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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Patient Stays Increase in 2011
Member Spotlight: It's All in the Hands
Publication Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2011