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The Big Deal About Big Data
Big data has big potential to drive improvements in care processes, delivery, and management in health care.
By Keith D. Moore, Katherine Eyestone, Dean C. Coddington
John Kitzhaber: On Achieving Healthcare Transformation
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber called on healthcare finance leaders to change the nation's financial model in health care.
Engaging Purchasers in Value Improvement
Health systems that wish to engage purchasers in initiatives to improve health should consider a number of key action steps.
By Michael E. Nugent
Using Nursing Resource Teams to Improve Quality of Care
Nursing resource teams can help hospitals deal with fluctuations in staffing without having to pay expensive overtime to exhausted staff nurses or rely on temporary help.
By Delphine Mendez de Leon, Judy A. Klauzer Stroot
The Value of Understanding Patient Referral Flow
In many markets, there is a direct relationship between a healthcare system’s primary care presence and its market share.
By Ashleigh Finley
The ROI of Engaged Patients
Having loyal and engaged patients may be a critical financial success fator for organizatons pursuing an accountable care strategy.
By Carmen V. Natale, Devin Gross
Using Normalized RVU Reporting to Evaluate Physician Productivity
One physician organization demonstrates how innovation can result in a substantially better tool for measuring physician productivity.
By Charles Kentros, Charles Barbato
6 Strategies for Managing Value in Uncertain Times
Mid-sized systems are taking proactive steps to prepare for value-based business models and strengthen market share in an environment of reform.
By Laura Ramos Hegwer
Using Business Intelligence to Manage Supply Costs
Proper use of business intelligence goes beyond price benchmarking to manage price performance over time.
By Ernest Bunata
Workers' Compensation—The Other Self-Insured Liability
Understanding, reporting, and controlling workers’ compensation risk exposure is the key to effective management of this liability
By Richard C. Frese
From the Chair
Taking the Lessons of ANI Home
HFMA’s Patient Financial Interaction best practices, Price Transparency Task Force, and Medical Debt Collection Task Force will drive improvements industrywide.
By Steven P. Rose, FHFMA, CPA
From the President
Tough Decisions Ahead
We need to decide who is primarily responsible for improving the health status of the population—healthcare professionals or citizens themselves.
By Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA
From the Editor
Putting Big Data to Work
Predictive analytics, mass customization, and similar approaches will be crucial for a healthcare system that seeks to reduce waste, improve quality, enhance patient loyalty, and improve the health of a defined population.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
Focus on Transparency: Helping Patients and Consumers Make Informed Decisions
Restructuring chargemasters so that prices better reflect the cost of all of the inputs necessary for care, the quality of care delivered, and the local market conditions where care is provided requires a thoughtful discussion about what constitutes actionable transparency.
By Chad Mulvany
Finding a CMO Who Can Drive Value
Learn strategies for hiring the right chief medical officer in a value-based healthcare environment.
By John Byrnes
What's Next with the ACA? It Depends
The varied ways states are approaching the ACA and gaps in knowledge among consumers have cast uncertainty over implementation of the healthcare reform law.
By Ken Perez
5 Ways To...
5 Ways to Be a Strong Leader in Challenging Times
Experts at this year's ANI: The HFMA National Institute shared strategies on how to be a standout leader.
By Jeni Williams
Member Spotlight: Beautiful Music
Tom Myers, chief strategy officer, The SSI Group, discusses the shifting payment environment and how it affects providers' patient access and claims management processes.
Jeff Chester, senior vice president and chief revenue officer at Availity, shares his thoughts on "Revenue Cycle 2.0" and how to best meet its challenges.
Mitch Morris, vice chair and global leader, healthcare, Deloitte, and Michael O'Rourke, senior vice president and chief information officer, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), share perspectives on the need for transformational IT in health care today.
Brian Kueppers, founder and CEO, Apex, discusses the importance of a robust patient payment strategy in boosting organization revenue and enhancing patient satisfaction.
Brian Grazzini, CFO, HealthPort, describes the importance of efficient and compliant information exchange and audit management in helping HIM staff spend less time on paperwork and more on mission-critical projects.
Cindy Matthews, executive vice president, Community Hospital Corporation, discusses how rural and community hospitals can use collaborative partnering to position for success through tough market conditions.
Rick Heise, senior vice president, revenue cycle, at Cerner Corporation, discusses the importance of integrating clinical and financial data to excel in health care’s changing payment environment.
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
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