Finance and Business Strategy

Experts forecast a busy year for healthcare M&A even with changes to regulatory oversight

A more exacting system for regulatory reviews is a factor in the short-term outlook for healthcare mergers and acquisitions. New M&A guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) add a wrinkle to the process of consummating deals, especially in the short term as the parties adjust to the…

Nick Hut January 4, 2024

2024 outlook: Hospitals can expect a steadier year financially, but key questions loom

Although the past year brought more stability for the not-for-profit hospital sector, analysts foresee 2024 as a pivotal period in determining the viability of individual organizations. Fitch Ratings continues to describe the sector’s outlook as “Deteriorating.” In a year-end report, the credit-rating agency said downgrades of hospitals and health systems in 2023 had outpaced upgrades…

Nick Hut December 22, 2023

HFMA strategy session highlights challenges and opportunities for healthcare finance leaders: payer relations, supply costs, AI and more

The legacy healthcare provider’s position in the industry could grow tenuous if leaders don’t respond boldly and strategically to ongoing trends, according to insights recently presented to HFMA leaders. “We’re at a crossroads right now,” Ashraf Shehata, principal and U.S. national sector leader for healthcare and life sciences with KPMG, said in November during a…

Nick Hut December 19, 2023

Measuring what matters to patients is key to hospital ROI

Despite the need to factor consumer behavior into health system business models, hospitals’ current operating model remains provider-centric, with performance metrics focused on transactions rather than the strength and durability of consumer relationships. At the same time, many organizations are hesitant to make investments in consumer-focused solutions for which the ROI is unclear. Through original…

Dan Clarin December 19, 2023

An extended year-end policy update with Nick Hut and Shawn Stack

HFMA Senior Editor Nick Hut and HFMA Policy Director Shawn Stack discuss the most pressing end-of-year issues for 2023.

Erika Grotto December 18, 2023

New data on national healthcare spending highlights the constraints facing hospitals

Recently published 2022 data indicates relatively restrained national healthcare spending as the COVID-19 pandemic faded, especially in the hospital sector. The increase in spending on hospital services slowed from 4.5% in 2021 to 2.2% in 2022, CMS actuaries reported Dec. 13 in Health Affairs. The increase was significantly less than in 2020 (6.2%) and the…

Nick Hut December 18, 2023

Using analytics effectively to drive margin improvement

Participants of an HFMA Executive Roundtable held June 27 discuss how healthcare providers are taking steps to encourage data sharing among units and create a single source of truth for operational and patient data.

HFMA December 12, 2023

Understanding the true cost to collect requires focusing on high-level KPIs

Revenue cycle management leaders from around the country share their perspectives on defining and maintaining a high-performance revenue cycle and the challenges they face in working to enhance revenue cycle management.

HFMA December 12, 2023

As healthcare defragments, payers grow stronger 

Two professional memories from the past two decades come to mind as I look to the horizon and try to see where this industry is headed, as all healthcare investors must do.   The first memory is of the constant refrain I heard from healthcare executives in Nashville, Tennessee, as I was learning the ropes of…

Marcus Whitney December 12, 2023

Deploying EPM in the cloud: 6 steps that drive value

Cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM) offers tremendous potential for health systems, but the ability to drive value depends on a thoughtful approach that puts as little pressure as possible on existing resources, both technological and human.

HFMA December 11, 2023
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