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A lack of good costing data is a barrier to achieving value in healthcare organizations. Learn how to select and implement technologies designed to improve costing.
CFOs should take advantage of key opportunities to achieve cost savings and performance improvement in financial services.
Costing for physician practices presents unique challenges for hospital finance professionals.
Equivalent acute patient days (EAPDs) are more accurate than adjusted patient days (APDs) for analyzing hospital cost increases over time if inpatient types differ significantly in terms of acuity.
After a technology upgrade, a hospital should take specific steps preempt issues that could lead to decreased revenue.
Learning to use existing capacity more efficiently may be the fastest way for hospitals and health systems to generate revenue.
Catholic Health Initiatives is trying to figure out the true costs associated with nursing—so that the health system can do a better job managing nurse staffing costs.
To succeed under the new value-focused business model, hospitals and health systems will need to have the following mechanisms in place: revenue management, cost management, use of human capital, physician revenue/compensation modeling and budgeting, and management reporting.
The Cleverleys have identified a new metric that can assess the costliness of hospital care across hospitals and across market areas-without bias toward cost shifting or payer mix issues.
The Cleverleys make the case for a better facility level productivity metric: man hours per equivalent discharge. This new metric evaluates workforce hours in relation to inpatient and outpatient units of service.
Not-for-profit and public hospitals follow different accounting standards so their financial characteristics are distinguishable.
The average cost per discharge was $9,100 for all payers in 2008. Medicare discharges had the highest average cost per hospital stay ($11,300).
When inpatient charges represented 90 percent of total volumes, using adjusted patient days or adjusted discharges as a volume metric made sense. But when outpatient volumes continue to trend upward, it's time to adopt a more realistic volume metric.
In the face of the nation's economic challenges, hospitals are under increasing pressure to reduce costs. Benchmarking is key to achieving that goal.
A proposed new model for lease accounting can have a significant financial impact on healthcare organizations.
Due to high fixed costs, hospitals can capture few variable costs using incremental cost reduction strategies. Instead, they should consider reducing capacity and optimizing use of remaining capacity.
Costly drug-eluting stents could dramatically alter projected demands for cardiac surgical services.
Hospitals can use their call centers to determine the success of marketing projects aimed at attracting patients to the organization.
A hospital that does not have an activity-based costing system could be putting its financial viability at considerable risk.
A detailed charge code analysis can be a powerful tool for identifying specific areas for cost reduction, which can lead to large and sustainable improvements.
Equivalent patient units is a new measure of hospital volume that improves finance leaders’ ability to compare activity and costs—and identify savings potential.
A shift in focus from large patient populations to clusters within specific services as healthcare reforms are implemented will fuel the need for detailed cost accounting.
Learn how reform will change hospital costing systems—and five strategies to help your organization adapt.
Four components of Medicare payment that have shown considerable variation among states are outlier payments, DSH payments, IME-GME payments, and total capital and other pass-through cost payments.
The Medicare cost report is a tool that can help you perform cost analyses and benchmark your organization against your competitors.
Amy Amick, president, revenue cycle management, and William Davis, vice president, revenue cycle advisory solutions, both with MedAssets, share insights on the industry and techniques to drive sustainable performance improvement.
Eric Ward, president and CEO, Parallon Revenue Cycle Services, discusses key trends in revenue cycle management and factors providers should consider when partnering to advance their revenue cycle performance.
Doug Festermaker, managing partner and executive vice president of health care, Warbird Consulting Partners, shares strategies to leverage outsourced CFO expertise to lead special projects or fill interim roles while recruiting is underway.
Lisa Schneider, CFA, managing director, non-profits & healthcare systems at Russell Investments, offers insights on today’s asset management environment and what to look for when working with a solutions provider to optimize a healthcare organization’s portfolio strategy and manage risk.
Todd W. Lillibridge, president and CEO of Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc., and executive vice president of medical property operations at Ventas, discusses trends in healthcare real estate strategy and key considerations when choosing a partner for managing a healthcare organization's service and capital needs.
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