Understanding Your Capital Options
As hospitals and health systems plan capital spending that requires financing, they should carefully weigh all their options.
By Christopher Payne
Q & A
George C. Halvorson: The Future Is Connectivity
Letter from HFMA UK
Best Wishes from "Across the Pond"
Long-time HFMA President Dick Clarke fostered a strong relationship with HFMA in the UK.
By Mark Knight
Risks and Rewards of Variable-Rate Debt
Hospitals can lower debt-financing costs through appropriate use of variable-rate products.
By Eric Jordahl
Web Extra: Learn more about an additional variable-rate option, the risks and benefits of direct bank placements versus public variable-rate demand bonds (VRDBs), and current issues with bank-supported VRDBs.
By adopting a diversified, flexible funding approach, healthcare borrowers can position themselves to respond rapidly to changes that precipitate a need to shift priorities among financing options.
By Steven Kennedy Jr., John Randolph, Anthony Taddey
Strategies for Healthcare Facilities, Construction, and Real Estate Management
Adventist HealthCare saved more than $8 million through a comprehensive approach to facilities maintenance, construction, and real estate management.
By James Lee
Web Extra: Find out what's next for Adventist's facilities and real estate department initiative.
Developing Healthcare Facilities for a Changing Environment
Healthcare organizations that are going to refocus and redevelop facilities with the goal of improving quality and lowering costs should consider taking a business approach to facilities development.
By Fred Campobasso, Joe Kucharz
Web Extra: Business Plans that Deliver Better Care at Lower Cost
Physician Relationships: Make Your First Impression Count
A strategy for physician recruitment is vital to a health system's success.
By Jason Crepeau
Web Extra: Learn the five essential relationships physician recruiters should maintain.
Engaging Staff with Team-Based Performance Sharing
A New Jersey hospital shows how engaging staff in performance improvement efforts can yield meaningful cost savings.
By Robert Masternak
The Sustainable Growth Rate: The Elephant in the Room of Deficit Reduction
Ten years of congressional overrides to the SGR have contributed to higher Medicare spending on physician services and have left the federal government with a significant budget deficit exposure.
By Ken Perez
Web Extra: Since the sustainable growth rate provision was implemented with Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress has made several unsuccessful attempts to reform it.
Medical Foundations: One Model for Hospital-Physician Alignment
The medical foundation model offers hospitals and health systems a potentially valuable opportunity to better integrate and collaborate with physician groups to improve the quality, efficiency, and coordination of care.
By Joan Feldman
Technology Safeguards Needed As Security Rule Audits Loom
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of Civil Rights (OCR), will conduct up to 150 security rule audits under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by the end of 2012.
By Deborah Gersh, Laura Hoey, Timothy Microsomal, David Tolley
From the Chair
The Last Column
HFMA Chair Greg Adams sums up the can-do spirit he witnessed in his year as Chair.
By Greg Adams, FHFMA
From the President
Thanks for the Memories
HFMA President Dick Clarke recalls growth of healthcare finance during his tenure.
By Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
From the Editor
Lesson from a Leader
Outgoing HFMA President Dick Clarke's accomplishments were based on respect.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
What Happens Now with the Affordable Care Act?
After three days of riveting hearings at the Supreme Court concerning the Affordable Care Act, we are left waiting to see what, if any, portions of the act will be struck down by the Court.
By Gail Wilensky
A focus on patient satisfaction can seem discordant within a healthcare system that is also being asked to improve the value of care.
What Should Our New System's Strategic Priorities Be Post-Merger?
Leaders at two small health systems that plan to merge consider what their strategic priorities should be to ensure the new organization's success.
By Alan Zuckerman
Continued Investment in Healthcare IT Critical
As Congress struggles to reduce U.S. national debt levels approaching crisis proportions, it should not lose sight of the long-term implications of budget cuts-particularly regarding healthcare IT.
By Keith Figlioi, Bill Spooner
Governance: Still at the Top of the Investment Agenda
Boards and investment committees are making investment decisions in an ever more complex environment. But are they devoting the resources needed to perform effectively?
By William Jarvis
5 Ways To...
5 Ways to Better Understand Costing for Physician Practices
Costing for physician practices presents unique challenges for hospital finance professionals.
By David Clingo, Cesar Fernandez-Mansilla
ROI from Facility Investment: Quality and Patient Satisfaction
Member Spotlight: Hospital Rising from the Rubble
James M. Connelley: Each Challenge Is an Opportunity
Publication Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2012