|ENVISION HEALTHCARE CORP filed this Form 10-Q on 08/08/2017|
for under each patients’ healthcare plan, mandated payment rates under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and historical cash collections. The Company records net revenue from uninsured patients at an estimated realizable value, which includes a provision for uncollectible balances, based on historical cash collections (net of recoveries). The Company records revenue net of an allowance for contractual adjustments, which represents the net revenue expected to collect from third-party payors (including managed care, commercial and governmental payors such as Medicare and Medicaid) and patients insured by these payors. These expected collections are based on fees and negotiated payment rates in the case of third-party payors, the specific benefits provided for under each patient's healthcare plans, mandated payment rates in the case of Medicare and Medicaid programs, and historical cash collections (net of recoveries). The provision for uncollectibles includes an estimate of uncollectible balances due from uninsured patients, uncollectible co-pay and deductible balances due from insured patients and special charges, if any, for uncollectible balances due from managed care, commercial and governmental payors.
In certain circumstances, federal law requires providers to render emergency medical services to any patient who requires care regardless of their ability to pay. Services to these patients are not considered to be charity care and provisions for uncompensated care for these services are estimated accordingly. Although the Company does provide a level of charity care, it is not significant to the Company's net revenues.
Estimating net revenue is a complex process, largely due to the volume of transactions, the number and complexity of contracts with payors, the limited availability, at times, of certain patient and payor information at the time services are provided, and the length of time it takes for collections to fully mature. In the period services are provided, the Company estimates gross charges based on billed services plus an estimate for unbilled services based on pending case data collected, estimates contractual allowances based on contracted rates and historical or actual cash collections (net of recoveries), when available, and estimates the provision for uncollectibles based on historical cash collections (net of recoveries) from uninsured patients. The relationship between gross charges and the allowances for both contractual adjustments and provision for uncollectibles is significantly influenced by payor mix, as collections on gross charges may vary significantly depending on whether and with whom the patients the Company provides services to in the period are insured and the Company's contractual relationships with those payors. Payor mix is subject to change as additional patient and payor information is obtained after the period services are provided. The Company periodically assesses the estimates of unbilled revenue, contractual adjustments, provision for uncollectibles and payor mix for a period of at least one year following the date of service by analyzing actual results, including cash collections, against estimates. Changes in these estimates are charged or credited to the consolidated statement of operations in the period that the assessment is made. Significant changes in payor mix, contractual arrangements with payors, specialty mix, acuity, business office operations, general economic conditions and health care coverage provided by federal or state governments or private insurers may have a significant impact on estimates and significantly affect the results of operations and cash flows. Concentration of credit risk with respect to other payors is limited due to the large number of such payors.
The Company's billing and accounting systems provide historical trends of cash collections and contractual write-offs, accounts receivable agings and established fee adjustments from third-party payors. These estimates are recorded and monitored monthly as revenues are recognized. These estimates are not, however, established from billing system generated contractual adjustments based on fee schedules for the patient’s insurance plan for each patient encounter. The principal exposure for uncollectible fee for service visits is from self-pay patients and, to a lesser extent, for co-payments and deductibles from patients with insurance.
Net revenue for the Company consists of the following major payors (in millions):