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Cover Feature

Ambulatory Care Stands Out Under Reform

By Tracy K. Johnson

Developing an ambulatory services strategy will be critical for hospitals as healthcare reform is implemented.

Features

Effective Cost Modeling for Service Line Planning

By Michael Scott, Robert Stephen

Process-based cost modeling can support accurate cost and resource modeling for service line planning at the process and the patient levels.

Can Net Income from Non-Patient-Care Activities Continue to Save Hospitals?

By Thomas M. Schuhmann

In recent years, hospital profitability has depended on income from non-patient-care activities, but this income declined sharply with the economic downturn, making future profitability uncertain.

Web Extra: Researchers who studied trends in hospitals' net income from non-patient-care activities also analyzed variations between hospitals with positive vs. negative net income from patient care.

Physician-Hospital Integration Without Hospital Employment

By Cordell Mack, Craig D. Pederson

Implementing a full-practice professional services agreement is beneficial to hospitals and their physician group partners alike.

A FAIR Way to Reduce Uncompensated Care

By Bert Zimmerli, Todd Craghead, Neera Gupta

Intermountain Healthcare's systematic redesign of the initial patient encounter process has ensured clear and timely application of the organization's charity care policies.

Web Extra: Results of Intermountain Healthcare's Financial Assistance and Improved Registration initiative included a 40 percent increase in charity care approved.

Innovations in Performance Management

By Kerry Vermillion, Andy Terry, Scott Davis, Katie Owens

Baptist Health Care significantly reduced operating expenses, improved revenue cycle processes, and increased revenue by aligning leaders' goals with financial performance.

Address Outpatient Issues Now to Reduce RAC Risk Exposure Later

By George Kelley, Brian Herdman, Adam Abramowitz

Outpatient care presents special RAC-related risk, but several steps can mitigate that risk.

Managed Care: Mastering the Moving Parts

By Dawn Boyd, Larry Finman

Although hospitals need knowledge and skill to master the intricacies of managed care, in many ways, a hospital's success with managed care depends on two simple factors: execution and integration.


Special Section: Healthcare Reform

Reform Essentials

Commentary: Healthcare Reform Version 1.0

By Gail R. Wilensky


Focus Areas

Technology

What to Consider When Purchasing an EHR System

By Joe Swab, Vince Ciotti

There are a number of considerations hospitals should keep in mind to ensure that the EHR systems they purchase are appropriately sized and best meet their needs.

Capital Finance

Alternative Strategies a Better Alternative

By Dennis Doody

Belying their name, alternative strategies have become a mainstream investment in many institutions' portfolios. The long-term record supports the case.


Columns

From the Chair

The Last Column

By Catherine Jacobson, FHFMA, CPA

As her year as HFMA Chair draws to a close, Cathy Jacobson describes the ways in which it has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and shares a recent experience of "making it count."

From the President

Reforming Health Care

By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA

There are good reasons to be hopeful, yet wary about the newly passed healthcare reform legislation.

From the Editor

3 Things I Love About ANI

By Robert Fromberg

A look behind the scenes at HFMA's annual conference shows the care in program design and the dedication of those who attend.

Leadership

Leading in an Era of Change and Uncertainty

By Edward J. Giniat

Finance professionals should lead the healthcare transformation in their organizations.

Data Trends

Recession May Have Prompted a Decline in Hospital Expense Inflation Rate

Etcetera

Member Spotlight: After the Flood

Commentary: Unexpected Encounters on the Slopes

Executive Interview

Susan Goetzinger on Leadership Strategies

Publication Date: Saturday, May 01, 2010

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