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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?


Features

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


Focus Areas

Payment

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


Columns

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

Leadership

Road Trip to Organizational Success

By MarieAnn Thornburg

Data Trends

Major Capital Projects and Hospital Cost Position

Etcetera

Member Spotlight: Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin

Bookshelf: The Medical Bill Survival Guide/Overheard

Executive Interview

Baylor's Frederick Savelsbergh on Capital Financing Strategy

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