Primer On Interpreting Hospital Margins

Date
07/2003
Description

Explains the most commonly used measures of hospital profitability, and how they are used to inform policy changes. Covers measures of overall or payer-specific profitability, total margins and operating margins. Particular emphasis on the different formulas as they impact rural versus urban hospital figures. Addresses the different ways in which these measures are commonly aggregated when they are used in descriptive studies or regulatory impact statements.

Center
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Authors
Kathleen Dalton, Rebecca Slifkin