Foreword - Non-General Acute Care Facilities - Vol. Two

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council is an independent state agency charged with addressing the cost and quality of health care in Pennsylvania. The Council fosters competition in the health care market through the collection, analysis and dissemination of quality health care information.

In order to maintain a high quality, cost-effective health care delivery system, hospitals and freestanding surgery centers must be financially viable. Beginning with fiscal year 1989, the Council has produced a series of Financial Reports that measure the financial health of the Commonwealth’s hospitals and surgery centers and the utilization of their services.

This is the second volume of a two-volume set. Volume One was released in April 2002 and focused on the financial health of Pennsylvania’s General Acute Care (GAC) hospitals. This report, Volume Two, addresses Pennsylvania’s Non-General Acute Care hospitals (rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute and specialty) and the ambulatory surgery centers. In addition, this report couples utilization information from the subunits of other hospitals with the data from the freestanding non-GAC hospitals. As a result, this report provides some perspectives on the total long-term acute, rehabilitation, and psychiatric care provided at both GAC and freestanding non-GAC hospitals.

The information contained in this report was derived from audited financial statements submitted by the facilities, the Council's annual financial form, and the Council's clinical database. The hospitals and the surgery centers are required by law, under ACT 89 of 1986, to submit this financial and utilization information to the Council. Every reasonable effort has been made by the Council to ensure the accuracy of the information herein. Each facility had the opportunity to review their data and to make corrections. The ultimate responsibility for data accuracy lies with the individual facility.