Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Stuff of Story

The need to see a pattern
in a mysterious universe is as old as the human race.
Arnold Toynbee
*
We tell ourselves stories
in order to live
Joan Didion
*
In the beginning God
created heaven and earth.
The Bible
*
The most beautiful experience
we can have is the mysterious.
Whoever does not know it 
and can no longer marvel,
is as good as dead.
Albert Einstein 
*
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by 
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

*
A. A. Milne




Trump Amerika


The Leader

What rough beast, 
its hour come at last...?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Unhealthy Broward Health

              North Broward Hospital District
                        Financial Trends
                  Per adjusted admission
FY                        2007             2017*       CPI  18%
Gross Charges     $31,064       $35,268            14%
Bad Debt             ($2,935)       ($3,691)             26%
Charity Care        ($2,890)       ($1,310)            (55%)
Net Op. Rev.         $7,739         $9,071               17%
Tax Revenue         $1,858         $1,207             (35%)
Non Op. Rev.        $344            $386                  12%
Total Revenue       $9,941         $10,664              7%
Total  Expenses    ($9,097)      ($10,723)            18%
Surplus (Loss)       $844          ($59)                 (107%)
                                               * six months
Source - North Broward Hospital District     

HL Hell

The Last American Newspaperman
H. L. Mencken
1880-1956
Of all the escape mechanisms,death is the most efficient.
*
Democracy is the theory that
 people know what they want,
and deserve to get it
good and hard!
*
Journalists are, in the main,
extremely stupid,sentimental,
and credulous fellows --
because nothing is easier
 than to fool them --
because the majority of them
lack the sharp intelligence
that the proper discharge of
their duties demands.
*


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Quote of the Day

  The trouble with lawyers
                  is lawyers
            Clarence Darrow


   North Broward Hospital District
                 Legal Costs
           2009               2016

      $3,707,500    $8,322,322 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sick Health Redux

  "Broward Health remains committed to its public
service mission. Providing care to indigent patients

is and will remain a priority to the hospital system."
 Rhonda A. Calhoun, Broward Health Commissioner
        Broward Health - Key Financial Data
     One of the nation's ten largest health care systems
All data per adjusted admissions
Total System                  2011                 2017*       CPI -  9%
Gross Charges              $30,918           $35,277               14%
Bad Debt                        ($3,079)           ($3,560)              16%
Charity Care                  ($2,863)           ($1,350)              (53%) 

Total Cost                      ($5,942)            ($4,910)              (17%)
Tax Revenue                  $1,262               $1,236                 0%

Tax Reimbursed            21.2 per $1       25.2 per $1       ! ! !      
Total System
Revenue                        $9,873                $10,714              8%
Expense                       ($9,077)              ($10,753)            18%
Total Surplus                 $796                  ($39)                 (105%)

                     *First four months of Fiscal Year      
               Source - North Broward Hospital District
             Milenium Trends
        Average Daily Patient Census
                            2008             2016
    Total                914               867           (5%)           

    Medicare        352               334           (5%)
    Medicaid        130               187            49%
     Private
       Insured        217               247           14%
    Uninsured      158              92             (42%)