Break Even Analysis
University of Phoenix
Accounting in Healthcare
November 26, 2010
Break Even Analysis
Relevance of DRG Analysis as a Tool in Healthcare
DRG analysis helps managers in health care determine levels of service at which to operate and to break even as well as avoid any loses. Using the DGR analysis, management will be able to determine the appropriate levels at which to operate making the most of any profits (Steven, & David, 2000). The management team of the health care organization will able to determine the level at which marginal costs are at a minimum hence maximizing profits on services in excess of the break even figure. Using the DRG analysis, the organization will be able to arise with strategies that minimizes costs and operate at levels of service above the break-even point so that the organization does not incur any losses in revenue.
Calculation of Break Even Points
Contribution = sales – variable cost
Therefore, contribution margin for each DRG is calculated as follows:
Sales (in $)
Less Variable cost ($)
Required time in hours
Hence contribution per hour = $700/2= $350 $1400/5= $280 $300/1= $300
Weighted average contribution margin:
DRGM = (700/1700) ×100= 41.18%
DRGJ = (1400/2600) ×100 = 53.85%
DRGP = (300/900) × 100 = 33.33%
Therefore, weighted average contribution margin (based on the proportions) is given by 0.4118× 0.5 +0.5385×0.3 +0.3333× 0.2 = 43.41% The break even volume of the organization based on the weighted average contribution is given by total fixed cost per unit contribution (Michael, & John, 2010). BEP = TFC = 890000 + 830000
Therefore, at break-even point:
DRGM (50% proportion) = $1981110 or $1981110/1700 =1165...
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