Wide-ranging efforts by Cedars-Sinai to improve the community's health reflect a great deal of study and planning to determine how we can most effectively translate our commitment into action that will ensure a healthier future for those in greatest need.
We strengthen our community using what we learn from a community health needs assessment (CHNA), which is conducted every 3 years. This comprehensive study includes hundreds of community health indicators and demographic details that help us determine where and how we can make a difference. Based on this study, and additional planning, Cedars-Sinai works with many community partners to prevent and fight the most serious health issues facing the community.
Cedars-Sinai has a longstanding commitment to provide quality care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Depending on income level, family size and other factors, patients may qualify for full financial aid, or they may receive assistance in covering a portion of their hospital bill.
Medi-Cal and Medicare
In addition to providing charity care, Cedars-Sinai pays the unreimbursed cost of caring for Medi-Cal and Medicare patients. These government programs set fee schedules that do not cover the actual cost of care. Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest providers of Medi-Cal services among non-government hospitals in California and serves more Medicare patients than any other hospital in the state. Despite the significant gap between actual costs and reimbursements, Cedars-Sinai provides the same level of highly specialized, advanced care to everyone.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Residents
Cedars-Sinai medical residents do regular rotations at community clinics across Los Angeles as part of their training in internal medicine and various specialty areas. While they gain valuable clinical experience treating a wide variety of health problems, the residents expand clinics' capacity to help the underserved. This community work inspires many to continue to serve vulnerable populations throughout their medical careers.
in 2017, Cedars-Sinai's financial contribution to community benefit totaled $797 million, providing community benefit through 5,500 targeted programs and activities and more than 200,000 health education and service encounters for the most underserved members of our community.