California powerhouses join forces July 31, 2014 | Stephanie Bouchard, Managing Editor
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John Muir Health and UCSF Medical Center announce new company and ACO
The San Francisco Bay area is getting a new accountable care organization courtesy of the formation of a new company by two healthcare powerhouses in the region. More
Real-time tech for doctors saves money July 30, 2014 | Kurt Ullman, Contributing Writer
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The technology has the potential to cut costs and improve patient care
Putting technology in the hands of doctors that can provide real-time data can help cut costs, but such technology can be expensive for health systems. The question then becomes is it worth it economically? More
Hawaiian CFO digs deep to mine revenue July 29, 2014 | Mary Mosquera, Contributing Writer
Hilo Medical Center
Technology plays a big role in Hilo Medical Center's efforts to manage costs and extract more revenue
Money Atwal, who is both CFO and CIO at Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, shares with Healthcare Finance News how his organization is counteracting declining reimbursements and resources. More
Hospital pharmacies aid revenue cycle July 28, 2014 | Kurt Ullman, Contributing Writer
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With team work, hospital pharmacies can smooth the billing cycle
When it comes to speeding up the revenue cycle, the hospital pharmacy has its own part to play. More
Building a hospital culture of safety July 25, 2014 | Kayla Sutton, Contributing Writer
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There are actionable ways to improve quality, cut costs, and most importantly, keep patients safe across the continuum of care
Health systems are making strides to move care beyond the hospital walls and better connect patients with resources that can keep them healthy. It starts by identifying areas of risk and harm -- both inside and outside of care facilities. More
Scaling down the hospital July 24, 2014 | John Andrews, Contributing writer
hospital arcitecture
Gigantic mega-structures no longer in vogue
The massive, monolithic structures that have come to represent the acute care setting are becoming more stratified in smaller buildings across wider swaths of a community. More
Boosting revenue cycle with counselors July 23, 2014 | Tammy Worth, Contributing Writer
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Financial counselors can be developed from existing in-house staff
With patients paying more out-of-pocket costs and exchanges increasing the number of plans providers deal with, having financial counselors in a practice may become a necessity. More
Incentives change readmissions equation July 22, 2014 | Rodney J. Moore, freelance journalist and author
patient in hospital bed
But much work still needs to be done in the transition to value models
Hospitals are increasingly making reducing hospital-acquired infections and readmissions a priority -- and saving millions of dollars in the process -- but there are still gaps to be filled. More
Redesigning EDs for patient experience July 21, 2014 | Anthony Brino, Contributing Editor
Emergency Room exterior
In the new health economy, there is cost and quality pressure and also savvy patients who may Google a hospitals ED before coming in
At a time when emergency care is increasingly viewed as inconvenient, overcrowded and overpriced, and possibly losing ground to urgent care clinics, some health systems are trying to make their ERs a place where people actually want to go and spend their time and money. More
Objectives drive buy or lease decisions July 18, 2014 | Chuck Green, Contributing Writer
Calculator and spreadsheet
Often, hospitals opt to lease to free up capital for other priorities
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 objectives. More
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A Pennsylvania provider is suing a health insurance company for passing on its 2 percent reimbursement cut required by sequestration. More
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books and stethoscope
As Oregon transforms how it delivers care to 780,000 Medicaid patients, it hopes to generate better outcomes at lower costs. The problem for Oregon hospitals ... More
revenue management
As legacy revenue cycle systems struggle to keep up with constant regulatory changes, many hospitals are turning to next generation revenue cycle systems out of ... More
calculator, coins and stethoscope
Keeping a hospital's revenue cycle healthy while transitioning to outcome-based quality payments requires both a "hard" and "soft" approach. More
money crunch
Many not-for-profit hospitals are still struggling to align revenue with capital deployment and expenses, a challenge that may grow as patients come in covered by ... More
piggy bank and falling figures
Many hospitals are facing tough financial times, but for some, the finances just fall apart. What happens then? For many, what happens is bankruptcy. More
handshake with money
When it comes to patient collections at small, community hospitals, the process can be much the same as at larger hospitals around the country, with ... More
dollar bills
As a result of the push towards accountable care, increased patient census no longer translates to higher revenue for hospitals. Unless costs are managed internally, ... More
key unlocking dollar sign
Aggregated clinical data are essential to managing population health. But analyzing the financial health of various service lines is a complex undertaking. More
process change
Hospitals are educating their staff and reworking their processes to comply with Medicare's two-midnight rule, which will likely reduce hospital revenue by shifting patients from ... More
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