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Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ in Value-Based Contracts
Hospitals seeking to alter physician compensation to give them incentives to deliver value-oriented care can learn from peers that have pioneered such efforts.
By Bill Eggbeer, Kevin Sears, and Ken Homer


From the President's Desk

July 2015: From the President's Desk: The Future of Health Care   Expanding on thoughts in his August 2015 column in hfm, HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer talks about the future of health care.

HFMA Video Spotlight

Establishing Partnerships to Provide Value in Health Care
Grace Terrell, MD, CEO of Cornerstone Health Care, describes the approach health systems should take when seeking to establish partnerships that provide value. An HFMA video interview.


Early Edition

Hospital Staffing: a Three-Year Analysis of Financial, Operational, and Clinical Characteristics
Understanding the factors that directly influence hospital staffing will help finance managers make tough decisions about resource allocation in today’s highly competitive value-based healthcare market.
By Jeffrey R. Helton and Joseph S. Coyne

Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders in Healthcare Finance
As the CFO role changes with the times, so must professional development for those planning a career in healthcare finance.
By Charmaine Spence Rochester, Steven D. Berkshire, Asa B. Wilson, and Robert H. Houlihan


Features

Assessing the Value in Transactions Involving Multi-Provider Healthcare Networks
A health system’s efforts in deploying strategic network initiatives will be effective only if its leaders understand the unique factors affecting multi-provider networks.
By Jessica E. Stack, Stu Schaff, and Karin Chernoff Kaplan

How to Avoid “Death by Benchmarking”
A more thoughtful approach to work relative-value units may make for a more sustainable physician compensation plan.
By Dave Wofford and Darin Libby

Connecting the Dots: Using “Big Data” to Build an Efficient, Integrated Service Line
A hospital or health system can use data to optimize musculoskeletal care in a way that allows the service line to flourish.
By Dana Golberg, Robert Leonard, Sean McEnroe, and Jeff McDonald


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Focus Areas

Payment
Are Medicare Bundles in Your Future?
Questions posed in the FY16 inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule suggest Medicare bundles may expand beyond the current program.
By Chad Mulvany

Cost and Quality
Service-Line Analytics in the New Era
To succeed under the value-based business model, hospitals and health systems require effective service line analytics.
By Jay Spence and Dan Seargeant


Columns

From the Chair
Go Beyond and Manage Healthcare Value
The limits of a healthcare system that pays for volume are increasingly evident. It may not be easy or convenient, but it’s time for a change.
By Melinda S. Hancock, FHFMA, CPA

From the President
Resolving to Raise the Bar on Healthcare Price Transparency
Healthcare providers can demonstrate their respect for consumers by making it easier for them to access healthcare price information.
By Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA

From the Editor
Staying on Top of a Surging Wave of Healthcare Data
Rapidly increasing access to Big Data promises to inform, educate, innovate, and, in some cases, paralyze providers.
By Daniel R. Verdon

Integration
Market-Driven Health Care and the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of several trends that could accelerate the nation’s move toward a more responsive, market-driven healthcare system.
By Keith D. Moore and Dean C. Coddington

Healthcare Value
Improved Patient Safety with Value-Based Payment Models
The move to value-based payment models could mean improvements in patient safety.
By Janet M. Corrigan, Elliot Wakeam, Tejal K. Gandhi, and Lucian L. Leape

Healthcare Reform
New MSSP ACO rule: Practicing the Art of the Possible
In its final rule modifying the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pragmatically acquiesced to most major changes requested by provider organizations.
By Ken Perez

Capital Finance
Solving the Healthcare Real Estate Monetization Conundrum
Amid the financial challenges healthcare providers face in the current clinical environment, a bright spot for them is the value of healthcare real estate.
By Christopher R. Bodnar

Etcetera
A Love of Dance
A lifelong love of dance allowed one HFMA member to explore a range of movement while gaining a confident outlook.

Publication Date: Saturday, August 01, 2015