Q & A
Maureen Bisognano: Finance is Key to Achieving Quality and Cost Goals
A tireless advocate for change, Maureen Bisognano shares her views on why healthcare CFOs should sit at the table with CEOs and clinical staff to discuss new ways to improve health care.
Capital Planning for Clinical Integration
Hospitals should view clinical integration initiatives as investments, requiring in-depth analysis to understand financial implications and the impact on the organization's financial profile.
By Daniel M. Grauman, Gerald Neff, Molly Martha Johnson
8 Strategies for Hospital Borrowers in 2011
Given today's capital market volatility and uncertainty, healthcare borrowers should pursue strategies to establish and defend an appropriate level of risk in the capital markets.
By James W. Blake, Eric A. Jordahl, Andrew J. Majka
Web Extra: To prevent recurrence of the worldwide financial crisis of 2007-09, global and U.S. bodies have developed laws and regulations, promulgated in 2010, that warrant healthcare finance leaders' attention.
Medical Real Estate in an Age of Reform
The increased number of insured Americans will determine the types of healthcare facilities that are most needed during an era of change and how those facilities are funded.
By Laca Wong Hammond, Philip (P.J.) Camp
Web Extra: Learn why joint ventures with physicians may not be the best source of funding for medical real estate initiatives
Healthcare Capital Projects: How to Avoid Common Problems
Hospital management teams should be aware of eight key problem areas that can delay or increase costs for their hospital capital project.
By Darren Vianueva
How to Optimize an Equipment Leasing Program
In the aftermath of the credit crisis vacuum, more and more healthcare executives are turning to the $521 billion leasing market to finance replacement equipment and fulfill new facility equipment needs.
By Blaine Ung, Jay Zeinfield
Energy Management: Opportunities and Challenges for the Healthcare Industry
Hospitals and health systems are investing in energy efficiency improvements to reduce costs, although financing these investments is challenging.
By Richard Smith
4 Decisions that Can Affect Your Anesthesia Subsidy
The right choices regarding staffing models, compensation, and type of anesthesia provider a hospital or health system needs can control anesthesia subsidy costs and keep surgical units strong.
By Marc Koch, Dyann Bartus Calder
Managing Bundled Payments
An early look at results of efforts to manage bundled payments at several hospitals highlights the importance of IT for ensuring a successful implementation of this payment method.
By Andrew Draper
Payment Reform: Complexities to Consider
Working together, providers and payers should take actions to achieve meaningful payment reform by adopting uniform payment rates that cover evidence-based costs.
By Michael E. Nugent
Hospital-Physician Alignment: The 1990s Versus Now
As long as health system administrators avoid some of the mistakes they made in the past, they should be able to employ physicians to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
By Clayton Harbeck
From the Chair
Step Up and Come Together
Providers should include all healthcare industry stakeholders, including payers, in discussions of how to meet industry challenges. Diversity is important, given the reform-related changes ahead.
By Deborah Kuchka-Craig, FHFMA
From the President
HFMA's Value Project provides a framework for the CFO's increasing involvment in improving quality and cost.
By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
From the Editor
Living in Two Worlds
Healthcare finance professionals need to plan for tomorrow's capital needs while funding the needs of today.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
VBP in the Works: Perspectives on CMS's Proposed Rule
By Chad Mulvaney
Tips for Choosing Back-Office Technologies that Reduce Costs
By Tom Hughes
What Would You Do? Should We Develop a Children's Hospital?
By Alan M. Zuckerman
Rural Hospital Profitability
Member Spotlight: Imagination Central
One Way to Motivate Employees to Stay on Budget: Offer to Shave Your Head
3 Ways to Use Social Media to Capture Your Dream Job
Henry J. Franey: Mergers Should Create Economic Value
Publication Date: Friday, April 01, 2011