Today's Trends in Capital Financing
Funding for capital projects is readily available to health systems of all sizes in 2013, but providers should conduct risk analyses before moving forward.
By Gerry A. Means, Marcelo L. Olarte
Donald M. Berwick, MD: On Transitioning to Value-Based Health Care
Former CMS administrator Don Berwick, MD, discusses the challenges of changing the healthcare business model as we stand on the threshold of a value-based delivery system.
12 Strategies for Managing Capital Projects
Program management is a tool that can help healthcare leaders better define and shape new construction or renovation projects and reduce costs.
By Richard L. Stoudt, Jr.
A New Tool for System Building
Hybrid deals are enabling unlikely partners to come together in developing strategies for care delivery and population management.
By Bryan Cali, Casey Quinn
How the Choice of Issuing Authority Affects Hospital Debt Financing Costs
Research reveals how hospitals' choice of bond-issuing authority affects their debt financing costs.
By Caryl E. Carpenter, Patrick M. Bernet
Funding Alternatives in EHR Adoption: Beyond HITECH Incentives and Traditional Approaches
When traditional funding sources for EHR implementations fall short, healthcare finance leaders can still turn to alternative sources of funding for these critically important undertakings.
By Tiankai Wang, Yangmei Wang, Sue Biedermann
Web Extra: The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the 50 percent bonus depreciation for qualified property placed in service from Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013.
Financing Strategic Healthcare Facilities: The Growing Attraction of Alternative Capital
When considering options for financing strategic facilities, community health systems have less reason today than they did in the past to bypass third-party capital in favor of tax-exempt bonding.
By Daniel K. Zismer, James Fox, Paul Torgerson
Web Extra:When facilities are financed with tax-exempt debt, the borrower is subject to an array of restrictions and compliance requirements.
Web Extra:Third-party capital applied to strategic facilities situated on land owned and controlled by a health system raises some control issues that the health system should consider.
Determining the Right Level for Your IT Security Investment
A rural medical center facing threats of data breaches discovered that hospital IT security investments go beyond just dollars and cents.
By Don Claunch, Mac McMillan
Developing a Consumer Pricing Strategy
As consumers take on more cost responsibilities for their own health care, providers should adopt a more retail-oriented approach to positioning and pricing strategies to stay viable.
By Arthur Sturm, Frank Tiedermann
What CFOs Should Know Before Venturing into the Cloud
Hospitals should take five steps in assessing the value of cloud computing—and determining the right approach.
By Janakan Rajendran
Conversations with Your Actuary: Getting to the Right Number
Knowing the full range of key topics that should be discussed with an actuary can help guarantee recognition of an organization's insurance program and better manage its liability.
By Richard Frese
From the Chair
Keep Building Inukshuks
Healthcare finance leaders should continue to build the tools and provide the guidance that will assist others in their path toward a value- based healthcare system.
By Ralph Lawson, FHFMA, CPA
From the President
Communicating Value in Capital Investment
Amid the changes in the ways they make capital investments,providers should take extra steps to determine and communicate the value to be derived from investments in IT and in physician integration.
By Joseph Fifer, FHFMA, CPA
From the Editor
Don Berwick is optimistic that as long as all parties share a clear vision of a seamless, coordinated, patient-centered, and waste-free healthcare system, that goal is within reach.
By Robert Fromberg - Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
India’s Decision on Gleevec®: Implications for the Future
The Indian Supreme Court’s rejection of Novartis’ request for a second patent for its cancer drug Gleevec could have future implications for the U.S. healthcare system.
By Gail R. Wilensky
How Providers Can Proceed with Electronic Remittance
The healthcare industry is making progress toward eliminating paper from the remittance process, but more work is needed.
By Tom Dean
‘Value Combos’ for Health Care
A new set of factors is driving consolidation activity among healthcare organizations.
By James H. Landman
The Urgent Need to Create Healthcare Value
To improve healthcare value, we need bold leadership that relies on analytics and evidence to define options for patient care, enlists patients in their care management and decision making, and refuses to harm patients in the interest of corporate profitability.
By William B. Weeks, Eric B. Wadsworth, Stephen S. Rauh, James N. Weinstein
Rethinking Asset Allocation
Healthcare organizations should consider diversifying their portfolios to maintain their purchasing power by adopting an endowment management model.
By William F. Jarvis
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5 Ways to Better Manage Risk Under Reform
Learn how healthcare organizations can best approach the need to manage population health, develop value-based contracting strategies, and assume risk in an environment of reform.
By Jeni Williams
Harnessing the Financial Power of Primary Care Physicians
There is growing consensus that primary care physicians, providing best-practice care, can dramatically lower healthcare costs through organizations such as patient-centered medical homes.
By Steve Hyde, Mike Fleischman, Eric Shell
Member Spotlight: Scaling New Heights
Publication Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2013