Cover Story


A strong focus on educating consumers about their options for coverage could help hospitals offset the impact of reform on their margins.

By Karen Wagner

hfm Q & A

Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger: Making Safety a Core Business Function

Captain Sully Sullenberger speaks with hfm about the business case for patient safety.


10 Revenue Cycle Improvement Ideas from HFMA's MAP Award Winners


Helping Individuals Obtain Health Coverage Under the ACA

A study of California hospitals reveals successful practices for reducing the number of uninsured that could benefit many hospitals and their communities nationwide.

By Anne McLeod, Amber Kemp, Jody Hill-Mischel, Andrew Cohen

Web Extra: Read this web extra to "Helping Individuals Obtain Health Coverage Under the ACA" by Anne McLeod, Amber Kemp, Jody Hill-Mischel, and Andrew Cohen

The New Medicare DSH Payment:What's Baked into the pie - and how It's Sliced  

Medicare’s new method for calculating disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments reduces DSH payments to all qualifying hospitals—possibly by more than Congress had intended in the ACA.

By Christopher L. Keough, Stephanie A. Webster  

Web Extra: Read this web extra to "The New Medicare DSH Payment: What's Baked into the Pie--and How It's Sliced Dollars" by Christopher Keough and Stephanie Webster


Collaborating with Payers to Deliver Value

As healthcare purchasers push for higher quality and lower costs, health plans and providers recognize they can achieve desired outcomes by collaborating to design new payment models and share data. 

By Laura Ramos Hegwer


Emerging "Super ACOs" Fill Unique Needs

A health-system-led ACO, or “Super ACO,” has the potential to obtain the patient care improvement and cost-savings benefits seen by many physician-led ACOs without the need for a formal merger.

By David G. Anderson, Neal C. Hogan

Focus Areas


Imaging Choices Hold Key for Reduced Cost and Improved Quality of Care  

Hospitals and health systems can achieve significant savings by using ultrasound at the point of care in lieu of other imaging approaches in appropriate medical situations.

By Kevin Goodwin, Rodney Hochman


From the Chair

Making Progress Amid Transition

Even amid the ambiguities created by healthcare reform, providers enjoy a tremendous opportunity to create effciencies and put procedures in place that made them stronger.

By Steven P. Rose, FHFMA,CPA


From the President

Think Prices Don't Matter? Think Again.

Providers face an important and inescapable, challenge to improve the pricing structures and practices in the U.S. healthcare industry.

By Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA,CPA


From the Editor

Size and Coordination

Achieving a large, well-orchestrated enterprise that achieves economies of scale, coordinates care, and accepts risk-based contracts requires discipline and planning.

By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief


Eye on Washington

Driving Cost Control

Providers should understand and prepare for the implications and the "Cadillac Tax," an excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage, which starts in 2018.

By Chad Mulvany


Healthcare Value

Medicare Payment Penalties for Unrelated Readmissions Require Second Look

CMS should reassess its all-cause readmission policy and move toward a policy that meets the intent of the ACA.

By Richard Averill, Norbert Goldfield, John S, Hughes


Data Trends

Financial, Operating Measures Provide Basis for Assessing U.S. Hospital Performance

Hospitals have done a commendable job in addressing cost and productivity in recent years.



Membership Spotlight: Umpire State


Publication Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013