January 2019Cover Story

Psychology and Behavioral Change Theory as Applied to Changing Revenue Cycle Payment Models
Healthcare providers should consider a retail-like payment experience for patients.
By Rajesh Voddiraju


Web Exclusives

Using Ambulatory Pricing Strategically to Protect and Grow Market Share 
An increasing regulatory focus on price transparency also is an impetus for hospitals and health systems to pursue ambulatory care pricing strategies aimed at growing market share.
By Craig Allan Ahrens, MHA, MBA, and Sarah G. Hull

Business Intelligence
Thoughtful Assessment: A Critical Gap in Business Intelligence
Internal business intelligence is essential for healthcare decision making.
By Erick McKesson and Phil Rogerson


Features

Hospitals Should Prepare for Industry Disruption by Empowered Consumers  
Investments in the patient experience, clinical quality, and overall financial performance can be mutually reinforcing strategies that help hospitals effectively deliver value-focused and patient-centered care.
By David Betts, MBA, and Andrea Balan-Cohen, PhD

New Approaches and Technologies for Improving Cost Performance in Health Care
One health system tackled their readmissions problem by identifying reasons for overstays.
By Kathleen Masiulis, Thomas Schaich, Louis Rossiter, and Jemmy Thomas

Creating PSAs That Promote a Meaningful Hospital-Physician Bond
Professional services agreements between hospitals and physicians should be structured to create integrated, binding relationships that support value-based strategies and creation of a high-performing provider networks.
By John Fink, MBA, and Kelly McFadden, MBA


Focus Area

Accounting
Patient-Level Costing and Profitability: Making It Work
Healthcare providers can use patient-level costing to obtain accurate costing information.
By Gary Cokins, Raef Lawson, PhD, CMA, CSCA, CPA, CFA, and Rob Tholemeier


Columns

From the Chair
Resolve to Collaborate in 2019    
Cross-professional partnerships can enhance healthcare organizations ability to achieve shared goals of improving the patient experience, reducing the cost of care, and improving population health.   
By Kevin Brennan, FHFMA, CPA

Eye on Washington        
Medicare's Move Toward Site-Neutral Payment 
A payment change in the OPPS final rule that aims to align payments made for services delivered in off-campus hospital outpatient departments with those made for services delivered in physician offices has raised considerable controversy. 
By Gail R. Wilensky, PhD

Healthcare Innovation
Winning Strategies to Transform Health Care in 2019 
Healthcare providers should keep certain best practices in mind when choosing new technology in 2019.
By Geoff Martin 

From the President            
Price Transparency: The View from Washington 
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer discusses implications of a new federal report that addresses price transparency.
By Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA     


Departments

News Watch: HFMA News Special
Using Talent Management to Drive Innovation
As finance departments are doing more with less, they begin to see how other organizations are evolving and seeing opportunities flourish as they progress themselves.   


Supplements

HFMA Executive Roundtable   
Aligning Value-Based Contracts for Better Performance        
A roundtable of senior financial leaders that offers strategies for evaluating, operationalizing, and aligning value-based contracts and care delivery work streams. 
Sponsored by Premier

HFMA Executive Roundtable 
Patient Engagement Strategies and Technologies that are Positively Impacting Value-Based Care Models   
A roundtable of senior healthcare leaders discussing patient engagement strategies and the technology that supports them.
Sponsored by Allscripts

HFMA Research Report     
Improving Patient Financial Engagement  
A research highlight that delves into key takeaways from a June 2018 HFMA member survey about patient payment perspectives and strategies. 
Sponsored by Parallon

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 01, 2019