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St. John’s Medical Center (SJMC) has five medical technicians who are responsible for conducting cardiac catheterization testing in SJMC’s Cath Lab. Each technician is paid a salary of $36,000 and is capable of conducting 1,000 procedures per year. The cardiac catheterization equipment is one year old and was purchased for $250,000. It is expected to last five years. The equipment’s capacity is 25,000 procedures over its life. Depreciation is computed on a straight-line basis, with no salvage value expected. The reading of the catheterization results is conducted by an outside physician whose fee is $120 per test. The technician’s report with the outside physician’s note of results is sent to the referring physician. In addition to the salaries and equipment, SJMC spends $50,000 for supplies and other costs needed to operate the equipment (assuming 5,000 procedures are conducted). When SJMC purchased the equipment, it fully expected to perform 5,000 procedures per year. In fact, during its first year of operation, 5,000 procedures were run. However, a larger hospital has established a clinic in the city and will siphon off some of SJMC’s business. During the coming years, SJMC expects to run only 4,200 cath procedures yearly. SJMC has been charging $850 for the procedure—enough to cover the direct costs of the procedure plus an assignment of general overhead (e.g., depreciation on the hospital building, lighting and heating, and janitorial services). At the beginning of the second year, an HMO from a neighboring community approached SJMC and offered to send its clients to SJMC for cardiac catheterization provided that the charge per procedure would be $550. The HMO estimates that it can provide about 500 patients per year. The HMO has indicated that the arrangement is temporary—for one year only. The HMO expects to have its own testing capabilities within one year. Required: 1. Classify the resources associated with the cardiac catheterization activity into one of the following: (1) committed resources, or (2) flexible resources. 2. Calculate the activity rate for the cardiac catheterization activity. Break the activity rate into fixed and variable components. Now, classify each activity resource as relevant or irrelevant with respect to the following alternatives: (1) accept the HMO offer, or (2) reject the HMO offer. Explain your reasoning. 3. Assume that SJMC will accept the HMO offer if it reduces the hospital’s operating costs. Should the HMO offer be accepted? 4. Jerold Bosserman, SJMC’s hospital controller, argued against accepting the HMO’s offer. Instead, he argued that the hospital should be increasing the charge per procedure rather than accepting business that doesn’t even cover full costs. He also was concerned about local physician reaction if word got out that the HMO was receiving procedures for $550. Discuss the merits of Jerold’s position. Include in your discussion an assessment of the price increase that would be needed if the objective is to maintain total revenues from cardiac catheterizations experienced in the first year of operation. 5. Chandra Denton, SJMC’s administrator, has been informed that one of the Cath Lab technicians is leaving for an opportunity at a larger hospital. She met with the other technicians, and they agreed to increase their hours to pick up the slack so that SJMC won’t need to hire another technician. By working a couple hours extra every week, each remaining technician can perform 1,050 procedures per year. They agreed to do this for an increase in salary of $2,000 per year. How does this outcome affect the analysis of the HMO offer? 6. Assuming that SJMC wants to bring in the same revenues earned in the cardiac catheterization activity’s first year less the reduction in resource spending attributable to using only four technicians, how much must SJMC charge for a procedure?

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St. John’s Medical Center (SJMC) has five medical technicians who are responsible for conducting cardiac catheterization testing in SJMC’s Cath Lab. Each technician is paid a salary of $36,000 and is capable of conducting 1,000 procedures per year. The cardiac catheterization equipment is one year old and was purchased for $250,000. It is expected to last five years. The equipment’s capacity is 25,000 procedures over its life. Depreciation is computed on a straight-line basis, with no salvage value expected. The reading of the catheterization results is conducted by an outside physician whose fee is $120 per test. The technician’s report with the outside physician’s note of results is sent to the referring physician. In addition to the salaries and equipment, SJMC spends $50,000 for supplies and other costs needed to operate the equipment (assuming 5,000 procedures are conducted). When SJMC purchased the equipment, it fully expected to perform 5,000 procedures per year. In fact, during its first year of operation, 5,000 procedures were run. However, a larger hospital has established a clinic in the city and will siphon off some of SJMC’s business. During the coming years, SJMC expects to run only 4,200 cath procedures yearly. SJMC has been charging $850 for the procedure—enough to cover the direct costs of the procedure plus an assignment of general overhead (e.g., depreciation on the hospital building, lighting and heating, and janitorial services).

At the beginning of the second year, an HMO from a neighboring community approached SJMC and offered to send its clients to SJMC for cardiac catheterization provided that the charge per procedure would be $550. The HMO estimates that it can provide about 500 patients per year. The HMO has indicated that the arrangement is temporary—for one year only. The HMO expects to have its own testing capabilities within one year.

Required:

  1. 1. Classify the resources associated with the cardiac catheterization activity into one of the following: (1) committed resources, or (2) flexible resources.
  2. 2. Calculate the activity rate for the cardiac catheterization activity. Break the activity rate into fixed and variable components. Now, classify each activity resource as relevant or irrelevant with respect to the following alternatives: (1) accept the HMO offer, or (2) reject the HMO offer. Explain your reasoning.
  3. 3. Assume that SJMC will accept the HMO offer if it reduces the hospital’s operating costs. Should the HMO offer be accepted?
  4. 4. Jerold Bosserman, SJMC’s hospital controller, argued against accepting the HMO’s offer. Instead, he argued that the hospital should be increasing the charge per procedure rather than accepting business that doesn’t even cover full costs. He also was concerned about local physician reaction if word got out that the HMO was receiving procedures for $550. Discuss the merits of Jerold’s position. Include in your discussion an assessment of the price increase that would be needed if the objective is to maintain total revenues from cardiac catheterizations experienced in the first year of operation.
  5. 5. Chandra Denton, SJMC’s administrator, has been informed that one of the Cath Lab technicians is leaving for an opportunity at a larger hospital. She met with the other technicians, and they agreed to increase their hours to pick up the slack so that SJMC won’t need to hire another technician. By working a couple hours extra every week, each remaining technician can perform 1,050 procedures per year. They agreed to do this for an increase in salary of $2,000 per year. How does this outcome affect the analysis of the HMO offer?
  6. 6. Assuming that SJMC wants to bring in the same revenues earned in the cardiac catheterization activity’s first year less the reduction in resource spending attributable to using only four technicians, how much must SJMC charge for a procedure?

1.

To determine

Classify the resources that are associated with the cardiac catheterization activity based on (1) committed resources and (2) flexible resources.

Explanation of Solution

Tactical decision making: Tactical decision making is a process in which the company can choose the correct alternative based on the profitability. In tactical decision making, offer price of a product is compared with the normal selling price and offer price less than the normal selling price of product is considered as the idle capacity for decision making...

2.

To determine

Ascertain the activity rate for the cardiac catheterization activity and break the activity rate into fixed and variable components. Classify each activity resources for given activities.

3.

To determine

Indicate whether the company should accept the offer or not.

4.

To determine

Discuss the merits of person J’s statement regarding the offer.

5.

To determine

Explain the manner in which the outcome of S medical center would affect the analysis of the offer.

6.

To determine

Calculate the new price per procedure of S medical center.

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