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Hospitals Acquire Upper Hand in Bond Covenants
By Pierre Bogacz
In recent months, a rising number of hospitals have taken advantage of favorable bond terms to successfully sell bonds?without some of the traditional investor protections and without incurring a higher cost of debt.
Telemedicine: Strategic Benefits for Major Players
By Douglas Smith
Telemedicine is especially relevant for those hospitals attempting to meet health reform initiatives, working toward an ACO model, or replacing out-of-date or aging legacy systems.
Budgeting and Reporting
Measuring the Financial Performance of Non-Core Hospital Businesses
By Ryan Heit
Hospital finance departments should work with leaders of non-core businesses to develop meaningful operating reports that can be used at all levels of the organization.
Closing the Meaningful Use Gap for Small/Rural Hospitals
By Lauren Phillips
While traditional financing options may be an option for some well-positioned small/rural facilities, others may find better luck with nontraditional financing approaches.
Collaboration in Action
Two CAHs Team Up to Achieve Meaningful Use
By Lauren Phillips
Over the past year, the partnership has saved each facility about $300,000 on EHR implementation.
The Long View
Reform at Half-Time: ACA Versus the Economy
A commentary by Jeffrey C. Bauer
“I simply cannot see how consumers will be able to hold up their end of the reform bargain when the mandate goes into play.”
Mergers & Acquisitions
Hospital Consolidation Leads to Price Increases
Consolidated hospitals gain more power at the bargaining table with insurers.
Data Metrics & Analytics
Did Hospital Value Improve with the Economy?
By Jamie Cleverley and Lawrence Baylis
The 100 top-performing hospitals outperformed average U.S. hospitals on all Community Value Index measures.
Pinpointing Your Hospital’s Specific ICD-10 Reimbursement Risks
By Ken Perez
With business intelligence, hospitals can take existing data and predict specific reimbursement and operational risks from ICD-10.
Happy Endings Are Possible for Small Hospitals in Today’s Credit Markets
By Steven W. Kennedy, Jr.
A critical access hospital obtained needed capital from a local bank, securing a combination of tax-exempt, bank-qualified draw bonds and a taxable draw loan.
Finance at a Glance
Nonelderly Insured and Noninsured Are Skipping or Delaying Care
Cost pressures are driving both insured and uninsured patients to delay medical treatment and to skip taking prescribed drugs.
Budgeting & Forecasting
How Unwritten Rules Can Sabotage Budgeting/Forecasting
By Dean Sorensen
Why are unwritten rules relevant to finance? Because they undermine a finance team’s ability to engage in honest discourse that drives planning and management change.
In this Business Profile, Bruce Haupt, president and CEO of ClearBalance, discusses how a patient loan program can increase patient collections, reduce bad debt, and speed cash flow.
In this Business Profile, Jerry Bruno, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, discusses the importance of choosing revenue cycle solutions that help an organization meet the challenges of a quickly evolving healthcare environment.
In this business profile, Lane Jackson, a partner in the Grant Thornton LLP Health Care Advisory Services practice, with extensive experience in overseeing system implementations and revenue cycle reorganizations, discusses best practices for elevating revenue cycle performance during an EMR implementation. Grant Thornton LLP is a sponsor of the Large System Controllers Council Affinity Group.
In this business profile, Amy Gross, senior vice president of Key Government Finance, discusses the benefits of private placement transactions to support large-scale financing projects.
In this business profile, Doug Polasky, executive vice president at Xtend Healthcare, explains the importance of having sound workflow processes in a consolidated business office to ensure optimal performance and reduce costs.
In this business profile, sponsored by SSI, Jay Colfer, vice president of sales and marketing, shares how patient access solutions are reversing the trend toward increased bad debt resulting from the rise in high-deductible consumer health plans.
In this business profile of Deloitte Consulting, Matthew Hitch and David Betts explore the potential benefits of elevating the customer experience and outline strategies to change service delivery.
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