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The Cost of Quality: How VBP Scores Correlate with Hospital Costs

One study suggests that success under the Medicare value-based purchasing program may correlate with higher expenditures on routine services that impact patient satisfaction.

By William Shoemaker






New Partnership Opportunities for Payers and Providers

Hospital finance leaders should be prepared to act quickly and decisively when considering new partnerships with insurers and physicians.

By Jim Berarducci, Rob Langheim, Anne Vars


Implementing Clinical and Financial Collaboration Between Payers and Providers

These case studies highlight some successes and challenges associated with collaboration initiatives between payers and providers.

By Michael Nugent


Changing the Game: What CFOs Should Know About Physician Compensation

Learn three critical questions healthcare CFOs and other leaders should ask when developing a physician compensation plan.  

By James Otto


Pharmacy Revenue Cycle Audits can Bring Unexpected Returns

Hospitals should be aware of the extent that seemingly small errors in pharmacy revenue cycle processes can cause them to lose substantial dollars from their bottom lines. 

By Douglass Miller, Kristin Fox-Smith


People and Change Management in an Uncertain Environment

Business transformation requires focusing not only on tools, technology, and techniques, but also on involving the entire workforce. 

By Edward Giniat, Brad Benton, Eric Biegansky, Robert Grossman


Commerically Reasonable - Whose Responsibility is It?

Hospital finance executives can play an important role in assessing whether proposed transactions between their organizations and physicians meet regulatory standards for being commercially reasonable. 

By Jen Johnson


Is Your Clinical Documentation Improvement Program Compliant?

Failing to follow documentation guidelines could pose legal headaches for hospitals. Learn four strategies for improving the accuracy of documentation while remaining compliant. 

By Kenji Asakura, Erik Ordal


Creating a Stand-Alone Fundraising Foundation

Forming stand-alone foundations can be a key fundraising strategy for hospitals.

By Walter Dillingham, Leigh Weiss, John Lawson

Focus Areas


The Inexorable March Toward Accountable Care

The long and winding road toward accountable care has not been without bumps, but accountable care organizations constitute a bona fide, inexorable trend that should pick up steam in the years ahead. 

By Ken Perez



Computer-Assisted Coding and Clinical Documentation: First Things First

Learn why some organizations are considering computer-assisted coding and documentation in the move toward ICD-10—and best practices for implementing these systems. 

By Melinda Tully, Angela Carmichael


From the Chair

Implementing Core Strategies to Improve Efficiencies

Reducing costs requires careful anaysis and hard decisions.

By Ralph Lawson, FHFMA, CPA


From the President

Making the First Move

Providers and payers need to step outside familiar roles to create healthcare value.

By Joseph Fifer, FHFMA, CPA


From the Editor

Can We Talk?

Improved partnerships between providers and payers can help consumers.

By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief


Eye on Washington

Standards, Please

Use of the National Quality Strategy (NQS) offers payers and providers a much-needed opportunity to simplify quality measurement.

By Chad Mulvany


Business Intelligence

How Business Intelligence Can Improve Value

Case studies of three healthcare organizations reinforce the premise that business intelligence is critical to demonstrating improved value. 

By Keith Moore, Katie Eyestone, Dean Coddington


Healthcare Value

Driving Value: Solving the Issue of Data Overload with an Executive Dashboard

A quality and safety dashboard provides a meaningful summary of data to the board of directors and hospital leadership.

By John Byrnes

Web Extra: The executive quality dashboard is a straightforward tool that shows executives and board members a healthcare organization’s composite measures and targets. 

Strategy Challenge

Is Independence the Right Strategy?

A freestanding community hospital in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area considers the relative merits of remaining independent in a market that is in the midst of consolidation frenzy. 

By Alan Zuckerman


5 Ways To...

5 Ways to Prevent Medicaton Errors

Karen P. Zimmer, MD, MPH, FAAP, medical director for ECRI’s patient safety organization, offers strategies for adopting a system-based approach to preventing errors.

By Karen Wagner


Data Trends

Considering the Risks and Rewards of Payment Reform

Health system leaders should understand the total costs of care in their communities, and how those costs across the continuum compare with total costs in similar communities.


Member Spotlight: Racing in Paradise


Executive Interview

Charles Weis: Negotiating a Unique Partnership to Improve Care



Publication Date: Monday, October 01, 2012

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