Cost Accounting for Health Care Organizations

Cost Accounting for Health Care Organizations

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This book provides a thorough coverage of the essentials of cost accounting from a health care perspective. It covers all of the basic tools of cost accounting common to all industries, and uses health care examples. Part I provides the reader with a solid foundation in the essentials of cost accounting. The chapters in this section provide an introduction to costing and cost definitions. Various approaches to product costing and cost allocation are discussed. Breakeven analysis is also covered, as are techniques for making nonroutine decisions. Part II presents a number of specific tools for improved planning and control. The chapters in this section focus on forecasting and prediction of future costs, budgeting, flexible budgeting, variance analysis, and management control. Part III addresses a number of additional cost accounting tools that can be helpful in generating management information for decision making. Specifically, there are chapters on cost accounting, productivity measurement, inventory, uncertainty, information systems, and performance evaluation. The criticisms of cost accounting and a number of suggested approaches for improvement are discussed in Part IV. The chapters in this part also examine activity-based costing, total quality management, and the future of costing. Each chapter is followed by one or more articles that apply some of the material discussed in the chapter. The last chapter provides a summary of the book.the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), which administers the Medicare program. However, because a Medicare Cost Report focuses largely on the calculation of costs, it is properly a part of cost accounting as well. This bookanbsp;...

Title:Cost Accounting for Health Care Organizations
Author:Steven A. Finkler, David Marc Ward
Publisher:Jones & Bartlett Learning - 1999-01-01


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