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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
340B Program success depends on the quality of self-auditing
Healthcare organizations participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program should self-audit of their compliance with the program to ensure its ongoing success and effectiveness.
Financial Sustainability Report: December 2020
The December 2020 Financial Sustainability Report, sponsored by Kaufmann Hall, examines hospitals’ and health systems’ growing imperative, driven by COVID-19, to pivot their OR strategy to the ambulatory care arena. Other content explores new initiatives focused on SDOH and new opportunities to reduce costs of physician credentialling through collaboration enabled by distributed ledger technology.
Determining cost of capital can be a tricky matter for not-for-profits
An important question for healthcare finance leaders is, “What is our cost of capital?” The answer to this question, however, is not at all straightforward and ultimately depends on context, with tax exemption possibly hanging in the balance.
3 ways hospitals need to pivot their OR strategy in the wake of COVID-19
To maintain OR procedural revenue in the years following COVID-19, hospitals and health systems require a new surgical services strategy led by physicians and characterized by a focus on ambulatory care, with a strong emphasis on improving the patient experience and overall OR process efficiency.