Healthcare Reform

Transitioning health systems to accepting more risk: Key steps to ensuring financial sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed many health systems’ interest in pursuing population health initiatives. Yet success with such initiatives will remain elusive if they do not address two common barriers to success: lack of aligned incentives and insufficient infrastructure.

Orry Jacobs, MBA June 24, 2021

Healthcare News of Note: More healthcare organizations mandating that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: COVID-19 vaccine mandates become more popular among healthcare organizations, hospitals continue to skirt price transparency rules, and healthcare workers get help in coping with trauma.

Deborah Filipek June 22, 2021

Medicare indirect medical education payments to teaching hospitals should be overhauled, MedPAC says

Although the proposals represent a significant change, most hospitals wouldn’t be projected to experience a large impact on their payments.

Nick Hut June 21, 2021

Supreme Court leaves Affordable Care Act intact, but stakeholders say healthcare reform still has a ways to go

Hospital advocates applauded a Supreme Court ruling June 17 that left the Affordable Care Act in place.

Nick Hut June 18, 2021

Hypersensitivities only serve to suppress honest equity conversations

The racial equity conversation needs to be had in this country, and even with hypersensitivity around the topic, HFMA’s Community DEI group is now having the conversation.

Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA June 8, 2021

Democratic congressional leaders ramp up efforts to craft a health insurance public option, generating hospital pushback

Leading Democrats in the House and Senate sent out a request for information to healthcare stakeholders, seeking input as they look to establish a public option for health insurance.

Nick Hut May 26, 2021

Healthcare News of Note: Hospital employment continues to decline despite an increase in jobs for the healthcare sector

A continuing drop in hospital job numbers, President Biden’s plans for the ACA and how COVID-19 affected stroke care during the pandemic are all topics covered in this week’s Healthcare News of Note.

Deborah Filipek May 7, 2021

Prospective CMS administrator’s confirmation hearing highlights Congress’s desire to expand telehealth coverage

In a confirmation hearing for prospective CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, various members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed their hope to implement a permanent expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage.

Nick Hut April 21, 2021

Healthcare News of Note: CMS offers new guidance on making healthcare price transparency information searchable

CMS guidance on making price transparency information searchable, a correlation between job loss and nurse suicides and using incentives to move hospitals away from just-in-time PPE inventories are all topics covered in this week’s Healthcare News of Note.

Deborah Filipek April 21, 2021

HFMA’s virtual Cost Effectiveness of Health Summit May 6-7 addresses the healthcare industry’s continuous spending growth and explores a more sustainable model

Healthcare leaders will begin collaborating on how to address the industry’s continuous spending growth and work toward a more sustainable future during HFMA's virtual Cost Effectiveness of Health Summit May 6-7.

Deborah Filipek April 14, 2021
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