Choosing the Right Physician Practices
A tool for carefully evaluating the strategic alignment and financial impact of a physician practice can be used to prioritize acquisitions and determine their value.
By Sean T. Hartzell, Matthew R. Sturm, Emily D. Lopez
Physician Practice Aquisitions: Preparing for the Transaction
Before talking dollars, hospitals that hope to achieve success with practice acquisitions should lay the groundwork for discussing valuation and compensation.
By Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Rudd Kierstead
Hospital-Physician Alignment: Making the Relationship Work
CFOs can take steps to help their organizations align successfully and cost-effectively with physicians.
By Kate Lovrien, Luke Peterson
Due Diligence During the Integration of Physician Groups
The rush to physician group integration requires due diligence and attention to detail.
By Tom Ealey
Managing the Physician Revenue Cycle
Hospital leaders entering the physician practice acquisition pool should take into account the inherent differences between hospital and physician revenue cycles.
By Pat A. Sorrentino, Brian B. Sanderson
Achieving Financial Success for Owned Physician Practices
A focused management approach that recreates the dynamics of a private practice turnaround is key to the financial success of employed physician practices.
By Lucy Zielinski, James Valek
Web Extra: Finding a graphic tool for evaluating the revenue cycle strengths and weaknesses of employed physician practices.
Bumps Along the ACO Road
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) can expect to encounter several challenges that are not addressed in the final guidelines for participation in Medicare's ACO project.
By David W. Young
Web Extra: NEJM Readings about ACOs, Cost-Reduction Incentives in the Affordable Act, and Value in Health Care
Cost and Quality
The Case for Case Management
Case management is emerging as a strategic process for increasing payment, controlling costs, enhancing operational efficiency, and preparing for value-based purchasing.
By Barbara Baguhn
Shared Savings,Shared Risk: First-Year Potential Gains and Losses of ACOs
As hospitals prepare for a new world of shared payments under the ACO model, they need to make determinations with respect to four key areas of concern: integration, cost versus benefits, patient loyalty, and risks versus rewards.
By Warren Skea, Benjamin Isgur
A New Customer Service Partnership for Hospitals and Physicians
To promote better customer service, clinical and finance leaders should work as partners.
By Kathleen D. Sanford
From the Chair
Year-End Roundup: The Good News
Read about five of the top good-news stories in healthcare finance in 2011.
By Gregory Adams, FHFMA
From the President
Revenue Cycle Progress
HFMA has come a long way from the beginnings of its Patient Friendly Billing project to its substantial MAP initiative.
By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
From the Editor
The Effect of Aquisition
Hospitals today are being encouraged to get larger-for example, to acquire physician practices. They require excellent strategies to avoid the onerous aspects of expansion.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
Opportunities and Risks of Participating in the CMMI Bundled Payment Program
Providers applying to participate in the CMMI Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative need to understand the program and the opportunities and risks associated with participation.
By Chad Mulvaney
Web Extra: General Overview of the CMMI Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative
What Should Our Strategy Be in the Post-Reform Era?
Leaders at the clinical division of an academic medical center considered how best to set priorities to address five significant strategic challenges with seven competitive issues.
By Alan M. Zuckerman
What to Ask About the Next New Product to Enhance Hospital Cash Flow
The desire for higher yields for short-term investments spurred the creation of special, structured products to enable businesses to safely increase the yield on short-term investments.
By Robert B. Sommer
Trends in Medicare and Medicaid Day Utilization Percentages
Member Spotlight: A Scoop of Ice Cream with Finance on the Top
Bookshelf: Social Media for Project Managers
Publication Date: Thursday, December 01, 2011