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Shirtz Community Hospital has been under increasing pressure to be accountable for its patient charges. The hospital's current pricing system is ad hoc, based on pricing norms for the geographical area; only direct costs for surgery, medication, and other treatments are explicitly considered. The hospital's controller has suggested that the hospital improve pricing policies by seeking a tighter relationship between costs and pricing. This approach would make prices for services less arbitrary. As a first step, the controller has determined that most costs can be assigned to one of three cost pools. The three cost pools follow along with the estimated amounts and activity drivers.
The hospital provides service in three broad categories. The services follow with their volume measures for the activity centers.
a. What bases might be used as cost drivers to allocate the service center costs among the patients served by the hospital? Defend your selections.
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b. The hospital currently charges an "add-on" rate calculated using professional hours to patients' direct charges. What rate is Shirtz Community Hospital charging per hour? Round to the nearest dollar.
$ per professional hour
c. Determine the allocation rates for each activity center cost pool.
Professional salaries $ per hr.
Building costs $ per sq. ft.
Risk management $ per patient
d. Allocate the activity center costs to the three services provided by the hospital.
Outpatient care $
e. Shirtz Community Hospital has decided to estimate costs by activity center using professional hours. What is the cost per professional hour of each activity center? Round to the nearest dollar.
Surgery $ per professional hour
Housing $ per professional hour
Outpatient care $ per professional hour