The Return of Capitation: Preparing for Population-Based Health Care
Capitation again seems on track to displace fee-for-service as the industry's predominant payment model. Unlike in the 1990s, the casualties may be the providers that cannot adapt.
By Jonathan Pearce
The Clock is Ticking on Readmission Penalties
Hospitals should focus on three areas where poor performance is contributing to high numbers of Medicare readmissions: execution of the discharge plans, patient education, and coordination of post-discharge care.
By Mark Aspenson, Sunil Hazaray
Web Extra: Learn More About the High Cost of Readmissions
Out of Control: Little-Used Clinical Assets are Draining Healthcare Budgets
Little-used mobile clinical equipment is a significant expense for healthcare organizations, but cutting costs involves more than inventory reduction.
By Ruslan Horblyuk, Kristopher Kaneta, Gary McMillen, Christopher Mullins, Thomas O' Brien, Ankita Roy
11 Critical Questions to Ask when Buying a Physician Practice
Before acquiring a physician practice, hospital leaders should ask themselves 11 questions about keys to strategic and financial success that will help them make rational, evidence-based decisions.
By William Jessee
Health Care and TEM: Managing Costs of Fixed and Mobile Communications
Telecom and wireless expense management (TEM) and (WEM) offer healthcare providers effective means to meet the inherent challenges borne from today's tremendous growth in wireless technologies.
By Michael Lustig
Engaging Patients to Improve the Healthcare Experience
Involving patients and family members in clinical and administrative improvement initiatives can not only provide patients with a better healthcare experience, but also enhance healthcare organizations' overall performance.
By Kristine White
Strange Bed(side) Fellows: Physician-Finance Collaboration
Physicians and financial leaders are working together to solve health care's biggest challenges-cost and quality.
By Rod Fralicx
The Budget Control Act: Implications for Medicare
The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a bipartisan congressional committee to develop proposed legislation aimed at reducing the federal deficit. Yet 10 months after the act's ratification, control over the budget deficit is nowhere to be seen.
By Ken Perez
Managing Margins Through Physician Engagement
The realities of healthcare reform are driving hospitals and physicians to recognize margin management as a key component in securing a financially viable healthcare delivery system for the 21st century.
By Nicholas Sears
From the Chair
Leading the Way Together
Options abound today for providers to reach out to private payers and physician groups to experiment with innovative payment models.
By Ralph Lawson, FHFMA, CPA
From the President
From Horses to Horsepower
Phase 2 of HFMA's Value Project research includes five recommendations for action steps that value-oriented providers can take now in preparation for value-based payment.
By Joseph Fifer, FHFMA, CPA
From the Editor
Two articles present challenges representing a multitude of risks healthcare organizations face today. And the solutions the authors propose represent a wise approach to coping with these risks.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
Physician Spending Revisited... Once Again
If Congress decides to retain an RBRVS type payment system, it will need to consider whether it wants to modify the SGR in some way rather than remove it entirely.
By Gail Wilensky
Recommendations for Delivering Value
HFMA offers recommendations to help provider organizations position themselves for success in the emerging payment environment.
By James Landman
Real Estate Monetization: An Attractive Source of Hospital Capital
Monetization of non-acute care hospital real estate not only creates additional liquidity for a hospital's balance sheet, but also converts an asset to market value.
By Jeffrey Cooper
Compassion, Respect, Effectiveness: Imperatives for Hospital Collections
Communicating clearly with patients has always been a complex process for hospitals. What they need is communication handled with compassion and respect that can help bridge any misunderstanding.
By Richard Gundling
Driving Out Waste in Health Care
Learn why we're wasting every other dollar we spend in health care.
By Mike Alkire
5 Ways To...
5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Purchased Services
Learn five strategies for finding cost savings related to purchased services.
By Karen Wagner
6 CPT Codes Can Help Hospital Diagnose the Health of Their ED Revenue Cycles
Member Spotlight: Home on the Range
Member Spotlight: Burn Victim Hopes to Compete in Ironman Competition
Mitchell Thomas: A Forward-Looking Focus
Publication Date: Monday, July 02, 2012