Education event

Understanding and Using Hospital Data Resources
How to use OSHPD reports to provide answers on hospital utilization and financial data

October 29, 2015
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time


Part of our role in representing California’s hospitals is to inform and educate legislators, county boards of supervisors, state and federal government leaders and the media. Many times we are asked to supply answers to questions such as:

How many emergency departments (EDs) are in your county?
What are the admission rates from the hospital ED?
How many full-time employees does the hospital have?
What percentage of the hospital’s cost does Medicare pay?
What percentage of hospital admissions are Medi-Cal?
How much uncompensated care does the hospital provide?
What is the average length of stay?
How many beds does the hospital have

The answers to these questions and more are available through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) website. In particular, OSHPD provides three important reports that offer a wealth of information about our member hospitals. The information is free, and easy to access and understand. Plus, two of the reports can be customized to provide hospital-specific information.

Sign up now for this complimentary educational webinar for hospital association leadership and staff. (The program will also be recorded if you are unable to attend the live event.)

Who should participate?
All hospital association staff that are responsible for finding, analyzing and preparing data on hospitals should plan to participate including: C-suite, regional vice presidents, issue managers, executive and administrative assistants, public affairs, communications, membership and accounting staff.


OSHPD Report: Emergency Department Encounters Listing by Facility

  • What you will find — hospitals listed by county, EMS level, number of encounters, admissions

OSHPD Report: Annual Emergency Department Profiles

Key elements of the report

  • ED users by age group
  • Expected payer sources — Medi-Cal, Medicare, third parties
  • Total ED encounters, admissions

How to create a customized report

OSHPD Report: Annual Financial Data Profiles

What you will find, how to use and interpret the data

Utilization data — how are hospitals are being used

  • By the numbers — beds, discharges, patient days, average length of stay
  • Utilization statistics — births (natural vs. C-section), inpatient and outpatient surgeries, ED visits and more

Financial data — looking at the financial health of the hospital

  • Income statement, financial ratios, uncompensated care costs
  • Financial and utilization data by payer category
  • Understanding the balance sheet — Accounting 101

How to create a customized report

Pitfalls to avoid in using OSHPD data

Case examples used to demonstrate access to and interpretation of hospital data


Deepa Prasad serves as CHA’s resource for policy research and analytics. Using her background in data sourcing and analysis, Deepa evaluates and quantifies impact measures on various health care issues. Her reports on current landscapes and future outlooks assist CHA in its mission to provide Californians with equitable access to health care.

Amber Ott represents members’ financial interests related to Medicare, Medi-Cal, commercial payers and other government entities. She is responsible for providing advocacy and support on financial and reimbursement issues affecting California hospitals and health systems, and represents CHA with state agencies and other stakeholders when hospital finance and technical knowledge is needed. She is also involved with the development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs.


While there is no charge for the program, registration is required. Click here to register. Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent with pertinent program information.

The program will be recorded for those unable to attend the live event. Contact CHA Education for instructions on how to obtain a recording at (916) 552-7637 or