What Makes a Physician Revenue Cycle Tick?
To boost the bottom line of an acquired physician practice, a hospital should first establish a shared understanding of the hospital's overall game plan.
By Thomas Freeman, Stan Stephen
Q & A
Jim Zadoorian: A New Approach to Receivables Performace
Web Extra: Learn about the patented approach that Zadoorian and his company have developed and implemented for valuing and trading hospital receivables on the open market.
HFMA Special Research Report
Research Shows Path to Revenue Cycle Gains Through Effective Benchmarking
Hospital Revenues in Critical Condition
Not-for-profit hospital revenue growth has declined to its lowest level in two decades. Revenue pressure is coming from Medicare, Medicaid, commercial payers, patient volume, uncompensated care, ICD-10, and fee-for-service and bundled payment.
By Lisa Goldstein
The Forecast for RAC Extrapolation: Mostly Cloudy
Learn what action steps hospitals should consider in preparing for RAC extrapolation.
By Elizabeth Goldman, Robert Jacobs, Ellen Scott, Bonnie Scott
Building a Structure to Support Optimal Revenue Integrity
Clinical and financial staffs at Intermountain Healthcare are collaborating effectively on revenue integrity approach to enhance compliance and improve charge capture.
By Kelley Blair
Web Extra: Learn how to assess areas of revenue and compliance risk to develop a culture of revenue integrity.
Acknowledging the Importance of BAI Accounts
Hospitals should not underestimate the importance of excellent customer service in billing and collections for self-pay accounts.
By Steve Levin
With growing patient financial obligations, providers require new revenue cycle management strategies, such as implementing self-service technology to simplify billing work.
By Jeffrey Kao
Increasing Up-Front Payments with a Preservice Financial Checklist
A preservice financial checklist can be an indispensable tool for maximizing preservice collections while building and retaining good and long-lasting relationships with patients.
By David Mason
Web Extra: Sample Preservice Financial Checklist and Script for Front-Office Staff
Focused Training Boosts Revenue Cycle Skills, Accountability
A health system tells of how an initiative to raise the knowledge and skill sets of its revenue cycle professionals has had ripple effects in terms of efficiency, satisfaction, and the bottom line.
By Craig Richmond
Transforming the Back Office with a Single Keystroke
Intelligent data capture technology helps healthcare organizations supplement electronic health record automation trends and create efficiency, freeing up money and personnel to serve their mission.
By Charles Kaplan
The Hidden KPI: Registration Accuracy
Implementing a quality assurance process to improve registration accuracy can help healthcare organizations improve their revenue cycle and the results of the revenue cycle KPIs.
By Paul Shorrosh
Cost and Quality
The Call for Innovation
To help promote innovation in health care, nursing and finance leaders should asking "why" and "why not" questions and advocate for eliminating barriers to innovation.
By Kathleen Sanford
From The Chair
HFMA Chair Greg Adams describes why a key to success is maintaining maximum effort, even after early wins.
By Greg Adams, FHFMA
From the President
Compromise on the economy is challenging in a polarized environment.
By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
From the Editor
A Day at the Beach
The discussion about the revenue cycle is now including the physician revenue cycle specifically and revenue growth generally.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
Healthcare Spending: Good News/Bad News
The July 2011 report by the CMS actuaries contains good news and bad news-depending on one's perspective.
By Gail Wilensky
Using Business Intelligence for Competitive Advantage
The use of data analytics is emerging as a key discipline for healthcare finance.
By Edward Giniat
Closing the Healthcare Communication Gap
By Keith Figlioli
Finger on the Pulse: A Look at the Future for Not-for-Profit Healthcare Organizations
By William Jarvis
Trends in Hospital Revenue Cycle Management
Member Spotlight: The Power of the Pen
Vincent Schmitz: A Capital Strategy that can Weather Tough Times
Publication Date: Thursday, September 01, 2011