Hospital revenues hold steady

The number of patients who can’t afford to pay for the care they receive from area hospitals has been steady or rising, but those health care providers made money this year.

Revenues for Johnson Memorial Hospital and Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis are expected to be up this year compared with 2011, hospital leaders Larry Heydon and Jay Brehm said. Revenue at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis was unchanged from last year, president Tony Lennen said.

Johnson Memorial saw a dip in the number of patients who were admitted this year. But it made up for the lost income by keeping better track of the services patients received so it was being properly reimbursed by insurance companies and Medicare. The hospital also added several physicians to entice more people to come to the hospital and its facilities, hospital president Heydon said.

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