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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.
B
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.
Beds
Hospital
The number of beds in a hospital available for treating patients.
C
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 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.
D
Designation
Hospital
Hospitals are designated as either rural or urban as defined by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Occupied Bed Days
Hospital
Bed days for which the bed was occupied.
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.
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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.
S
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.
T
Teaching Facility
Hospital
A hospital that provides education and training to current and future doctors and other health care workers.
Total Revenue (Hospital)
Hospital
Revenue a hospital garners from all sources, such as patient services, investments, parking and laundry services.
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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.