Financial Sustainability

Physician practices are facing operational and financial headwinds

A recent study finds that most performance measures of physician practices declined in 2020 relative to 2019 levels. The findings suggest reinforcing the physician performance improvement infrastructure should remain a priority for hospitals and health systems with employed physicians.

Jim Blake February 19, 2021

It’s all in the breath: An argument for improved outcomes and reduced costs in healthcare

Effective breathing is known to promote good health, but our healthcare system has given relatively little attention to the concept of breathing therapy. COVID-19 has increased the need for a greater focus on this issue, and there are simple steps healthcare organizations can take to address it.

Martin Bluth February 19, 2021

Navigating change: Implications of CMS’s 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

Changes to the CMS Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 require immediate deliberation by provider organizations with respect to how they will structure their physician compensation arrangements.

Patty Bohney, CVA, MBA February 19, 2021

Hospitals enjoy greater flexibility in compensating physicians for value-based care

New regulations effective Jan. 19, 2021, afford hospitals, providers of certain ancillary services and accountable care organizations they own significantly greater flexibility to compensate physicians for collaboration on value-based care initiatives.

Max Reynolds, JD February 19, 2021

Financial Sustainability Report: January 2021

The January Financial Sustainability Report, sponsored by Kaufman Hall, examines the recent expanded interest in hospital-at-home programs, and their potential benefits. It also includes insights on the critical impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on people already adversely affected by social determinants, and on the need to address administrative was in the healthcare caused by onerous prior authorization processes.

HFMA January 29, 2021

COVID-19 magnifies impact of SDOH on U.S. healthcare system

Population health management expert Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, examines why the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more critical than ever for the U.S. providers to address the needs of people whose health and well-being are compromised by social determinants of health.

Eric C. Reese, PhD January 25, 2021

‘Bidencare’: What’s achievable?

The new Biden administration could achieve either of two scenarios in the realm of health policy: One would involve bold changes to health policy, whereas the other, which is more likely, would involve less-ambitious reforms that can garner bipartisan support.

Ken Perez January 22, 2021

Real strategy for healthcare real estate

Hospital and health system leaders should devote the same level of strategic focus and analytical rigor to their organizations’ real estate as they apply elsewhere within the enterprise.

Matt Robbins, CFA January 22, 2021

Have hospital-at-home programs finally come of age?

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated interest in developing and expanding hospital-at-home programs. For healthcare organizations that are pursuing risk-based contracting with an APM, a hospital-at-home program offers the potential to improve care and reduce costs for a segment of the patient population.

M. Orry Jacobs January 22, 2021

Hospitals in the hot zone: Global insights from frontline physicians on meeting the COVID-19 surge

Three physicians from countries hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic share their experiences and perspectives from the pandemic's impact and the response required to prepare for rising numbers of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP, FRCPC January 19, 2021
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