Health Care Finance; Operating Bugets and Capital Expenditre Budgets

5 questions

Assignment Exercise 15–1: Budgeting

Select an organization; either Metropolis Health System from the Chapter 25 Case Study or

one of the organizations presented in the Mini-Case Studies in Chapters 26–28.


1. Using the organization selected, create a budget for the next fiscal year. Set out the

details of all assumptions you needed in order to build this budget.

2. Use the “Checklist for Building a Budget” (Exhibit 15-2) and critique your own


Assignment Exercise 15–2: Budgeting

Find an existing budget from a published source. Detail should be extensive enough to

present a challenge

Assignment Exercise 15–3: Transactions outside the Operating Budget

Review Figure 15-2 and the accompanying text.

Metropolis Health System has received a wellness grant from the charitable arm of an

area electronics company. The grant will run for twenty-four months, beginning at the first

of the next fiscal year. Two therapists and two registered nurses will each be spending half

of their time working on the wellness grant. All four individuals are full-time employees of

MHS. The electronics company has only recently begun to operate the charitable organi-

zation that awarded the grant. While they have gained all the legal approvals necessary, they

have not yet provided the manuals and instructions for grant transactions that MHS usually

receives when grants are awarded. Consequently, guidance about separate accounting is

not yet forthcoming from the grantor.


How would you handle this issue on the MHS operating budget for next year?

Assignment Exercise 15–4: Identified versus Allocated Costs in Budgeting

Review Figure 15-3 and the accompanying text.

Metropolis Health System is preparing for a significant upgrade in both hardware and

software for its information systems. As part of the project, the Chief of Information Oper-

ations (CIO) has indicated that the Information Systems (IS) department can change the

format of the MHS operating budgets and related reports before the operating budget is

constructed for the coming fiscal year. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has long wanted

to modify what costs are identified and what costs are allocated (along with the method of

allocation). This is a golden opportunity to do so. To gain ammunition for the change, the

CFO is preparing to conduct a survey. The survey will obtain a variety of suggestions for po-

tential changes in allocation methods for the new operating budget report formats. You

have been selected as one of the employees who will be surveyed

Assignment Exercise 16–1: Capital Expenditure Proposals

Ted Jones, the Surgery Unit Director, is about to choose his strategy for creating a capital

expenditure funding proposal for the coming year. Ted’s unit needs more room. The

Surgery Unit is running at over 90% capacity. In addition, a prominent cardiology surgeon

on staff at the hospital wants to create a new cardiac surgery program that would require

extensive funding for more space and for new state-of-the-art equipment. The surgeon has

been campaigning with the hospital board members.

What should Ted decide to ask for? How should he go about crafting a strategy to justify his

request, given the hospital’s new scoring system?

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