Charity care at PinnacleHealth System was up 17 percent in 2012, according to the Harrisburg-based nonprofit's annual report released this week.
The report indicated that total charity care provided in its 2012 fiscal year was $8.46 million, up from $7.22 million in 2011. Those figures do not include shortfalls from government payors or bad debts. PinnacleHealth also reported providing more than $14.8 million in community benefits and reached more than 2.1 million people through programs and services such as free screenings, community health education and chronic disease management in fiscal year 2012.
The report said PinnacleHealth was the only local hospital to net a bonus on reimbursement changes that establish Medicare payment reductions or bonuses based on quality and value criteria. A report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council put PinnacleHealth's aggregate charges for 12 common medical conditions among the lowest in Central Pennsylvania.
PinnacleHealth also saw a lot of changes in 2012, as it made major improvements to Community General Osteopathic and Harrisburg hospitals and worked on constructing the new West Shore Hospital in Hampden Township. It expanded its network to provide more integrated and collaborative care, including the formation of the PinnacleHealth Medical Group and joining Tristán Associates for imaging services.
"We made great progress in 2012, but we're not going to rest on the journey to accountable care. Our vision is to continue to improve quality, reduce costs and increase efficiency by proactively coordinating patients' total healthcare needs," Michael A. Young, president and CEO, said in a news release. "As Pennsylvanians age, the demands for orthopedic, heart and cancer services will increase. Vision 2017 prepares us so that our region has access to the highest quality care, and that care is convenient, especially access to primary care and prevention."