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Overcoming outdated workforce models
With greater focus on outpatient care and, where possible, cost cutting, many facilities now are doing more than "paying lip service" to workforce management. more
The likelihood that healthcare organizations will take a financial hit as they transform from fee-for-service to value-based businesses is sure to... more
A newly released scorecard by the AARP Policy Institute, with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, ranks states on how well... more
Attitudes toward healthcare financing have been fairly conservative ever since the general economy collapsed with the stock market in 2008, but... more
As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those... more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending August 15,... more
For those who haven't heard yet of Theranos, take note because it may be a business disrupter of huge proportions. more
One decade after WellPoint Health Networks and Anthem merged into the nation's largest for-profit, publicly-traded Blue Cross company, the... more
Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital, but the hospitals' efforts have... more
The Affordable Care Act is boosting insurers and providers alike, but the long-term cost pressure means both have to adapt to new business models. more
When large hospitals and health systems buy or affiliate with smaller facilities, the deals can benefit both parties, but these deals may not work... more
The healthcare industry may be going through a period of uncertainty and tremendous transformation, but some CEOs of healthcare companies are... more
With the job market showing improvement, it might be time to re-evaluate if you are doing your utmost at keeping your best employees happy so they... more
Software is making supply chain automation a long hoped for reality and the biggest reason your hospital is likely to get on board is money. more
The ACA created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid... more
Healthcare systems have used value analysis since the 1990s, but the process is gaining more prominence amid the uncertainty created by healthcare... more
From a real estate perspective, the healthcare landscape is dramatically changing. The massive, monolithic structures that have come to represent the... more
As health systems and hospitals straddle the two worlds of volume and value, it’s tough to know what to do about upgrading revenue cycle management... more
Hospitals face the decision of leasing or buying equipment on a regular basis. Ultimately, whether to lease or buy comes down to a hospital’s... more
U.S. hospitals were already under pressure as a result of healthcare reform legislation and reduced reimbursements. Now declining patient volume is... more
For many larger healthcare organizations, group purchasing has yielded significant savings. Physician practices are also mulling whether or not they... more
As providers continue adjusting to the reimbursement changes wrought by the Affordable Care Act, it appears increasingly likely that hospitals will... more
A number of changes have affected the success of subrogation in the healthcare insurance setting – changes that financial executives need to be aware... more
Across the country, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are flooding the new insurance marketplaces with a range of plans, trying to protect... more
Of all the health organizations working as Medicaid managed care plans, some provider-based plans are seeing financial gains, sometimes in places... more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending August 8,... more
As payment moves to value-based models, telemedicine could become an important part of the hospital's financial future. One health system is... more
After more than a year of dispute over continuing a contract, insurer and new health system-owner Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical... more
Over the last two decades, patients with chronic and debilitating conditions like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer and immunodeficiency have... more
Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are making progress in its transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement models. more
No matter which healthcare CFO you ask, you will no doubt get the same response -- they spend the lion's share of their workweek in meetings. more
Craig Johnson has worked in the senior living industry for the past 20 years. What he has seen is a movement to put them in the "back 40... more
Walmart is taking another, bigger step into the U.S. healthcare system that could prove disruptive to legacy providers locally and nationally. more
There is encouraging news for defined-benefit pension plans in the U.S. not-for-profit health sector, but the multitude of variables at play means... more
There are aspects of technology that you, as a CFO, need to worry about-- but becoming unnecessarily absorbed in technical details might make you... more
Many questions remain on how specific details of the Affordable Care Act will be resolved, but one significant trend is clear: the shift toward risk... more
James E. Crissey watched the election returns closely on May 20. President and CEO of the Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga., Crissey... more
New research suggests that accountable care organizations should make payments to patient-centered medical homes or take other steps to support them... more
Healthcare finance professionals must better understand how value is delivered by frontline providers, and simultaneously offer providers business... more
Many small, rural hospitals have struggled financially in recent years. But one critical access facility in Nebraska has discovered a means to... more
Hospitals are one of the most expensive commercial structures to build, with median construction costs for mid- and large-sized facilities hovering... more
There are arguably more factors impacting the healthcare revenue cycle today than at any other time in history. more
Cost targets that haven't been achieved, quality metrics that stay put, write offs that won't go away … sound familiar? more
When a health system deepens its ties with local employers, everyone in the community benefits. more
One key to putting together strong financial projections for healthcare projects is taking time at the outset to consider the design. more
Hospitals confront extraordinary challenges in the aftermath of a natural disaster. more
The most eye-catching awards list of the year was announced mid-summer by healthcare staffing provider Soliant Health. more
Hospital ownership of physician practices appears to lead to statistically and economically significant increases in hospital prices and spending,... more
Historically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hasn't put a lot of emphasis on tracking costs in the hospice industry. more
In the rapidly changing healthcare environment, CFOs need to engage physicians or face the failure of some financial initiatives. more
Only about 44 percent of Medicare patients take advantage of their hospice benefit and, for those that do, the average length of stay in hospice is... more

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