost Report (FQHC)
FQHC
A form filed by FQHCs annually with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The form contains information on costs, employee productivitity, and other variables.
Cost Report (Hospital)
Hospital
A voluminous document filed by hospitals with the government, including the state of South Carolina, each year. The report contains information on a hospital's general characteristics, its finances and where it is making or losing money. The SC Medicaid Program requires the use of the Medicare 2552-10 cost report.
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Designation
Hospital
Hospitals are designated as either rural or urban as defined by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).
Diabetes
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have diabetes. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Line 9, Column b.)
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Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
FQHC
A health center that has met certain criteria (including serving an underserved area of population and offering a sliding fee scale) established by the federal government. These centers receive special grant funding from the federal government and special reimbursement through Medicaid and Medicare.
Five-year Financial/Statistical Summary
Hospital
A summary of five consecutive years of hospital activity that includes key measures of hospital financial and statistical performance.
Five-year Profit/Loss
Hospital
The amount of profit or loss by a hospital over a five-year period.
For-profit Hospital
Hospital
A hospital that is not a non-profit, county, or district hospital.
Foundation IRS Form 990
Hospital
An IRS Form 990 (as defined below) filed by a foundation associated with a hospital. Foundation IRS Form 990s are provided to SCHealthData under license from GuideStar, "the leading source of nonprofit information, www.guidestar.org."
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Healthy Outcomes Plans
Hospital
Community-based plans to reduce per capita costs and improve health outcomes in South Carolina by identifying and investing in hotspots of poor health. All South Carolina-Medicaid designated hospitals have submitted plans targeting more than 8,500 chronically-ill, uninsured high utilizers of emergency department services. These 46 plans submitted by the hospitals in coordination with clinics and primary care safety net providers will become models of ideas and best practices that can improve the coordination of care for the state's most at-risk populations, lower health care costs and further the development of a high-performing, replicable system of care. Hospitals may have made updates to their Healthy Outcomes Plans that are not reflected in the files posted on this website.
HHA Medicaid visits
Nursing Homes
Visits by the facility's home health agency to Medicaid patients. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00400, Column 00500
HHA Medicare visits
Nursing Homes
Visits by the facility's home health agency to Medicare patients. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00400, Column 00400
HHA total visits
Nursing Homes
Visits by the facility's home health agency. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00400, Column 00700
HIV
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have HIV. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Lines 1 and 2, Column b.)
Homeless
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are homeless. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 23, Column a.)
Hypertension
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have hypertension. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Line 11, Column b.)
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IRS Form 990
FQHC
A form filed annually with the Internal Revenue Service by federally tax-exempt organizations, including charitable hospitals. The form provides information on the organization, including its finances and programs. Hospital IRS Form 990s are provided to SCHealthData under license from GuideStar, "the leading source of nonprofit information, www.guidestar.org"
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Medicaid Bed Days
Hospital
Occupied bed days for patients on Medicaid.
Medicaid Bed Days (percent)
Hospital
The percentage of occupied bed days that are Medicaid bed days.
Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payment
Hospital
Payment hospitals receive from Medicaid to offset the unreimbursed cost of treating low-income patients who do not pay the full amount of their inpatient or outpatient hospital bill. The Medicaid DSH payments displayed are based on the federal fiscal year. Hospitals may also receive Medicare DSH payments. However, these payments are not displayed on this website.
Medicaid Occupancy Rate
Hospital
See Medicaid Bed Days.
Medicaid occupied bed days
Nursing Homes
Occupied census days for residents electing/eligible for payment for services from Medicaid. Source: Medicaid occupied bed days (plus HHA visits) - HHA Medicaid visits
Medicaid occupied bed days (plus HHA visits)
Nursing Homes
Occupied census days for residents electing/eligible for payment for services from Medicaid, plus home health agency visits. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00800, Column 00500
Medicaid/CHIP Patients
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are enrolled in Medicaid. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 8, Columns a and b.)
Medicare Bed Days
Hospital
Occupied bed days for patients on Medicare.
Medicare Bed Days (percent)
Hospital
The percentage of occupied bed days that are Medicare bed days.
Medicare occupied bed days
Nursing Homes
Occupied census days for residents electing/eligible for payment for services from Medicare. Source: Medicare occupied bed days (plus HHA visits) - HHA Medicare visits
Medicare occupied bed days (plus HHA visits)
Nursing Homes
Occupied census days for residents electing/eligible for payment for services from Medicare, plus home health agency visits. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00800, Column 00400
Medicare Patients
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are enrolled in Medicare. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 9, Columns a and b.)
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Nurse Practitioner Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a nurse practitioner or other care provider. This measure is the total number of visits per nurse practitioner only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9a, Column b.)
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Occupancy Rate
Hospital
A measure used to determine what percentage of beds are being utilized for a given time period. The rate can be calculated by dividing the number of occupied bed days by available bed days.
Occupancy rate
Nursing Homes
The number of occupied bed days divided by the number of available bed days. Source: Total occupied bed days / Bed days available
Occupied Bed Days
Hospital
Bed days for which the bed was occupied.
Other income
Nursing Homes
Revenue not related to providing care to patients. Source: Worksheet G300000, Line 02500, Column 00100
Other payer occupied bed days
Nursing Homes
Occupied census days for residents not electing/eligible for payment for services from Medicaid or Medicare. Source: Total occupied bed days - (Medicare occupied bed days + Medicaid occupied bed days)
Other Payor Bed Days
Hospital
Occupied bed days for patients not on Medicaid or Medicare.
Other Payor Bed Days (percent)
Hospital
The percentage of occupied bed days that are other payor bed days.
Outpatient
Hospital
A patient who receives treatment at a hospital not needing an overnight stay.
Overhead as a Percent of Total Cost
FQHC
This measure shows how much a facility spent on overhead costs as a percent of total costs during the calendar year. This measure does not classify enabling services (such as outreach, community education, and interpretation services) as overhead. (See UDS Table 8A, Line 16, Column a and UDS Table 8A, Line 17, Column c.)
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Paid FTEs
Nursing Homes
The number of paid full-time equivalent employees. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00800, Column 02200
Patients Below 100% of Poverty
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients whose income puts them below the federal poverty line. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 1, Column a.)
Patients Served
FQHC
The total number of patients served by a facility in a calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 6, Column a.)
Physician Assistant Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician assistant or other care provider. This measure is the total number of visits to physician assistants only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9b, Column b.)
Physician Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician or other care provider. This measure is the number of visits to physicians only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 8, Column b.)
Primary Care Provider Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a primary care provider or other care provider. This measure is the number of visits to primary care providers (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Lines 8, 9a, and 9b, Column b.)
Profit Margin
Nursing Homes
Profit/loss divided by total revenue.
Profit/loss
Nursing Homes
Total revenue minus total expenses. Source: Worksheet G300000, Line 03100, Column 00100
Profit/Loss (FQHC)
FQHC
Total revenue minus total costs during a calendar year. This figure may be affected by special one-time grant funds. (See UDS, Table 8A, Line 17, Column C and UDS, Table 9D, Line 14, Column B.)
Profit/Loss (Hospital)
Hospital
How much profit, or loss, a hospital has had during a given hospital fiscal year. The sources of this profit or loss can come from a combination of multiple sources, such as hospital and non-hospital related patient care and other income generated by the hospital including investments.
Profit/Loss Based on Patient Services
Hospital
Profit or loss hospitals make based on providing care to patients. This care could include hospital and non-hospital patient care related services such as skilled nursing facilities, rural health clinics, home health agencies, etc.
Profit/Loss Based on Patient Services and Other Income
Hospital
A combined measure of the profit or loss hospitals make based on providing care to patients and profit made through other means, such as investments or parking and laundry for non-patients. Patient services could include hospital and non-hospital patient care related services such as skilled nursing facilities, rural health clinics, home health agencies, etc.
Profit/loss from services to patients
Nursing Homes
Profit or loss a nursing home makes based on providing care to patients. Source: Worksheet G300000, Line 00500, Column 00100
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Revenue from BPHC Grants
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from the federal government's Bureau of Primary Health Care grants during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 1, Column a.)
Revenue from Medicaid
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from Medicaid during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 3, Column b.)
Revenue from Medicare
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from treating Medicare beneficiaries during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 6, Column b.)
Revenue from Non-federal Grants or Contracts
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from non-federal grants or contracts (such as grants from state governments or private foundations) during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 9, Column a.)
Revenue from Other Federal Grants
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from federal grant funding (such as Ryan White grants) during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 5, Column a.)
Revenue from Other Public Payers
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from state and local governments through programs other than indigent care programs during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 1, Column a, and UDS, Table 9D, Line 9, Column b.)
Revenue from Other Sources
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from other miscellaneous sources during the calendar year. This can include rental income, pharmacy income, and other types of income. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 10, Column a.)
Revenue from patient care
Nursing Homes
Revenue related to providing care to patients. Source: Worksheet G300000, Line 00300, Column 00100
Revenue from Patient Payments
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from patient payments during the calendar year. This can include payments from self-pay patients and copays from patients with insurance coverage. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 13, Column b.)
Revenue from Private Insurance
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from patients with private insurance (such as employer-sponsored insurance) during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 12, Column b.)
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School-based
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who received care at a school-based facility. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 24, Column a.)
SEC Form 10-K
Hospital
Audited document required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and sent to a public company's or mutual fund's shareholders at the end of each fiscal year, reporting the financial results for the year (including the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and description of company operations) and commenting on the outlook for the future.
Sliding Fee Scale
FQHC
FQHCs are required to have a schedule of fees and discounts for the services they provide to uninsured patients.
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Teaching Facility
Hospital
A hospital that provides education and training to current and future doctors and other health care workers.
Total Cost
FQHC
The total costs incurred by a facility in the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 8A, Line 17, Column C.)
Total expenses
Nursing Homes
Total expenses from all sources. Source: Operating expenses + Other expenses
Total occupied bed days
Nursing Homes
Bed days for which the bed was occupied. Source: Total occupied bed days (plus HHA visits) - HHA total visits
Total occupied bed days (plus HHA visits)
Nursing Homes
Bed days for which the bed was occupied, plus home health agency visits. Source: Worksheet S300001, Line 00800, Column 00700
Total revenue
Nursing Homes
Total revenue from nursing facilities' operations. Source: Net patient revenues + Other income
Total Revenue (FQHC)
FQHC
Revenue a facility garners from all sources during the calendar year. This figure may be affected by special one-time grant funds. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 14, Column b and UDS, Table 9E, Line 11, Column a.)
Total Revenue (Hospital)
Hospital
Revenue a hospital garners from all sources, such as patient services, investments, parking and laundry services.
Total Visits
FQHC
The total number of visits to a facility during the calendar year, whether handled by a primary care provider or other staffer, such as a dentist, a mental health professional, or a case manager. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 34, Column b.)
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UDS Database
FQHC
The Uniform Data System (UDS) contains information on the operation and performance of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes. The UDS is maintained by the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The UDS tracks information such as patient demographics, services provided, staffing, clinical indicators utilization rates costs and revenues. Years refer to calendar years in the database.
Uninsured Patients
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are uninsured. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 7, Columns a and b.)
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Veterans
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are veterans. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 25, Column a.)
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Year
Hospital
On schealthdata.org, years may refer to calendar years, hospital-specific fiscal years, state fiscal years, or federal fiscal years, depending on the selected filing or measure.