Cover Story

HFM_november_cover

Finding the Best Strategy for Service Distribution

Two Indiana healthcare organizations provide a case study in how best to create a regional service delivery plan. 

By Mark E. Grube, Walter W. Morrissey

 

 

 


Features 

Lessons from Successful Hospital Consolidations

The prospect of a merger can be disconcerting for community hospital leaders. Success can depend on how well they apply the lessons learned from hospitals that have traveled this path before. 

By Howard J. Peterson

 

Financing the Future of Independent Community Hospitals

Staying viable as an independent community hospital is not easy in today's environment. But the experiences of one hospital demonstrate that it can be done. 

By Alan P. Richman

 

Aligning Managed Care Contracts, Compensation Plans and Incentive Models

New third-party payment models have significant implications not just for providers' revenue streams, but also for how providers structure physician compensation and incentives. 

By Michael E. Nugent

 

Understanding the Variables in Planning Infrastructure Projects

Assessing infrastructure needs through a disciplined process helps hospital executives maximize their investments and avoid any costly surprises. 

By Michael Sherman

 

6 Strategies for Buliding Bundled Payments

Healthcare organizations nationwide can take a lesson from leading health systems that have taken steps to successfully develop bundled payments, lower costs, and maintain or improve quality of care.  

By Kent Giles

 

Maryland's All-Payer System: A Delicate Balancing Act

Maryland's all-payer system has lowered healthcare costs, but also has driven down hospitals' operating margins and driven up debt. 

By Karen Wagner

 

HITECH Security Mandates for Healthcare Organizations

New rules governing data security and breaches are more prescriptive than the HIPAA rules, and the government is stepping up enforcement. 

By Mac McMillan


Focus Areas

Technology

Interoperability: The Key to Breaking Down Information Silos in Health Care

From a healthcare technology perspective, interoperability involves data exchange, infrastructure interoperability, user interface interoperability, and process interoperability.

By John Glaser

 

Accounting

Measuring Cost When Inpatient Service Acuity Varies

Equivalent acute patient days (EAPDs) are more accurate than adjusted patient days (APDs) for analyzing hospital cost increases over time if inpatient types differ significantly in terms of acuity. 

By George Koutsakos

 

Revenue Cycle

Courting a Better Bottom Line with Probate Recovery

The probate process is a way to recover hospital payment while respecting the feelings of the patient's loved ones and protecting the hospital's reputation and bottom line. 

By Angela Horn


Columns

From the Chair

The Game in Review

Finance leaders who don't make the time to review dashboards and other management reports may miss out on opportunities for themselves and their organizations. 

By Greg Adams, FHFMA

 

From the President

The Value Transformation

At a recent retreat, financial leaders agree on the need to shift focus from volume to value. 

By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA

 

From the Editor

Learning to DriveAs the healthcare system changes, hospitals need to look at themselves with a fresh perspective. 

By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief

 

Eye on Washington

Improving Value in Medicaid

Controlling Medicaid spending is among the states' most difficult budgetary challenges. They are realizing that they must focus on improving the value Medicaid spending delivers. 

By Gail R. Wilensky

 

Leadership

The Economics of Physician-Hospital Relationships

Hospital CFOs play an important role in driving the economic value of their organization's medical practices.

By Marc D. Halley

 

Data Trends

Patient Stays Increase in 2011

 

Etcetera

Member Spotlight: It's All in the Hands

 

Publication Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Login Required

If you are an existing member, please log in below. Username and password are required.

Username:

Password:

Forgot User Name?
Forgot Password?

If you are not an HFMA member and would like to access portions of our content for 30 days, please fill out the following.

First Name:

Last Name:

Email:

   Become an HFMA member instead