Health Care Accounting (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 12 hours

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $80

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Course Description
Health care is one of the largest industries in the world, and involves some of the most complex accounting transactions. Given the financial challenges facing the industry, it is essential for the health care accountant to have a firm grasp of financial accounting. This course discusses the accounting and financial reporting issues related to hospitals, medical group practices, nursing homes, and other health care entities. The course covers the basic system of accounting, financial reporting, and many practical topics for the accountant, including revenue recognition, payroll accounting, fixed asset accounting, debt liabilities, and more.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AC1112

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Overview of the Health Care Entity
Chapter 2. The System of Accounting
Chapter 3. Not-for-Profit Accounting and Reporting
Chapter 4. Governmental Accounting and Reporting
Chapter 5. Cash and Receivable Accounting
Chapter 6. Inventory Accounting
Chapter 7. Investments
Chapter 8. Fixed Asset Accounting
Chapter 9. Asset Retirement and Environmental Remediation Obligations
Chapter 10. Current Liabilities
Chapter 11. Debt Liabilities
Chapter 12. Revenue Recognition
Chapter 13. Payroll Accounting
Chapter 14. Split-Interest Agreements
Chapter 15. Affiliated Organizations
Chapter 16. Special Accounting Topics

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why health care is one of the most examined industries in the country.

  • Cite the financial statements used by each of the different types of health care entities.

  • Note the accounting principles that apply to health care entities.

  • Describe the nature of the accounting cycle.

  • Note why the out-of-balance concept harms a system of accounting.

  • Recognize the source of the trial balance.

  • Discuss how the extended trial balance is used.

  • Recognize the characteristics of the accrual basis of accounting.

  • Identify the formula underlying the balance sheet.

  • Note the criteria that define a not-for-profit entity.

  • Describe the proper accounting for all variations on a pledge.

  • Recognize the nature of a performance indicator.

  • Recognize the nature of net assets for a not-for-profit entity.

  • Recognize the key characteristics of a fund.

  • Identify the key components of net position in a financial statement.

  • Describe the uses to which a bank reconciliation can be put.

  • Cite the elements of a bank statement.

  • Recognize the various reconciliation problems that may be encountered when preparing a bank reconciliation.

  • Identify the characteristics of the different methods used to account for bad debts.

  • Describe the characteristics of the different inventory tracking systems.

  • Note the advantages and disadvantages of the different inventory costing methods.

  • Describe the calculation for the gross profit method.

  • Describe the proper accounting for an investment.

  • Recognize the costs to be capitalized for a fixed asset.

  • Describe the derivation of a fixed asset’s useful life.

  • Identify the nature of the mid-month convention.

  • Note the calculation used to develop an accelerated depreciation method.

  • Note the accounting for an idle fixed asset.

  • Describe the accounting for an asset retirement obligation.

  • Define accretion expense.

  • Note the calculation method used to derive the interest rate inherent in an early payment discount.

  • Describe the accounting for advance fees.

  • Cite the different types of standard payment methods required of residents by continuing care retirement communities.

  • Describe the accounting for the extinguishment of debt.

  • Describe the different types of bonds and the features that can be incorporated into the terms of a bond.

  • Recognize the circumstances under which the tax-exempt status of a bond can be lost.

  • Note the factors involved in the determination of revenue.

  • Identify the circumstances under which the expected value method can be used.

  • Recognize the accounting for naming rights.

  • Recognize the calculation methods used to determine wages.

  • Describe how unemployment tax rates are developed for a new employer, and thereafter.

  • Describe the uses to which the Form W-4 can be put.

  • Note how the wage bracket method is used to determine tax withholdings.

  • Recognize the different methods that are available for setting payroll tax deposits.

  • Note the characteristics of a split-interest agreement.

  • Describe which features of a relationship between entities trigger a consolidation of their financial statements.

  • Understand the accounting for advertising expenditures.

  • Note the proper accounting for a trust fund that is being used to settle malpractice claims.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Accounting

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

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