News | Finance and Business Strategy
The three-hour virtual preview of the Annual Conference, including a look at the educational tracks, key speakers and other attractions, is available on-demand.
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Column | Finance and Business Strategy
Articles designated as "expert reviewed" in hfm must go through a rigorous vetting process to earn that label and be published in the magazine.
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Column | Finance and Business Strategy
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer offers a perspective on the implications of Haven’s dissolution for healthcare finance leaders.
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White Paper | Partnerships and Value
This paper explores the benefits and costs savings that can be achieved when healthcare providers form strategic relationships and create shared goals with their revenue cycle management vendors.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
The findings have implications as policymakers consider ways to curb healthcare prices.
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Blog | Community Benefit
A majority of hospitals make the required CHNA documents accessible, but many don’t include all the obligatory elements.
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Blog | Healthcare Business Trends
As COVID-19 hospitalizations increased, some volumes took a hit and margins remained tight.
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Column | Innovation and Disruption
There is a way for healthcare organizations to mitigate the risk, while still enjoying the benefits, of a successful innovation. Instead of developing innovative projects on their own, they may find fostering innovation in others brings rew...
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Article | Patient Experience
One company explains how technology solutions help improve patient experience, maximize revenue and eliminate efficiencies throughout the revenue cycle.
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Executive Roundtable | Strategic Planning
In this executive roundtable, a handful of revenue cycle and technology leaders review ROI, cybersecurity, employee engagement and more in healthcare finance.
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Article | Analytics
Many healthcare workers have considered leaving the field after the COVID-19 pandemic. One company provides details on how to motivate the qualified employees with more than just compensation, benefits and rewards.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
Hospitals and health systems can expect M&A reviews to become more rigorous after a recent White House executive order.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
June was a promising month in terms of hospital financial performance, but the delta variant of the coronavirus threatens to reverse many of the gains.
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Article | Healthcare Business Trends
Find out how health systems and organizations are expanding remote work, how to prepare for rising labor expenses and how some hospitals are testing creative solutions to address workforce shortages among other hospital labor trends now and...
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Blog | Enterprise Risk Management
Cyberattacks on NFP hospitals increased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic and show no signs of abating, Fitch says.
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How To | Capital Finance
Health system CFOs today should be actively guiding their organizations toward strategic investments in alternative revenue sources that can strengthen the bottom line. An effective and relatable metric for evaluating such investments is eq...
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News | Strategic Planning
At the 2021 Not-for-Profit Health Care Investor Conference, health system executives and industry thought leaders described how hospitals are evolving to meet the needs of communities.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be curtailing the volume of hospital merger-and-acquisition activity, but deal size has grown significantly.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
About 70% of physicians were employed by health systems or corporate entities such as private equity firms and health plans at the start of 2021.
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Column | Capital Finance
Capital reserve requirements for bond insurers have recently changed, making bond insurance once again a viable option for hospitals or health systems seeking credit enhancement on their fixed-rate debt issuance.
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News | Strategic Planning
Results of HFMA's Outlook Survey show that the healthcare industry is still coping with the challenges of COVID-19 but has started to adapt to a post-pandemic future.
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Blog | Healthcare Business Trends
The employment picture took a positive turn for hospitals in May after the sector experienced a net loss of jobs in each of the first four months of 2021.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
New types of provider-payer associations place an emphasis on increasing the value of healthcare rather than merely offering cost savings.
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Blog | Patient Experience
Findings from a new study may assuage concerns that low-value care is encouraged through the use of patient experience ratings in payment formulas.
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News | Population Health Management
By reducing wasteful spending, the U.S. healthcare industry would have an easier time funding some of the changes needed to support whole-person health, industry experts said at a conference on how to optimize healthcare financing.
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Column | Healthcare Business Trends
Most industry voices are predicting 2021 will be a financially challenging year for U.S. hospitals. But the outlook for some hospitals actually may be positive.
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Blog | Healthcare Business Trends
A monthly report on hospital finances showed that margins improved from March to April even though the COVID-19 pandemic remained a factor.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
During a recent Senate hearing, a hospital advocate responded to criticism of consolidation stemming from mergers among hospitals and hospital acquisitions of physician practices.
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Trend | Consumerism
The healthcare industry needs to make changes that emphasize the physician-consumer relationship and help people take charge of their own care, says the author of a new book.
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News | Strategic Planning
In a survey of hospital strategic planners, larger health systems were substantially more likely to report that their volumes had reached or exceeded pre-COVID-19 levels.
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How To | Physician Relationships
As part of a strategy to mitigate burnout and boost clinician well-being, interventions should be tailored to the specific needs of teams.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
Hospital M&A tracking firms reported low volumes in the first quarter of 2021 but also saw indications that the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic will drive higher levels of activity.
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Trendsetter | Analytics
Find out how one company helps healthcare organizations improve their workforce using a comprehensive assessment program to leverage real-time data and sophisticated analytics for insights on human capital and challenges.
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Executive Roundtable | Analytics
Financial leaders discuss how the pandemic has impacted revenue, volume and expenses, which has thus created a need for data and analytics.
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Column | Capital Finance
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many hospitals and health systems are finding they have excess liquidity levels on hand. As a result, they face a question of whether, and how, the should unwind their excess liquidity positions in favor of a more ...
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Trend | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
Leaders of hospitals and health systems whose organizations are embarking on a merger or acquisition should be prepared to avoid the many potential pitfalls associated with such an strategic venture.
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Podcast | Patient Experience
Matt Hocks from Sanford Health System describes his organization’s strategy for communicating with patients about the vaccination plan. Ken Baxter from Children’s Hospital of Orange County discusses the revenue cycle challenges of the pande...
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News | Social Determinants of Health
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including greater protections for healthcare workers, ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns and the lack of prioritization of the medically v...
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
Significant declines in inpatient admissions among rural hospitals that eventually close may be a consequence of affiliations with health systems.
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Blog | Healthcare Business Trends
Hospitals lost positions in February, but the biggest news in the latest batch of jobs data was a negative adjustment to January numbers.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including information on the likely confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary, which specialists are seeing an uptick in patients and l...
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Column | Healthcare Business Trends
Although many might have viewed the decision by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to shut down Haven, their ambitious joint venture, as a setback for Amazon, in particular, there is good reason to believe Amazon has not given u...
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Column | Innovation and Disruption
Effective breathing is known to promote good health, but our healthcare system has given relatively little attention to the concept of breathing therapy. COVID-19 has increased the need for a greater focus on this issue, and there are simpl...
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News | Innovation and Disruption
Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles, including the debut of a provider-led data platform, delayed care during the pandemic and the impact of the recent winter storm on Texas hosp...
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News | Population Health Management
The healthcare industry should implement specific policy and regulatory steps to bolster the public health infrastructure in preparation for future crises, according to a new set of expert recommendations.
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Blog | Healthcare Business Trends
January numbers form the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that hospitals and the healthcare industry lost jobs after several months of gains.
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Blog | Healthcare Business Trends
A new government report highlights the impact of rural hospital closures on communities.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
Hospital transactions in Q4 2020 were flat compared with Q4 2019, while healthcare IT and post-acute care deals rose significantly.
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Fact Sheet | Patient Experience
This infographic explores how healthcare organizations are expanding patient payment methods due to COVID-19 and the reason these new payment strategies are significant.
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Column | Patient Experience
Healthcare financial leaders can foster improved patient outcomes and well-being by advocating for an approach to healthcare that includes acknowledging the spiritual aspect of patients as human beings.
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Executive Perspective | Social Determinants of Health
Population health management expert Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, examines why the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more critical than ever for the U.S. providers to address the needs of people whose health and well-being are compromised by so...
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Trend | Social Determinants of Health
In recent years, public health and not-for-profit organizations have focused on addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and their impact on individuals’ wellness and ability to access healthcare services. Progress has been slow to d...
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Trendsetter | Healthcare Business Trends
Organizations should acknowledge and respond to existing and emerging trends as they navigate through the current public health crisis and also maintain longterm financial viability. Learn variations to successfully achieve innovation.
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Executive Roundtable | Capital Finance
Five revenue cycle leaders discuss financial strategies for healthcare organizations transitioning capital expenditures to operating expenditures.
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How To | Population Health Management
Healthcare organizations are bracing for a sicker 2021 patient populations due to pandemic-era disruptions in care, even as they scramble to prevent that outcome.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Read about the key factors that have shaped healthcare finance policy and practice.
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Column | Consumerism
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer offers a perspective on consumerism initiatives in this pandemic year.
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News | Innovation and Disruption
Nashville-based entrepreneur Marcus Whitney has launched a venture capital fund that will support Black-led healthcare business endeavors.
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Blog | Physician Relationships
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says if Congress passes another COVID-19 relief bill, which includes an additional PRF appropriation, it will address the PCP’s short-term financial issues, but will not solve staffing issues.
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Blog | Consumerism
Healthcare organizations that have increased availability of price estimates and facilitate clear conversations about the account resolution process anecdotally report improvements in self-pay collections and patient satisfaction, says HFMA...
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Read about the key factors that have shaped healthcare finance policy and practice.
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Column | Healthcare Business Trends
In the nation's current political climate and the prevailing partisan divide, healthcare is home to six issues where there is political common ground that could lead to bipartisan solutions.
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Article | Patient Experience
In response to patients’ poor billing experiences, one company is working with its healthcare partners to implement omnichannel communications to provide patients with a safe and convenient channel to pay for services in a method they prefe...
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Blog | Innovation and Disruption
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says this capability positions Dispatch Health as an ideal partner to Medicare Advantage plans or PCPs in risk-sharing models with MA plans, to reduce the total cost of care while maintaining high-quality outcomes.
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Research & Reports | Patient Experience
This report focuses on key takeaways of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on patient collections at healthcare facilities based on an HFMA online survey for Digital Annual Conference attendees.
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Blog | Physician Relationships
HFMA's Katie Gilfillan says healthcare finance and executive teams should appreciate having the oversight of where to invest dollars that builds a strategy toward a culture of health and well-being of physicians.
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Column | Consumerism
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer discusses the latest developments in the societal movement toward full price transparency in healthcare.
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Column | Healthcare Business Trends
The healthcare collaboration by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, announced in January 2018, has encountered challenges in the past two years that have caused it to fall short of initial expectations.
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Article | Patient Experience
As a provider, gain insight on how to look for a potential partner such as having ability to ensure patient satisfaction, understanding the revenue cycle and providing detailed reporting and analytics.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Read about the key factors that have shaped healthcare finance policy and practice.
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Column | Healthcare Business Trends
COVID-19 has accelerated the use of video in healthcare, but virtual interactions are not likely to completely replace in-person interactions. Nonetheless, the world of healthcare may never be the same as it was before the pandemic.
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Column | Healthcare Business Trends
Given the importance of finding a vaccine to stem the spread of COVID-19, more than 40 governments, including the U.S. federal government in a prominent role, are subsidizing the development efforts with enormous levels of funding.
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Blog | Innovation and Disruption
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says it’s not surprising that Aetna would use its Minute Clinics as the basis of a primary care network for lower-cost health plans.
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Blog | Innovation and Disruption
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says Walmart's partnership with Oak Street is due to Oak Street’s reputation for developing a patient-centric care model.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Read about the key factors that shaped healthcare finance policy and practice in August 2020.
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Column | Consumerism
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer offers a perspective on HFMA’s approach to price transparency vis-à-vis the upcoming CMS regulations on payment rate transparency.
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Column | Innovation and Disruption
Biohacking is an emerging concept in healthcare that may have value in enabling healthcare providers to better manage the costs of care.
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Blog | Innovation and Disruption
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says center of excellence models, similar to those the Cleveland Clinic partners with, select employers that have proven ability to reduce the total cost of care and improve outcomes.
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How To | Physician Compensation
An effective value-based compensation system for surgical specialists should not only account for the physician’s service, quality of care and financial performance, but also the extent to which the physician exhibits high standards of citi...
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News | Analytics
Karen Horgan, CEO of VAL Health, reviewed how healthcare finance professionals can use behavioral economics to get the outcomes they want from both patients and staff during an Aug. 14 session at HFMA's Digital Annual Conference.
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News | Analytics
Panelists at HFMA’s Digital Annual Conference in August explored how recent advances in data analytics are helping to improve the patient experience of care and advance consumerism in healthcare.
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News | Analytics
As part of HFMA’s Digital Annual Conference, leaders with Privia Health explained how they have applied a multistage process to optimize their data-reporting procedures and analytics platform.
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Q&A | Consumerism
The field of behavioral economics offers key insights for healthcare stakeholders, including how to promote positive patient behaviors.
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Column | Consumerism
HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer discusses patient financial experience lessons learned from dealing with COVID-19.
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Research & Reports | Innovation and Disruption
Important learnings from a May 2020 HFMA-conducted survey about the COVID-19 crisis and some of the trends healthcare organizations are seeing.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
Read about the key factors that shaped healthcare finance policy and practice June and July 2020.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
HFMA's Katie Gilfillan says the time may be right for a re-orientation of the healthcare system, where hospitals, physician groups and purchasers of care along with payment models are aligned to support a more patient-centric system.
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Article | Analytics
HFMA's Digital Annual Conference continues Aug. 12 and Aug. 14 with a focus on optimizing performance with the latest KPIs, using analytics strategies to lower cost and maximize revenue and using behavioral economics to engage patients.
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Blog | Consumerism
Given Congress is unlikely to provide a surprise bill fix prior to the election, Chad Mulvany suggests hospitals provide patients with HFMA's consumer guide on avoiding surprise bills to learn what questions to ask prior to any scheduled s...
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Blog | Consumerism
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says patients and consumers need information that’s relevant to their specific clinical situation and out-of-pocket costs for price and quality information to be meaningful.
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Blog | Consumerism
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says healthcare providers adherence to HFMA's medical accounts receivable resolution best practices can help them increase cash balance yields, avoid negative publicity and treat patients the right way.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
A culture of collaboration put Virtua Health on the right track for rapid recovery when COVID-19 interrupted integration efforts.
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News | Consumerism
Consumers struggle with finding, accessing and paying for healthcare, according to a study presented at HFMA's Digital Annual Conference.
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Blog | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says Walgreens could be well positioned with the right health plan partner to succeed in population-based payment models.
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News | Patient Experience
How a hospital used patient surveys to change and then monitor approaches to improve their financial experience.
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Blog | Innovation and Disruption
HFMA's Chad Mulvany says if Walmart applies its experience reducing healthcare costs for its associates to its new MA products, it will reduce utilization for healthcare services.
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News | Strategic Planning
Health systems have overcome the financial tumult of COVID-19 by being nimble, proactive and innovative, according to panelists at HFMA’s Digital Annual Conference.
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Q&A | Strategic Planning
A featured session at HFMA’s Digital Annual Conference on July 15 will examine how three health systems are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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News | Strategic Partnerships Mergers and Acquisitions
The number of hospital M&A deals in the spring of 2020 was little affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its severe financial effects.
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Podcast | Treasury and Cash Management
Venson Wallin and Richard Walker of BDO Consulting discuss cash: how to get it, how to keep it, and how to use it wisely.
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News | Strategic Planning
A hospital or health system should identify its financial persona as an initial step in developing strategies to diversify revenue and improve its margin, according to a presentation at HFMA’s Digital Annual Conference.
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News | Healthcare Business Trends
At HFMA’s Digital Annual Conference, an analyst with Moody’s described the ratings agency’s approach to assessing the outlook for the not-for-profit healthcare industry and individual organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Q&A | Strategic Planning
Healthcare providers that think creatively and synergistically can overcome the daunting financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and find exciting opportunities for growth.
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