Cover Story

HFM_April_CoverSetting the Right Path and Pace for Integration

Integration strategies for healthcare organizations necessarily vary according to each organization’s unique circumstances and characteristics.

By Katherine A. Cwiek, Meredith C. Inniger, Daniel K. Zismer  

 

Web Extra: Three cities exemplify the extent to which healthcare market conditions differ in the United states with respect to levels of integration.


Features 

Combining Forces to Manage  the Continuum of Care

Healthcare organizations that are pursuing affiliations should perform due diligence to create sustainable partnerships that result in actual integration of care delivery.

By John N. Fink, Scott F. Burns

 

A 3-Pillar Approach to Integrated Population Health Management

Organizations moving to a population health management model should appoint an integrated leadership team, plan carefully, and develop the right infrastructure to manage multiple elements of care.

By John Wallace

 

A Strategic Approach to Healthcare Transformation

Transforming the care delivery model across the continuum is a prerequisite to success under value-based payment systems.

By Laura Jacquin

 

Evaluating the Fair Market Value of Pay for Performance

A critical test for determining whether a pay-for-performance arrangement is effective and can pass regulatory scrutiny is to assess and document the arrangement’s fair market value.

By Jen Johnson, Alexandra Higgins

 

Developing an Enterprisewide Data Strategy

Data integrity is a critical concern for both clinical and financial sides of the healthcare enterprise, ensuring both quality of care provided and accurate payment for services.

By Rita Bowen, Alisha R. Smith

 

Hospital-Owned Medical Practices: Gaining the Benefits Without the Losses

Hospitals should pursue strategies to engage their owned medical practices in helping to improve market share and downstream revenues and to maintain performance.

By Marc D. Halley  


Supplements 

AT&T for Health: Reducing Costs, Engaging Patients with Secure Messaging  

IntelliCentrics: Can Your Hospital Afford Not to Implement a Comprehensive Credentialing Program?  


Focus Areas 

Integration

Protecting Corporate Value in Affiliation Transactions

Understanding the risks and rewards of affiliations is critical to determining whether the partnership will address specific challenges without compromising organizational goals.

By Joseph Cerreta, Jordan Shields

 

Payment

Distributing Shared Savings  for Population Health Management

Lessons learned from outcomes-based fee-for-service payment reforms are directly applicable to the distribution of shared savings under a population health management model.

By Richard F. Averill, Norbert Goldfield, John S. Hughes  


Columns

 

From the Chair

The Value of Volunteering 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of HFMA, and volunteering can be an integral part of the HFMA experience.

By Steven P. Rose, FHFMA, CPA

 

From the President

Aligning Around Price Transparency

HFMA’s multiorganizational task force on price transparency is set to release its report in mid-April.

By Joseph J. Fifer, HFMA, CPA

 

Eye on Washington

Spotlight on SNFs

Recent reports from the Office of Inspector General focusing on skilled nursing facilities highlight readmissions and never events as performance improvement opportunities.

By Chad Mulvany

 

Business Intelligence

Viewing U.S. Health Care as a Growth Industry

Although the healthcare industry’s rate of growth has leveled, the industry is behaving like a much faster growing and much more volatile industry.

By Keith D. Moore, Katherine M. Eyestone, Dean C. Coddington 

 

Healthcare Value

Now is Not the Time to Cut Your Quality Resources

Investing in quality and safety programs and developing a group of internal experts that can take performance to the next level remains critical for hospitals.

By John Byrnes

 

Healthcare Reform

Why the SGR Is Still the Elephant in the Room of Deficit Reduction

Because of the high price tag of its repeal, the sustainable growth rate remains the elephant in the room of deficit reduction.

By Ken Perez

 

5 Ways To...

5 Ways to Create More Value in the ED

As the value proposition in health care takes hold, hospital leaders should rethink the role of the emergency department in meeting patients’ comprehensive care needs.

By Karen Wagner

 

Etcetera

Member Spotlight: Head Over Heels

 

Publication Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014