Operations Management

Honor Roll: HFMA awards certifications to 2,746 members between September and December 2022

HFMA offers eight certifications for members to validate their expertise and demonstrate their commitment to the profession. The HFMA certifications are as follows: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) – GCC, Certified Specialist Accounting & Finance (CSAF), Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI), Certified Specialist Physician Practice…

Deborah Filipek February 7, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Is a public health crisis looming for the generation born during the pandemic?

Infants born during the pandemic, regardless of maternal SARS-CoV-2 status, scored significantly lower on the gross motor, fine motor and personal-social subdomains of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, 3rd Edition when compared with a cohort born pre-pandemic at one hospital. Opioids were prescribed at discharge during fewer emergency department (ED) visits in 2019-20, compared with…

Deborah Filipek February 3, 2023

OIG describes how hospitals can use NPs to treat patients without violating the Anti-Kickback Statute

An advisory opinion from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) appears to give hospitals leeway to expand their use of nurse practitioners in specific situations without violating the Anti-Kickback Statute. OIG issued the opinion in December in response to an inquiry from an unnamed acute care hospital. The hospital was seeking clarification on whether…

Nick Hut February 1, 2023

How healthcare providers can break down barriers to effective data governance

Promoting improved data governance in the hospital and health system sector has become a just cause of sorts for Randy Albert, who serves as vice president of finance – operations and analytics at Maine-based Northern Light Health and is a member of HFMA’s Northern New England Chapter. “This is a topic that I’m incredibly passionate…

Nick Hut January 27, 2023

Susan Dentzer: How to design a national strategy to end the healthcare workforce crisis

Signs that the United States is in the midst of a healthcare workforce crisis are everywhere: More than 7,000 nurses returned to work in January at two major New York hospitals, having won commitments for higher staffing levels in settling a three-day strike. Physician groups, including many from America’s Physician Groups, report steep hurdles and…

Susan Dentzer, MS January 24, 2023

Hospitals face increased need amid pandemic to improve patient throughput

An acute care hospital cannot begin to be able to deliver cost-effective care if it lacks a fully coordinated approach for moving patients from admission to discharge. Lower admissions. Higher patient days. Longer-than-average length of stay (LOS) in acute care. These are among the significant challenges U.S. acute care hospitals face as a result of…

Brooke Balster January 24, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Nurses, doctors and pharmacists rank highest in Gallup’s latest ethics poll

Although nurses, medical doctors and pharmacists recently garnered the highest ethics rankings among 18 professions in a consumer poll, each group’s ratings have fallen over the past two years. There are now at least 15 private-equity-backed management companies that own orthopedic practices across the country. A substantial reduction in the odds of 30-day use of…

Deborah Filipek January 23, 2023

International member spotlight: Syed Mairajuddin Shah leveraged healthcare finance skills to enhance his operational leadership

Syed Mairajuddin Shah, MBBS, MCPS, MBA, CHFP, recently spoke with Betty Hintch, HFMA project manager and international enewsletter editor, about his work in healthcare quality and how he is using his recently attained HFMA certifications to further his goals. Shah is chief operating officer for the four secondary hospitals at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi,…

HFMA January 19, 2023

2023 Change and Strategy Research Report

HFMA, with sponsorship from Guidehouse, surveyed 182 health system CFOs, CEOs, and other executives to understand how staffing and patient volumes are expected to change in 2023, and how various market factors may be influencing strategy and goals.

HFMA January 18, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: How to prevent pediatric mental health revisits

A new study provides a better understanding of the trends and factors associated with an increase in pediatric mental health ED revisits. Black and brown skin tones are underrepresented in medical training and textbooks, which can lead to missed diagnoses and inequities in care. Dermatologists are doing what they can to address the issue. A…

Deborah Filipek January 13, 2023
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