Finance and Business Strategy

Time to take a fresh look at affiliation options for physicians and health systems

As the healthcare marketplace continues to evolve, posing new challenges and creating new opportunities, so too will affiliation models continue evolve in ways that can best meet current and future needs of healthcare providers. In this environment, health systems and physician practices — both independent and employed — could benefit from taking a fresh look…

Matthew Bates January 27, 2023

Andrew Donahue: Why the nation could see major healthcare reform legislation soon

Don’t expect much healthcare reform from the 118th Congress. That’s what many pundits said after the mid-term elections, based on two common assumptions. 1 The administration had its shot. During the first two years of President Joe Biden’s first term, when Democrats controlled the White House, the Senate and the House, healthcare reform was mostly…

Andrew Donahue, MHA, CPA January 24, 2023

Hospitals face increased need amid pandemic to improve patient throughput

An acute care hospital cannot begin to be able to deliver cost-effective care if it lacks a fully coordinated approach for moving patients from admission to discharge. Lower admissions. Higher patient days. Longer-than-average length of stay (LOS) in acute care. These are among the significant challenges U.S. acute care hospitals face as a result of…

Brooke Balster January 24, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Nurses, doctors and pharmacists rank highest in Gallup’s latest ethics poll

Although nurses, medical doctors and pharmacists recently garnered the highest ethics rankings among 18 professions in a consumer poll, each group’s ratings have fallen over the past two years. There are now at least 15 private-equity-backed management companies that own orthopedic practices across the country. A substantial reduction in the odds of 30-day use of…

Deborah Filipek January 23, 2023

International member spotlight: Syed Mairajuddin Shah leveraged healthcare finance skills to enhance his operational leadership

Syed Mairajuddin Shah, MBBS, MCPS, MBA, CHFP, recently spoke with Betty Hintch, HFMA project manager and international enewsletter editor, about his work in healthcare quality and how he is using his recently attained HFMA certifications to further his goals. Shah is chief operating officer for the four secondary hospitals at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi,…

HFMA January 19, 2023

2023 Change and Strategy Research Report

HFMA, with sponsorship from Guidehouse, surveyed 182 health system CFOs, CEOs, and other executives to understand how staffing and patient volumes are expected to change in 2023, and how various market factors may be influencing strategy and goals.

HFMA January 18, 2023

How to use analytics and automation to build an intelligent A/R strategy

Health systems seeking to improve their accounts receivable function are turning to machine learning and AI to streamline patient interactions in ways that benefit the organizations and their patients. Read the challenges and benefits of using automation health system executives discuss in this roundtable.

HFMA January 18, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: How to prevent pediatric mental health revisits

A new study provides a better understanding of the trends and factors associated with an increase in pediatric mental health ED revisits. Black and brown skin tones are underrepresented in medical training and textbooks, which can lead to missed diagnoses and inequities in care. Dermatologists are doing what they can to address the issue. A…

Deborah Filipek January 13, 2023

Remedies for 340B underpayments remain up in the air after court declines to provide guidance

A federal court is allowing HHS to decide on remedies covering Medicare underpayments to hospitals for 340B drugs.

Nick Hut January 11, 2023

Labor costs and other concerns dampen the outlook for not-for-profit hospitals this year

Insights from a leading credit-rating agency illustrate the scope of the financial challenges facing not-for-profit hospitals in 2023.

Nick Hut January 10, 2023
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