MMHA Capital Budgeting

Confronting the limitations of a facility built many years ago, the leadership team and board at a small rural hospital must decide how and when to renovate or move into a new building. An academic medical center is considering whether to purchase an expensive piece of technology in the hope of drawing top physicians—and new patients—from throughout the nation. A small physicians’ practice is weighing whether or not to invest in a new computer system.

What factors should play into these decisions? What is the best way to buy capital? How does an organization assure that it is making sound investments? This week, you explore answers to these questions as you examine capital and capital budgeting in health care organizations.

As you focus on capital this week, you analyze the time value of money and conduct a net present value (NPV) analysis. You also compare financing methods for health care equipment purchases.

Assignment: Capital Budgeting

Note: The Instructor will post the document for this Assignment by Day 1 of Week 10.

There are many options to buy capital, including cash purchases, loans, leasing, and other forms of payment. Your goal as a health care manager is to determine which method is best for your organization, given its financial and organizational structure (i.e., for-profit or not-for-profit). Time value of money and net present value are two techniques that may help you determine how and when to invest in new capital. For this Assignment, you examine these concepts as they pertain to the health care industry.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review the Week 10 Assignment document provided to you by the Instructor. Reflect on concepts of time value of money, net present value, internal rate of return, and purchasing options.

The Assignment:

Using the “Week 10 Assignment Capital Budget Excel Template” answer the questions provided in the week 10 assignment document.

To assist you with this task a Present and Future Values Excel Tutorial has been created (please check your volume settings)

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