Putting Physicians in the Lead for Cost Containment
Some health systems have found early success with initiatives that put physicians in charge of lowering the cost of the care they provide.
By Rich Daly
From the President's Desk
HFMA's President and CEO Joe Fifer discusses the launch of the Patient Financial Communications Best Practices, and its benefits to patients and to healthcare organizations.
Value-Based Physician Compensation: Tackling the Complexities
As the healthcare industry continues its historical shift from productivity-based to quality-based payment, new physician compensation models will need to be developed to keep pace with this trend.
By Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Idette Elizondo, Stu Schaff
Improving the Quality of Perioperative Services in an Era of Reform
Perioperative leaders should prepare for an unprecedented increase in surgery volumes, starting in 2014, despite current declines.
By Ed Daihl
Using Technology to Reduce Readmissions
Novel real-time technologies powered by predictive and text analytics can help organizations avoid readmissions—and wasted effort—by targeting the right interventions for patient populations.
By Barbara S. Harvath, Karoline Hilu, Ravi Nemana, Ramesh Sairamesh
A Framework for Managing Risk-Based Managed Care Contracts
Given the increasing prevalence of risk-based contracts with purchasers, healthcare finance leaders should consider strategies to assess and mitigate their risk under these arrangements.
By Michael Nugent
The New Break-Even Analysis
It’s time to expand the scope and assumptions of the traditional break-even analysis.
By James Laskaris, Katie Regan
Strategies for Achieving Orthopedic Service Line Success
Whether a hospital can achieve enhanced value in the critical orthopedics service line depends on the strength of the relationship between hospital administrators and the orthopedic surgeons.
By Stacey Lang, Kristi Powers
Web Extra: Learn about an alternative model for partnerships between hospitals and orthopedic surgeons.
Addressing Staffing Shortages in an Era of Reform
Catholic Health Initiatives is using two new models of care that deploy staff in new ways to deal with nursing staff shortages.
By Kathleen D. Sanford
Clinical Integration and the CFO
Healthcare CFOs should consider five strategies for promoting clinical integration.
By Alice G. Gosfield
From the Chair
It's Time to Lead with Value
By taking steps now to emphasize value—not just quality—hospital leaders can position their organizations to remain competitive and make a positive impact in the lives of patients.
By Steven P. Rose, FHFMA, CPA
From the President
A New Day for Patient Financial Communications
HFMA has launched Patient Financial Communications Best Practices to provide healthcare organizations with concrete steps on how to communicate with patients about their financial responsibilities.
By Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA
From the Editor
Talking About Finance
Healthcare finance professionals require communications skills to make their solutions to health care’s most intractable problems come alive.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Peter Markell: Why Risk-Based Contracts Are the Present and the Future
Peter Markell, CFO of Partners HealthCare System in Boston,shares his views about the role of risk-based contracts in an evolving healthcare marketplace.
Eye on Washington
On the Clock
Just what providers can expect from Congress in the next three months is uncertain, but should take steps now to position themselves for continued success regardless of what happens.
By Chad Mulvany
Safety's Impact on the Value Equation
In focusing on patient safety, hospitals should do everything within their power to ensure that their services are error proof.
By John Byrnes
The New Math for Hospital Finances in ACOs
Hospitals should take an active, not passive, stance in evaluating and participating in accountable care organizations.
By Ken Perez
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5 Ways to Reduce Central Business Office Risk
Hospitals and health systems should take steps to contain risk in central billing office operations.
By Steven Stocki
Facility-Borne Illness Poses Environmental Risk in Hospital Construction
Member Spotlight: Chief Fun-Time Organizer
Publication Date: Monday, December 02, 2013