Strategic Planning

Healthcare News of Note: Staffing shortages in hospitals and healthcare settings are ‘actively jeopardizing’ patient safety, says ECRI

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Staffing shortages top the list of patient safety concerns, nearly a third of surveyed nurses said they may leave their direct patient care jobs, and MA plans collected $12 billion more in 2020 than traditional Medicare.

Deborah Filipek March 28, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Americans living in rural areas face an increased risk of death, in part due to issues with healthcare access, says a new infographic

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Issues with healthcare access contribute to an increased risk of death for rural residents, many workers struggle to pay for healthcare deductibles, and hospital and physician office markups on certain drugs escalate consumer costs.

Deborah Filipek March 4, 2022

Federal government, American Hospital Association issue warnings and guidance about cybersecurity threats stemming from the conflict in Ukraine

The potentially heightened risk stems from the possibility both of being targeted directly and being impacted by malware that spreads from other sectors.

Nick Hut March 2, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Oracle’s $28.3 billion Cerner deal faces anti-competition scrutiny, and a pension fund sues Cerner for access to files related to the possible merger

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: The Oracle/Cerner deal is under scrutiny through March 16, minorities in rural areas live farther from hospital services than their white counterparts, and a study shows mental health services could benefit nursing students.

Deborah Filipek March 1, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Department of Justice files formal challenge to UnitedHealth Group’s proposed acquisition of Change Healthcare

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Hospitals react positively to news that the U.S. DoJ will challenge a proposed merger between UnitedHealth Group and Change Healthcare, $265 billion of care services could shift from traditional settings to the home by 2025, and a study says the level of community benefit provided by nonprofit hospitals is poorly aligned with the tax subsidy they receive.

Deborah Filipek February 25, 2022

Latest healthcare spending data paint a complicated picture of industry challenges and opportunities

Healthcare spending patterns during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic reflect an industry trying to get its bearings amid a public health emergency and daunting long-term trends.

Nick Hut January 31, 2022

Healthcare M&A update: A quiet 2021 could give way to strategic shifts in 2022

The year 2021 was one of the least busy on record for healthcare mergers and acquisitions, but volume should pick up in 2022.

Nick Hut January 24, 2022

4 essential tactics for sustaining an independent community hospital

Independent community hospital face threats to their survival, and they need to take deliberate action to address those threats in order to continue to deliver essential care cost effectively to their communities. Leading community hospitals that are committed to remaining independent share the tactics they have adopted to ensure their independence is sustainable

John Budd, MBA January 22, 2022

Home-based care is ripe for innovation and implementation post COVID-19

Despite the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic created for hospitals, it also created an opportunity for many important lessons learned on how care can be delivered more efficiently and cost effectively in patients’ homes.

Bonnie B. Blanchfield, CPA, ScD December 22, 2021

Ready for the moment: After her historic appointment as HFMA Chair, Tammie Jackson is eager to get to work on key healthcare issues

As the healthcare industry and the world at large increasingly focus on issues of social justice, Tammie Jackson on June 1 becomes the first Black person to serve as Chair in HFMA’s 75-year history.

Nick Hut December 13, 2021
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