Finance and Business Strategy

The hospital labor picture could be improving, but a full financial recovery isn’t imminent

The financial and operational stress that has hampered hospitals may be easing in some ways, but probably not enough to qualify as a holiday gift for a beleaguered industry. Recent reports from credit-rating agencies have presented a mixed outlook. For example, Fitch Ratings released an analysis in December showing “incremental signs of improvement” in the staffing situation…

Nick Hut December 15, 2022

Survey: Understanding and mitigating risk in compensating physicians

Important learnings from a February 2020 HFMA-conducted survey about physician compensation, where healthcare organization leaders offer insights on the complexities of the process.

HFMA December 13, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health megamerger complete

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Atrium and Advocate Health close merger deal, CMS details expectations of hospitals in memo addressing workplace violence, and CMS plans to recoup $650 million in overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans.

Deborah Filipek December 12, 2022

3 primary areas of focus for effective financial planning

The year 2022 has been one of the most challenging in recent history for hospital and health system operating performance. The year-to-date median operating margin remained in negative territory at -0.3% as of the end of August, according to Kaufman Hall research.  Given the challenges, three key areas of financial planning are critically important in…

Markus Goodrich December 7, 2022

Bringing ESG principles to healthcare 

Hospitals and health systems that don’t prioritize environmental sustainability arguably fail to do right by their communities, but more and more also may face a problem of greater short-term urgency. Namely, their access to capital could be constrained as the investor community looks to apply ESG principles to assessments of risks and opportunities. “I just…

Nick Hut December 7, 2022

How healthcare organizations can defend against financial hazards in 2023

What are the most critical strategies to steer healthcare organizations in the direction of financial stability in the following year and beyond? A couple tips include reducing bad debt and accessing external benchmarks for supply pricing.

HFMA December 6, 2022

7 tips for successful M&A integrations

When companies go through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), how do leaders manage integrating teams and culture? Read through some tips from a health care transaction principle who assists health systems across the M&A life cycle.

HFMA December 6, 2022

Cloudmed, an R1 company, helps health systems get paid for the care they provide

Using one company’s AI platform, health systems will find uncovered funds that can be used to hire essential practitioners, build new facilities and fund outreach programs.

HFMA December 5, 2022

Healthcare M&A: Are you prepared for the pitfalls?

Leaders of hospitals and health systems whose organizations are embarking on a merger or acquisition should be prepared to avoid the many potential pitfalls associated with such an strategic venture.

Eric C. Reese, PhD December 2, 2022

Optimize the cost effectiveness of health through prioritizing the patient experience

Read up on various strategies from several health system executives, including taking full advantage of EHR, reducing expenses, improving patient experience and so forth.

HFMA December 1, 2022
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