Cover Story

07_HFM_Cover_webManaging the Risks of Accountable Care

The risks of participating in Medicare's Shared Savings Program would likely exceed the potential benefits if the program unfolds entirely along the lines spelled out in CMS's proposed rules.

By Max Reynolds

Web Extra: The Build-Up: High Hopes for ACOs  


Delivering During a Time of Need

By Patrick Reilly


The Value of Shared Services

Multisite shared services organizations can strengthen business continuity planning and capability.

By Beverly Wallace


Understanding Hospital Professional Liability Claim Costs

Collecting and benchmarking targeted claim data can help hospital systems manage risk.

By Kristin Monopolis, Erik Johnson


Tax-Exempt Bank Loans Still an Option for Providers

Healthcare organizations may wish to consider tax-exempt bank financing for capital projects.

By Grant Ostlund, John Cheney


5 things You Should Know About Co-Managment Arrangements

Co-management agreements offer hospitals a means to focus compensation of physicians more on the quality of care they deliver than on the volume of services.

By Jen Johnson

Web Extra: A Brief History of Co-Management Arrangements

Physician Compensation: 5 Mistakes, 1 Solution

The most effective physician compensation models are productivity-based, using work relative value units to measure productivity.

By Marc Halley, William Reiser


Capital Efficiency and Integrated Health System Designs

Community health system design plays a role in capital efficiency, including returns on invested capital.

By Daniel Zismer, Jay Sterns, Bill Claus


Overcoming Barriers to EHR Adoption

One health system managed the implementation of its its organizationwide electronic health record by first gaining input from clinicians and working cooperatively with competitors.

By John Haughom, Skip Kriz, Donn McMillan

Web Extra: Fast Facts: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

Focus Areas


Culture Clash: The Impact of Culture on Physician-Hospital Integration

Hospitals and physicians that are undertaking a merger should take five key steps to avoid a culture clash that could derail the integration initiative.

By Mark Hirschfeld, Robert Moss



Budget Planning Under Payment Reform

Healthcare finance executives should take a team-based approach to budgeting and use scenario planning as part of the budgeting process.

By Michael Nugent


From the Chair

Don't Be Afraid to Fail   

The risk of failure is not the risk that matters most.   

By Greg Adams, FHFMA   


From the President

Medicare's Future   

Reforming Medicare payment through a private-public partnership would be a positive step for the future of the program.

By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA   


From the Editor

Circuit Bending   

What the Democrats and Republicans need if they are to effectively "bend the cost curve" for Medicare is something analogous to circuit bending.  

By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief   


Eye on Washington

Medicare Spending - Again in in Spotlight

The Social Security trustees released their annual report in May, and the news was not good for Medicare.

By Gail Wilensky



Leaders Need to say No  

Healthcare leaders who possess discernment and sound judgment are able to say "no" even when doing so is difficult or perhaps not politically correct.

By Larry Scanlan


Inside IT

The Transformative Role of Healthcare IT in Accountable Care Frameworks

Healthcare IT can play a transformative role in accountable care frameworks.

By Keith Figlioli


Executive Interview

Craig Richmond: Driving Best-in-Class Revenue Cycle Improvement

Publication Date: Friday, July 01, 2011

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