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.
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
Commentary: Healthcare Reform Version 1.0
By Gail R. Wilensky
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.
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.
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.
Leading in an Era of Change and Uncertainty
By Edward J. Giniat
Finance professionals should lead the healthcare transformation in their organizations.
Recession May Have Prompted a Decline in Hospital Expense Inflation Rate
Member Spotlight: After the Flood
Commentary: Unexpected Encounters on the Slopes
Susan Goetzinger on Leadership Strategies
Publication Date: Saturday, May 01, 2010