Lakeside Hospital Case

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Lakeside Hospital
A hospital just can’t afford to operate a department at 50 percent capacity. If we average 20 dialysis pa- tients, it costs us $425 per treatment, and we’re only paid $250. If a department can’t cover its costs, includ- ing a fair share of overhead, it isn’t self-sufficient and I don’t think we should carry it.

Peter Lawrence, M.D., Director of Specialty Services at Lakeside Hospital, was addressing James Newell, M.D., Chief Nephrologist of Lakeside’s Renal Division, concerning a change in Medicare’s payment policies for hemodialysis treatments. Recently, Medicare had begun paying independent dialysis clinics for standard dialysis treatments, and the change in policy had caused patient volume in Lakeside’s dialysis
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As a re- sult, their per treatment costs were significantly lower than those in a hospital facility. For example, a treatment in a center operating at 100 percent capacity with 40 patients could cost as

little as $160.
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LAKESIDE DATA Lakeside’s direct and allocated costs for the Renal Dialysis Unit in the previous fiscal year are detailed in Exhibit 1. Dr. Newell also obtained the unit’s cost center report for the same fiscal year (Exhibit 2), which provided a breakdown of the unit’s direct costs. Dr. Newell intended to use the prior year’s costs to calculate the per-treatment cost at various volume levels for the current year. He also wanted to find the point at which the unit’s revenue would meet


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