Q & A
Brent James, MD: Using Data to Transform Healthcare Delivery
Brent James, MD, chief quality officer at Intermountain Healthcare, says using data-driven performance improvement grounded in shared values is "just good management."
Achieving Sustainable Cost Transformation
Hospitals and health systems must make strategic changes to transform their cost structures in response to new-era requirements, or risk being marginalized in their markets.
By Brian S. Channon, Ellen G. Reilly, Jason H. Sussman
Finding Your Organization's Sweet Spots for Cost Management
Three organizations share innovative approaches for improving quality while reducing costs.
By Jeni Williams
Web Extra: Learn the role healthcare finance professionals can play in quality improvement, and view a copy of Bellin Health's project management charter.
Cutting Costs in Your Own Backyard: Opportunities in Financial Services
CFOs should take advantage of key opportunities to achieve cost savings and performance improvement in financial services.
By Jan van Londen, Paul Zimmerman
Frequent-User Patients: Reducing Costs While Making Appropriate Discharges
Hospitals need effective policies for discharging homeless patients, who, without such policies, would likely soon return to the emergency department only to be readmitted as inpatients.
By Henry Fader, Carolyn Phillips
Web Extra: Numerous laws and regulatory requirements have a bearing on hospitals' discharges of homeless patients.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Denials Prevention
A hospital brought staff together to respond to denials and manage audits efficiently and effectively.
By Rick Leach, Mary Daymont, Julie Roby, Linda Metro, Sandra Walter
Web Extra: Find two sample reports for tracking audit activity
Current Trends in Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions
Healthcare reform will result in more consolidation and integration among hospitals, reversing a recent trend in which hospitals tended to stay away from such transactions.
By Thomas Brown Jr., Krist Werling, Barton Walker, Rex Burgdorfer, J. Jordan Shields
Medicare Coverage Analysis: Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls
Determining the eligibility of a clinical study for Medicare coverage requires a detailed review to identify what can be paid by Medicare or third-party payers.
By Alex Morillo
Market Turbulence Creates Financing Opportunity
With GNMA securities at historically low rates, any hospital with outstanding, callable debt should consider accessing the FHA program and GNMA securities.
By James Cooper
The Drive to Survive: Independent Medical Practice
As independent medical practices seek hospital-physician alignment, hospitals should strive to be the "hospital of choice" for those practices for their mutual survival.
By Marc Halley
Web Extra: CFOs should ask these questions before they enter into a physician alignment agreement.
From the Chair
Guidelines for managing the cost of youth sports that could also serve as guidance for healthcare finance professionals in search of ways to reduce costs in their organizations.
By Gregory Adams, FHFMA
From the President
The Value ROI
The return on investment for high-value health care includes improved safety, reduced cost, and higher volume.
By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
From the Editor
Key factors associated with performance improvement include motivation, preparation, and repetition.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
Post-Election Outlook for Providers: A Resource-Constrained Environment
It matters little who wins the White House or controls Congress after the 2012 election-healthcare providers will still face many of the same challenges they are facing today.
By Gail Wilensky
Finding a Common Language for Value-Based Health Care
The transition to a value-based healthcare system will require changes in many things, not least of which is the language used to define value in health care.
By James Landman
5 Ways To...
5 Ways to Provide More Connected Care
IT can faciliate communication among stakeholders and improve care coordination.
By Karen Wagner
Regional Impact of the Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Program
HFMA Delegation Learns Health Care-Brazilian Style
Robert Shapiro: A Strategy to Meet Future Needs