These short synopses of hfm articles give board members insight into relevant topics. The articles below were published in 2011.

 

How Hospitals Can Prioritize Physician Acquisitions

One tool that allows healthcare providers to rank of potential opportunities by priority and better understand the advantages of each opportunity is a matrix called "FAST" (Financial Impact And Strategic Alignment of the Transaction).

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How Hospitals Should Prepare to Acquire a Physician Practice  

Hospitals that lay the groundwork for embarking on acquisitions of physician practices can ensure that deals flow more smoothly, parties are satisfied with the results, and physician-hospital relationships are stronger.

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Making Physician Relationships Work  

In the future, hospitals will need to develop strong relationships with physicians to survive as payment decreases and regulations increase.

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How Community Hospitals Should Tackle Mergers  

Independent community hospitals looking to partner can learn from the experience of others.

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Service Distribution Planning Determines Care Level, Cuts Costs  

By taking a regional approach to care delivery, known as service distribution planning, health system leaders can stretch their clinical, technological, and capital resources.

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Medicare Payment: How Low It Will Go and How to Prepare

With the convergence of healthcare reform and the debt deal, hospitals face a difficult decade-long challenge in maintaining positive margins in the wake of plunging Medicare payments.

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Medicare Bundled Payment Program: Meaningful Risk and Limited Reward  

Hospitals contemplating participation in the Medicare Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative should weigh the benefits and risks of participation.

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