2011 Community Benefit Report
Community benefits are services that Johnston Health provides beyond billable patient care. They include such things as free health screenings and the expense associated with recruiting doctors. During 2011, the value of those services was more than $15 million.
What follows is a breakdown of those services.
Charity Care and Bad Debt
In keeping with its nonprofit mission, Johnston Health doesn’t charge people who lack the means to pay. Patients qualify for charity care if their total household incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Bad debt is made up of people who can’t or won’t pay for services. In 2011, the combined cost to treat those patients was $15 million.
Johnston Health offers services to needy patients through Medicaid, a federal-state program that does not fully reimburse hospitals for the care they provide. Reimbursements for Medicare, the federally-funded program for older citizens and the disabled, also fall short of covering costs. In 2011, the gap between costs and payments was $11 million.
Community Health Outreach
Nurse educators stage free health screenings and teach classes on health-related topics such as Lamaze and diabetes care. During 2011, Johnston Health spent $18,000 on community health outreach and $1,000 on professional health information.
Johnston Health gives to nonprofit and community causes. The most notable was a $70,000 contribution to Johnston Community College to support the nursing program. In 2011, cash contributions totaled $88,800.
Johnston Health provides free services to Project Access patients. Since the initiative started in January of 2008, the network of doctors and specialists has seen, at no charge, 1,120 people who can’t afford private health insurance or who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. The value of those services donated in 2011 by Johnston Health was $1.4 million.
Johnston Health works with Wake YWCA’s EncorePlus program to offer free mammograms to women 40 and older who are uninsured or under-insured. The value of those exams in 2011 was $22,922.
Johnston Health recruits doctors and specialists to fill identified service needs in the county. In 2011, the value of that service was $700,000.