Research: Reducing the total cost of care
Have early experiments with value-based payment models reduced the total cost of care? How has industry consolidation affected the cost of care? These questions are addressed by this study, "What Is Driving Total Cost of Care? An Analysis of Factors Influencing Total Cost of Care in U.S. Healthcare Markets." It was conducted by HFMA in collaboration with Leavitt Partners and McManis Consulting, with support from the Commonwealth Fund.
Download the executive summary
Read the press release
Read an overview of the research findings
Explore HFMA's resources on reducing the total cost of care
What is driving total cost of care?
Research: Hospital mergers & acquisitions
In partnership with the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, HFMA conducted a study of more than 750 merger transactions between 2008 and 2014 to examine how M&A impacts a hospital's performance. After factoring in market and hospital characteristics, the research revealed that acquired hospitals, on average, experienced a post-transaction decline in operating margins, revenue, and expenses that typically lasted two years. Researchers identified eight strategies and business practices related to integration planning and execution that correlated with achievement of higher margins.
View a presentation of the research findings
Read HFMA's report, Acquisition and Affiliation Strategies
Read HFMA's environmental assessment on industry consolidation
Hospital M&A: When done well, M&A can achieve valuable outcomes
Studies conducted by HFMA
HFMA periodically coordinates in-depth studies with healthcare finance organizations and reports the findings. Discover what hospitals and health systems are thinking about labor trends, value-based payment, revenue cycle technology, and more.
HFMA key financial statistics & ratio medians
Use our collection of key hospital financial statistics and ratios—including operating margin, days in accounts receivable, and average length of stay—as benchmarks for your healthcare organization.