St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the communities of Southeast Los Angeles. Our vision is to be a values-driven integrated health care delivery system in collaboration with those who share our values.
We are committed to providing the very best care, with quality, safety, compassion, and respect, and to promoting the full development of the human person, preservation of health and well-being of the community, and just reimbursement for these services.
We provide patient-centered, economical health services with a focus on nurturing healthy children and families, building self-sufficiency, and achieving excellence in facilities and technology with the ultimate goal of enhancing the health of our community.
We operate a 384-bed acute care hospital and one of the largest and busiest private emergency trauma centers in Los Angeles County — treating more than 84,000 children and adults each year. Last year, more than 5,000 babies were born at SFMC’s Family Life Center, with 875 babies cared for in our state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Center. We are a Primary Stroke Care Center and STEMI Receiving Center, both of which are approved by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
Our Healthy Community Initiatives bring healthcare services to children and families in their schools and neighborhoods. In addition, we operate a Children’s Counseling Center for abused and neglected children, a Health Benefits Resource Center to link individuals and families to health insurance and social service programs, and a broad range of educational and community services programs that improve the health and well-being of children, adults, and seniors throughout our service area.
St. Francis Medical Center is dedicated to providing vital health care services to the community of Southeast Los Angeles. Every three years, we complete a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify the health care needs of adults, children, and families living in our service area. We use the data to develop our Community Benefit programs that address residents’ priority needs and the barriers to health and wellness. Our annual Community Benefit Report summarizes the health and wellness programs we provide in direct response to the needs that are identified.
Through St. Francis Medical Center’s Community Benefit programs we strive to:
- Nurture Healthy Children and Families
- Foster Self-sufficiency
- Enhance Individual & Community Well-being
It is through the vision and values we embrace with Verity Health System, our health care team of physicians, nurses, and staff, and community partners that we are building healthier communities and helping to put within everyone’s reach, health, wellness, and wholeness.
We value your input and questions on our Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategies. Please send written comments to LindaWoo@verity.org.
- Read our Community Benefit Implementation Strategy 2020-2022
- Community Health Needs Assessment 2019
- Read our Community Benefit Plan 2018
- Read our Community Benefit Plan 2017
- Read our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment
- Read our Community Benefit Plan 2016 (Including Fiscal Year 2015 Update)
- Read our Community Benefit Plan 2015 (Including Fiscal Year 2014 Update)
- Read our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment
- Read our Community Benefit Plan 2014 (Including Fiscal Year 2013 Update)
- Read our Fiscal Year 2012 Community Benefit Report
- Read our Fiscal Year 2011 Community Benefit Report
- Read our Fiscal Year 2010 Community Health Needs Assessment
- Read our Fiscal Year 2010 Community Benefit Update
The word “verity” refers to the state of being true. For all of us associated with Verity Health System, that means we will be authentic in our interactions with our patients, their family members and with each other. We choose to align ourselves with the following values, aspiring to live into these values each day so that they may guide our actions.
We demonstrate that we value others and ourselves through our words and actions.
We provide our patients and their families with compassionate, quality care, treating them and each other with kindness.
We act with honesty and transparency and do the right thing.
We are dedicated to making a difference in the health of our communities and in the lives of those we serve.
We are committed to being wise stewards of our resources, creative in our approach to challenges and opportunities, and accountable for the results we want to achieve as a charitable organization.
Effective January 1, 2019, in an effort to “improve the transparency of hospital charges”, the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has mandated that all facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs “make public a list of their standard charges” via the internet [CMS-1694-F].
Verity Health Systems gladly support this effort and is therefore providing this information to our patients by posting our price files for our facility charges on this site. Please note that the prices in the file reflect the hospital’s full charges, which do not take into account:
- Medicare, Medi-Cal and other government health care program reimbursement rates;
- Contract rates with health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and health insurers;
- Other privately negotiated discounts; and
- Hospital community benefit and charity care programs that provide care free of charge.
The charge description master (CDM) price file contains the hospital’s full charges for each item and service that the hospital provides. However, third party payers (for example, Medicare and Medi-Cal) do not necessarily pay the hospital on the basis of the CDM. Instead, they pay based on procedure or illness on the basis of a diagnosis-related group (DRG). These DRGs generally include multiple items and services listed on the CDM. A list of DRGs and an explanation of the items and services included in each DRG is included in the DRG file/available at www.cms.gov/ICD10Manual/version34-fullcode-cms/fullcode_cms/P0001.html.
The CDM file consists of charges related to all services including supplies, devices, vaccines, radiopharmaceuticals, room accommodation charge codes and pharmaceuticals of patients in the Verity Health Care Systems network.
The Price File contains the following elements:
- Procedure Charge Number – A unique identifier within the system for each chargeable item.
- Procedure Description Name – a brief description of the service being provided
- CPT® (Current Procedural Terminology) or HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) code – this is a nationally recognized alphanumeric code utilized by the insurance industry and government payors to identify a particular service or item.
- Unit Price – The gross dollar amount charged for each item to the account
Variable prices may be present for services such as Reference Lab testing, implanted devices and items/services governed by other contracted rates. These prices may not be available for listing in the CDM since billed charges are based upon the charges invoiced by the contractor to Verity Health Systems at the time the service is provided.
Pharmaceutical prices listed are acquisition cost based. These costs may vary depending upon many factors such as date purchased and supplier. The patient may, therefore, see multiple prices for what appears to be the same medication. In practice, depending upon the dosage ordered by the provider, a patient may see multiple units of a single medication listed on a claim. The total of these units represents the total dosage provided to the patient. CHARGE GENERATION
Individual departments within Verity Health Systems may generate charges through an electronic charge or order communication system. Most charging information for a patient admission or encounter
originates from the CDM. The charges, charge descriptions, and all codes attached to a line item in the CDM, flow through electronic systems to Patient Financial Services (PFS), where corresponding claims are generated. The claims may be edited before submission to the appropriate payors based upon contractual terms.
The total charges listed for a particular encounter or admission may not necessarily represent the total payment expected by Verity Health Systems. The expected payment amount will vary based upon contractual arrangements between Verity Health Systems and the various payors, the insurance plan in which the patient is enrolled and other special programs for which the patient may apply and be found eligible for. We encourage you to contact our Patient Financial Services Department to assist you in estimating what your out-of-pocket expenses will be for a particular procedure.
View the Price File.
CPT® is copyright 2018 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. The CPT® data provided in this list is only approved & licensed for use for the approved KnowledgeSource user only. Any other use of this output or use of CPT® in any other product requires a separate license. Use of this product should not be accepted as proof of license for CPT® Editorial content by any other vendor for any other product. Please contact us for purchase of full CPT® Data files and licenses used in separate PAS or products
Deficit Reduction Act Policies
Below are two policies that reflect St. Francis Medical Center’s compliance with the Deficit Reduction Act. All St. Francis Medical Center agents and contractors, in particular, should review these policies carefully.