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Variable and Fixed Costs, Cost Formula, High-Low Method

Li Ming Yuan and Tiffany Shaden are the department heads for the accounting department and human resources department, respectively, at a large textile firm in the southern United States. They have just returned from an executive meeting at which the necessity of cutting costs and gaining efficiency has been stressed. After talking with Tiffany and some of her staff members, as well as his own staff members, Li Ming discovered that there were a number of costs associated with the claims processing activity. These costs included the salaries of the two paralegals who worked full time on claims processing, the salary of the accountant who cut the checks, the cost of claims forms, checks, envelopes, and postage, and depreciation on the office equipment dedicated to the processing. Some of the paralegals’ time appears to vary with the routine processing of uncontested claims, but considerable time also appears to be spent on the claims that have incomplete documentation or are contested. The accountant’s time appears to vary with the number of claims processed.

Li Ming was able to separate the costs of processing claims from the costs of running the departments of accounting and human resources. He gathered the data on claims processing cost and the number of claims processed per month for the past 6 months. These data are as follows:

Chapter 3, Problem 64P, Variable and Fixed Costs, Cost Formula, High-Low Method Li Ming Yuan and Tiffany Shaden are the

Required:

  1. 1. Classify the claims processing costs that Li Ming identified as variable and fixed.
  2. 2. What is the independent variable? The dependent variable?
  3. 3. Use the high-low method to find the fixed cost per month and the variable rate. What is the cost formula?
  4. 4. CONCEPTUAL CONNECTION Suppose that an outside company bids on the claims processing business. The bid price is $4.60 per claim. If Tiffany expects 75,600 claims next year, should she outsource the claims processing or continue to do it in-house?

1.

To determine

Categorize the claims processing costs as fixed cost and variable cost.

Explanation

Cost:

Cost can be defined as the cash and cash equivalent which is incurred against the products or its related services which will benefit the organization in the future. There are two types of costs that are fixed and variable costs.

Following claims processing costs are categorized as fixed cost:

  • Depreciation on equipments of the office that is used in claims processing costs...

2.

To determine

Identify the independent variable and dependent variable.

3.

To determine

Calculate the value of fixed cost per month and variable rate with the help of high-low method. Also, prepare the cost formula.

4.

To determine

Identify whether TF should outsource the claims processing or continue to do it-in house.

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