Deborah Filipek

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An HFMA podcast episode wins top overall award, and hfm magazine earns a gold for general excellence

An episode of HFMA’s “Voices in Healthcare Finance” podcast and hfm magazine were honored June 27 at the SIIA 43rd Annual AM&P Network EXCEL Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. In total, HFMA took home seven awards. The podcast episode, “How avoiding an awkward waiting room conversation can contribute to better health among transgender people,” earned the…

Array July 5, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Nearly half of Americans live in areas with inadequate access to mental health workers

Although nearly 50% of Americans live in a mental health workforce shortage area, there are steps that can increase the workforce and prevent burnout among these professionals. The two health insurance coverage trends responsible for driving an increase in medical debt are inadequate healthcare coverage and high-deductible health plans. Forty-four healthcare businesses are among 200…

Array June 23, 2023

HFMA Enterprise memberships drive engagement, retention, independent study finds

Organizational memberships drive employee engagement, provide clear career development paths and reduce turnover, according to results published in an independent study commissioned by HFMA. Adding to the benefits of association organizational memberships that offer training and education versus a similar individual membership are the cost savings of buying in bulk, which can reduce training costs…

Array June 21, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Economic burden of racial and ethnic health disparities in the U.S. grew by 41% in 4-year span

For individuals with less than a college degree in 2018, the total burden of education-related health disparities reached $978 billion, about two times greater than the annual growth rate of the U.S. economy. New research shows that using new technology and delegating specific tasks to other staff could help healthcare organizations address the nursing shortage.…

Array June 16, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: The top 5 reasons U.S. adults say the nation’s healthcare system fails to meet their needs

Nearly three-quarters of adults say the U.S. healthcare system is not meeting their needs in some way, with the length of time to get an appointment the No. 1 reason. The top benefit of using remote patient monitoring during cancer care is to keep the care team up to date on symptoms in between appointments,…

Array June 2, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: 3 factors increase the likelihood that a physician has been sued

Some46.8% of physicians over the age of 54 report they have been sued compared to 9.5% of physicians under the age of 40. The revenue cycle management segment accounted for the largest revenue share in the global healthcare finance solutions market in 2022. Greater representation of Black primary care physicians (PCPs) in the PCP workforce…

Array May 26, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: 5% of U.S. adults are forgoing healthcare due to transportation barriers

This blog share synopses of three stories for healthcare finance professionals, including Adults with transportation issues forgo needed healthcare and pediatric hospital admissions involving ICU care are increasing.

Array May 15, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: CVS finalizes purchases of Signify Health, Oak Street Health, moving into home healthcare and primary care

CVS Health has completed the acquisitions of Signify Health and Oak Street Health, expanding its efforts to implement a value-based payment ecosystem focused on holistic care. Chatbot responses to patient’s questions were preferred over physician responses, earning higher rankings from evaluators for both quality and empathy, according to a recent study. Increasing rates of depression,…

Array May 8, 2023

Honor Roll: HFMA certifications were awarded to 2,079 members January through March 2023

HFMA offers eight certifications for members to validate their expertise and demonstrate their commitment to the profession. The HFMA certifications are as follows: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) – GCC, Certified Specialist Accounting & Finance (CSAF), Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI), Certified Specialist Physician Practice…

Array May 1, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Healthcare private equity deals amounted to a strong $90B in 2022

In 2022, healthcare private equity deals reached nearly $90 billion, the second highest on record. Concerns about increased workloads, staffing shortages and burnout have been felt most acutely by less experienced nurses, according to a newly published study. Patients seeking care in safety-net clinics are accruing chronic diseases at high rates in middle age, indicating…

Array April 28, 2023