There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

There are many types of businesses within the health care field, including hospitals, clinics, hospice care providers, laboratories, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities – totaling more than three-quarters of a million organizations. These entities have unique accounting requirements that set them apart from the standard accounting practices used in most industries. In Health Care Accounting, author Steven M. Bragg addresses the unique aspects of accounting in this field, with a particular emphasis on the financial reporting by for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations.


Steven M. Bragg, CPA

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 70 business books. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast.

Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA from Babson College, a Master of Finance from Bentley College, and a BA from the University of Maine (summa cum laude).

Course Specifics

Sep 5, 2018
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • 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.

Chapter 2

  • 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.

Chapter 3

  • 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.

Chapter 4

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

Chapter 5

  • 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.

Chapter 6

  • 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.

Chapter 7

  • Describe the proper accounting for an investment.

Chapter 8

  • 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.

Chapter 9

  • Describe the accounting for an asset retirement obligation.
  • Define accretion expense.

Chapter 10

  • 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.

Chapter 11

  • 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.

Chapter 12

  • 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.

Chapter 13

  • 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.

Chapter 14

  • Note the characteristics of a split-interest agreement.

Chapter 15

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

Chapter 16

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

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