Strategic Planning

The 5 provider strategies to improve profit margins

Improving financial performance and operating margins has become one of the most pressing concerns for health system CEOs. To meet future margin targets, leaders will have to bring a new level of focus, resources and structure to achieve deeper cost reductions on a recurring basis. At the same time, this is critical to ensuring that…

HFMA September 13, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Unlocking new revenue streams is the healthcare industry’s top priority, while workforce issues are its top risk

Over the past few weeks, I have found these industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1. Introducing new revenue streams is the top priority for the healthcare sector, and talent acquisition/retention is its top risk, survey says More executives in healthcare (44%) selected “introducing new revenue streams” as their…

Deborah Filipek September 8, 2023

Hospitals are facing a long slog to return to pre-pandemic normalcy, panelists say

The logjam of patients who cannot be seen expeditiously at hospitals is becoming an entrenched problem with no imminent solutions, a CMS leader said this week. “The data tells us healthcare services, particularly for the Medicare population, have not come back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator and COO with CMS. “We’re…

Nick Hut April 21, 2023

Financial and operational pressures continue for hospitals amid some positive signs

New financial data for the hospital industry illustrate continuing challenges even as some trends improve. Fitch Ratings released an analysis in early March that offers scant reason for optimism. Titled “Early NFP Hospital Medians Show Expected Deterioration; Will Worsen,” it draws on data from hospitals with earlier 2022 financial year-ends. Those numbers show “materially weaker…

Nick Hut March 6, 2023

News Briefs: Healthcare industry disrupter CVS Health to shell out billions to buy Oak Street Health

A month after stating it hoped to gain a presence in primary care, CVS Health accomplished that goal with a massive deal that could fortify its efforts to advance value-based payment in healthcare. The proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of Oak Street Health, a provider of senior-focused primary care, adds to a portfolio of assets that…

Nick Hut February 28, 2023

Expanding its capacity to disrupt healthcare, CVS Health shells out billions to buy Oak Street Health

A month after stating it hoped to gain a presence in primary care, CVS Health accomplished that goal with a massive deal that could fortify its efforts to advance value-based payment in healthcare. The proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of Oak Street Health, a provider of senior-focused primary care, adds to a portfolio of assets that…

Nick Hut February 15, 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

Less can be more: New considerations for hospital and health system partnerships

A range of affiliation structures and contractual obligations that stop short of full integration can offer an attractive alternative for hospital and health system partnerships contending with difficult operating environments.

Courtney Midanek October 21, 2022

Why owning a health plan is a good provider strategy

The trend toward increased ownership of health plans by health systems shows no signs of slowing as health systems are increasingly recognizing the importance of having their primary focus be on health and health outcomes rather than on the number of visits or procedures. A health system leader describes the advantages of health plan ownership and strategic considerations for pursuing this approach.

Scott Nordlund October 21, 2022

Finance and IT Collaboration Survey Report

HFMA, with sponsorship by CereCore, surveyed 238 healthcare CFOs and finance executives to understand what healthcare finance professionals expect from their IT colleagues, how they currently collaborate and what improvements can be made.

HFMA October 19, 2022
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