Strategic Financial Planning subscribers can access the individual articles and web exclusives listed below.

Capital Financing

New Markets Tax Credits Can Reduce Capital Financing Needs by ~ 18 Percent

By Jacque Sokolov and Duncan McGillivray

NMTCs allowed Cuyuna Range Hospital District to reduce the amount of money it needed to borrow by $2.3 million—and still realize the net effect of having raised $15.7 million.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Physician Practice Acquisitions: Valuation Requires Extra Care to Avoid Stark/Anti-Kickback Violations

By Anthony Law

How can an acquirer value a physician practice without including the value of patient referrals? Usually through one or more high-level valuation approaches.

Regional Providers: Which Will Thrive Alone and Which Will Merge?

By John Hanley and Mike Quinn

To rationally make this assessment, we recommend that health system executives ask themselves seven vital questions related to leverage, growth potential, physician integration, IT, looming threats, the care continuum, and the talent pool.

Narrow Networks

A Wisconsin Narrow Network in Action

By Lauren Phillips

This is the story of one entry in the narrow network sweepstakes called Blue Priority, a partnership between an ACO (Aurora Health Care) and an insurer (Anthem BCBS Wisconsin).

Web Extras 

Narrow Networks Create Value—And Controversy

Is today’s narrow network really something new, or is it just an HMO by another name? What’s different this time around? 

The Narrowest of the Narrow: Specialty Networks

The latest on Cleveland Clinic’s bundled price arrangements with large employers for cardiac and other specialty care. 

At a Glance

The Hospital-Physician Integration Continuum

By Keith Chew

A range of hospital-physician affiliation models have emerged to accommodate the cultural, operational, economic, and strategic needs of both parties.

Data Metrics & Analysis

Are You Sure You Want to Completely Rely on Your Claim Editor?

By Lauree E. Handlon

We found that both custom and standard errors are occurring in claims nationwide—even though such errors should have been caught by claim editors.  

Strategic Partnerships

2 Case Examples: Choosing Partnership Over Merger

By Jeffrey R. Hoffman

In a sign that the meaning of “independent provider” is changing, many forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are making quiet, intense movements toward partnerships and affiliations.

Web Extra

Population Health Skills

By Jeffrey R. Hoffman

Commercial insurers are interested in partnering with health networks that can demonstrate improved value in care delivery and provide them with access to insurable populations.

Risk Management

ERM for the Population-Focused Enterprise

By Gregory Shufelt and Andy McNerney

Enterprise risk management offers an effective way to identify, evaluate, and plan for risks and opportunities—that originate or escalate beyond the hospital walls.

The Long View

A Broad Perspective on Narrow Networks

By Jeffrey C. Bauer

Rather than fighting each other, providers and insurers should create multi-stakeholder partnerships to build cost-effective networks.

Data Intelligence

Digging Into Claims Data to Succeed Under Value-Based Payment

By Juliet Spector

A better understanding of claims data and, more specifically, the service and cost components in an episode of care, may well position providers to use and benefit from new payment models.

Finance at a Glance

Hospitals in Federal ACOs Versus Hospitals Not in ACOs

Hospitals in ACOs were more likely to be large, not-for-profit, urban, and teaching facilities than those not in ACOs.

Publication Date: Friday, February 28, 2014