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Financial Sustainability Report: March 2021

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Financial Sustainability Report: March 2021

The March Financial Sustainability Report, sponsored by Kaufman Hall, highlights significant changes in the nature of risk that hospitals and health systems face in the post-pandemic world, and how these organizations’ leaders should respond. Other articles explore key success factors in M&A initiatives and tactics for controlling variation in costs for surgical procedures.

Enterprise Risk

Rising risk due to COVID-19 requires a nimble response from health systems
By David Burik and Dennis Butts, Jr. 
The factors that define risk in healthcare have markedly changed with the pandemic, creating a need for healthcare executives to evaluate and update existing strategies and operations to address emerging areas of risk that previously had not commanded their attention.

Value-Based Payment

Health system leaders share top approaches for success under value-based payment
By Eric C. Reese, PhD
Three health system executives discuss the key factors that have contributed to their organizations’ long-standing success with value-based payment models.

Budgeting and Forecasting

How Scripps Health used demand modeling to prepare for the pandemic’s uncertainties
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By Dan Majka
Adopting rolling forecasting helped San Diego-based Scripps Heath prepare for the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic’s early days, and the health system has since made further refinements that have improved its ability to model future demand and guide decision-making.

Operations Management

Healthcare’s financial recovery after COVID-19 depends on data and evidence
By Dan Hermes, MBA, and John Cherf, MD, MPH, MBA
One of the greatest cost-savings opportunities for hospitals and health systems lies in controlling variation in costs for surgical procedures, a key area of focus for such an effort is the supply costs for such procedures.


Before pursuing a healthcare merger, you need to understand the process
Eric C. Reese, PhD
The drivers of today’s mergers and acquisitions differ significantly from what was driving M&A activity 20 years ago, says Anu Singh, managing director with Kaufman, Hall & Associates LLC. Read Singh’s insights into the key factors that will determine the M&A success in the post-COVID-19 world.

Patient Access

How revenue cycle teams can maintain effective patient financial services in a distanced world
By Craig Webster
Amid these challenging times of COVD-19, it is critical for revenue cycle leaders to educate themselves about best practices either created or refined during the pandemic to effectively promote patient financial engagement in today’s world of social distancing.

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