Understanding Variation in Medicare Inpatient Payment
Variations in Medicare payment in different states may put hospitals in some states at a disadvantage by contributing to negative Medicare margins that other hospitals have been able to avoid.
By Thomas M. Schuhmann
Web Extra: Variation in Four Key Components of Medicare Payment
Special Section: Healthcare Reform
The Cost of Confusion: Healthcare Reform and Value-Based Purchasing
Despite the allure of accountable care organizations (ACOs), hospital leaders would do well to focus first on value-based purchasing beforeturning their attention to developing an ACO.
By Trent Haywood
The Intended-and Unintended-Consequences of Healthcare Reform
It is important that healthcare providers understand the implications of reform and prepare for changes now to support access to high-quality care in the future.
ByDavid Hammer, Bill Phillips, Terry L. Schmidt
Web Extra: Is a mandate requiring individuals to purchase healthcare insurance constitutional?
Using the Medicare Cost Report to Improve Financial Performance
The Medicare cost report is a tool that can help you perform cost analyses and benchmark your organization against your competitors.
By Kathleen J. LaBrake, Holly S. Pokrandt
Hospitals Join Forces to Transform the Revenue Cycle
How four hospitals in Providence Health & Services' California region surpassed 77.8 percent of revenue cycle targets--up from 29.6 percent.
By Darlene Best, Brad Byars, Janice C.Grankowski, Teresa McSpadden
Web Extra: See a daily report Providence Health & Services' management uses to monitor revenue cycle performance on a daily basis.
From Acquisition to Integration: Transforming a Hospital into an ACO
Physician involvement in leadership and governance will be a critically important component of today's newly forming accountable care organizations.
By John N. Fink, Sean T. Hartzell
Automating the OR Supply Chain at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Implementing point-of-use automation for the operating room supply chain not only generated additional net revenue but also yielded operational efficiencies.
By Mitch Work
Web Extra: View Memorial Hermann's implementation schedule for OR supply chain automation.
Reducing Clinical Costs with an EHR
Investments in EHR performance management are essential to reducing costs and improving quality of care with the help of this technology.
By Doug Thompson, Ferdinand Velasco, David Calssen, Robert J. Raddemann
Payment Reform, Accountable Care, and Risk: Early Lessons for Providers
Four early lessons learned can help providers prepare for the impact of payment reform on their organizations.
By Michael E. Nugent
From the Chair
Access: Keeping the Promise
Providers and payers should look for primary care access solutions to ensure that all patients-regardless of insurance source or status-receive only first-class medical care.
By Debora Kuchka-Craig, FHFMA
From the President
The Future of Medicare
The nation's political leadership should address the problems facing Medicare by focusing on on taxes, care delivery, and "bending the cost curve".
By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
From the Editor
A Cure for Procrastination
In preparing for healthcare reform, hospital leaders may be tempted to procrastinate, but one man's story suggests that inaction can lead to unexpected consequences.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Road Trip to Organizational Success
By MarieAnn Thornburg
Major Capital Projects and Hospital Cost Position
Member Spotlight: Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin
Bookshelf: The Medical Bill Survival Guide/Overheard
Baylor's Frederick Savelsbergh on Capital Financing Strategy