How profitable are California's 1-star hospitals?

California holds more hospitals than any other state except Texas, and CMS rated 22 of them with one star, based on five quality categories.

Despite the undesirable distinction, most of them appear to be profitable, according to data from Sage Transparency, which was launched by the Employers' Forum of Indiana. San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp tops the list.

The database lists a hospital's total facility cost (the average amount paid for its services, weighted by volume of claims, as a percentage of what Medicare would have paid) and its breakeven point, shown as the average amount a hospital needs to be paid for its services, as a percentage of what Medicare would pay, to end up with no profit and no loss.

The difference between the two figures — what the hospital is paid versus its breakeven price — represents its relative profitability.

Note: Total facility cost is based on 2018-2020 data. Breakeven points were determined by the National Academy for State Health Policy through an analysis of each hospital's 2019 Medicare Cost Reports. As newer data becomes available, these figures will be updated.

Hospital

Total facility cost*

Breakeven point*

Relative profitability*

1. San Joaquin General Hospital (French Camp)

605%

156%

449%

2. Doctors Medical Center (Modesto)

351%

103%

248%

3. Watsonville Community Hospital

426%

217%

209%

4. Mercy Medical Center Redding

401%

197%

204%

5. Fairchild Medical Center (Yreka)

291%

103%

188%

6. Hemet Global Medical Center

199%

24%

175%

7. Anaheim Global Medical Center

304%

141%

163%

8. Community Regional Medical Center (Fresno)

275%

115%

160%

9. Highland Hospital (Oakland)

228%

96%

132%

10. Huntington Beach Hospital

252%

181%

71%

11. Doctors Hospital of Manteca

333%

276%

57%

12. Los Alamitos Medical Center

239%

183%

56%

13. El Centro Regional Medical Center

213%

158%

55%

14. Antelope Valley Hospital (Lancaster)

191%

165%

26%

15. Oroville Hospital

211%

202%

9%

16. Victor Valley Global Medical Center (Victorville)

121%

151%

-30%

17. Coastal Communities Hospital (Santa Ana)

175%

401%

-226%

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Torrance)

Incomplete data

LAC + USC Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Incomplete data

Olympia Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Incomplete data

Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center (Riverside)

Incomplete data

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

Incomplete data

*as a percent of what Medicare would reimburse for the hospital's cumulative service output

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