Week 5: Break-even Analysis
Assignment Guidelines with Scoring Rubric
The purpose of this assignment is to:
To provide learners with the opportunity to develop break-even-analysis skills.
Total Points Possible: 100
Answer the questions and complete the calculations required for the assignment.
Submit your answers on a Word document, with the heading of Week 5 Assignment. For the questions requiring a written response, please adhere to proper grammar and syntax, and provide references. For the questions requiring calculations, show all your work and follow the format that has been provided for the calculations in the lesson for Week 5.
- When performing calculations, standard rounding rules apply. If the number to the right of the decimal is less than 5, round down to the nearest whole number, e.g., 33.4 = 33 If the number to the right of the decimal is 5 or greater, round up to the nearest whole number, e.g. 33.5 =34.
- Read the question carefully. Pay close attention to the units be asked and keep them consistent. For example, hours vs FTEs; days vs months vs years.
- Provide ALL formulas with references. Designate which formula associates with which source. It is not sufficient to simply list the source at the beginning of the section. Write out the formula used BEFORE filling in the numbers. Formulas used should be taken from one of the required resources for this course.
Example: Total Contribution Margin (CM) = (CM) category 1 + CM cat 2 + CM 3
Leger, J.M. & Dunham-Taylor, J. (2018). Financial management for nurse managers: Merging the heart with the dollar, 4th Ed. Burlington, MA: Jones-Bartlett.
Preparing the paper
Break-Even Analysis Case Study
You and several of your colleague business partners have decided to establish an outpatient fertility clinic in your service area. All of you are very familiar with this patient population base, have completed an extensive market analysis that demonstrated a great need for the service, and are comfortable with setting up a business and the costs associated with this special group of patients.
As part of the business plan, you and your partners will need to convince stakeholders that this new service endeavor will be viable. They will want to know how many patients visits annually will need to occur and how long it will take for the service to be at least cost neutral or profitable. To provide them with this information you will perform a break-even analysis. Use the following data, conduct the analysis accounting for the contribution margin of each patient acuity category.
- Fixed Costs: $9,788,000 (start-costs, specialty physicians, anesthesiologists, APNs, staff
nurses and other staff salaries, specialty equipment, other miscellaneous)
- Variable costs: $500/patient visit (specialty equipment, oxygen supplies, other
- Clinic days: Monday-Saturday- 305 days/year
- Projected patient visits per year: 7480
- Patient charges by patient acuity category:
- Simple (20%)————$2000/visit
- Moderate (70%)——–$6500/visit
- Complex (10%)———$10,000/visit
|Break-even Analysis Data Table|
|Acuity Category||Percentage %||Charge per Visit||Visits per Year||Charges per Year||Visits per Day||Charges per Day||Contribution Margin|
|Expected Total Daily Charges|
|Expected Total Daily Revenue|
|Break Even point in days|
|Break Even point in visits|
- Describe your approach to this case study. In addition to the numbers given, what do you need to know before you can calculate the break-even analysis?
- Perform the calculations needed for the break-even analysis. Show your work, formulas used, and reference the formula. When calculating the patient visits per day, round to the nearest whole. After you’ve completed the calculations, record your results in the appropriate place in the table.
- How many patient visits are expected per day?
- What is the contribution margin of each category of patient?
- Based on the data and your calculations, what is the expected daily revenue?
- How long (in days, months, or years) will it be before the return on investment begins?
- How many patient visits will be required to reach the break-even point?
- Discuss your analysis. Is the project viable and profitable service? Does the analysis support moving forward with the business? Cite specific data from you analysis to support your interpretation.
|Approach to Break-Even Analysis||5||5%||Approach to Break-even analysis is clearly articulated and contains elements needed to address the scenario|
|Calculate the number of patients/category served per year and day.||15||15%||Number of patients served by the fertility clinic is correctly calculated per year and day for each type/category. Formulas are correctly shown, used, and referenced. Calculations are shown|
|Calculate the contribution margin for each patient category||30||30%||For each of the three patient/categories the contribution margin is correctly calculated. Formulas are correctly shown, used, and referenced. Calculations are shown.|
|Calculate the number of days to break-even.||10||10%||Time to break-even in days is correctly calculated. Formulas are correctly shown, used, and referenced. Calculations are shown|
|Calculate the break-even quantity (number of visits).||15||15%||The break-even quantity (number of visits) is correctly calculated. Formulas are correctly shown, used, and referenced. Calculations are shown.|
|Analysis of break-even analysis||20||20%||Break-even analysis is clearly articulated. Includes elements potential for viability and profitability of service, recommendation for continuing the business. Specific data from the analysis is used to support your interpretation.|
|Writing conventions, format, and
|5||5%||Writing is clear concise without grammatical and spelling errors. All references are correctly cited (if applicable) and written.|
|100||100||A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|
Outstanding or highest level of performance
Very good or high level of performance
Competent or satisfactory level of performance
|Poor or failing level of performance||
Unsatisfactory level of performance
Possible Points = 100 Points
|Approach to Break-Even Analysis||5 Points||0 Points|
|Calculate the number of patients per category served at the fertility clinic per year and per day.||15 Points||10||5||0 Points|
|Number of patients served per year and per day is correctly calculated for each patient category served at the fertility clinic.||2/3 categories correctly calculated||1/3 of categories correctly calculated||All categories incorrectly calculated|
|Calculate the contribution margin for each type of patient served at the fertility clinic.||30 Points||20||10||0 Points|
|Contribution margin for all category types are correctly calculated||Contribution margin for 2/3 category types are correctly calculated||Contribution margin for 1/3 category types are correctly calculated||Contribution margins for all category types are incorrectly calculated|
|Calculate the break-even quantity (number of visits)||10 Points||0 Points|
|Number of visits to break even is correct||Number of visits to break even is incorrect|
|Calculate the number of days to break-even point.||15 Points||0 Points|
|Number of days to break-even is correct.||Number of days to break even is incorrect.|
|Analysis of break-even analysis||20 Points||15 Points||10 Points||5 Points||0 Points|
|Break-even analysis is clearly articulated. Includes elements potential for viability and profitability of service, recommendation for continuing the business. Specific data from the analysis is used to support your interpretation.||3/4 of all elements of break-even analysis are present and correct.||1/2 of all elements of break-even analysis are present and correct.||1/4 of all elements of break-even analysis is present and correct.||All elements of break-even analysis are missing or incorrect.|
|Writing conventions, format, references||5 Points||3 points||1 point||0 points|
|Writing is clear and concise, contains no grammatical and spelling errors. All references are correctly cited (if applicable) and written.||2/3 of elements are present and correct||1/3 of elements is present and correct||All elements of writing conventions are missing or incorrect.|
|Content Subtotal||of 100 points|
|Total Points||_____of points|
[ANSWERED] Create your own script for building a health history and use the Health History Template for guidance (consider the type of language you would use to help your patient be more comfortable).