Overcoming outdated workforce models August 21, 2014 | Chuck Green, Contributing Writer
Overcoming outdated workforce models
Hospitals rejuvenate with workforce management solutions
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
Letting go of the balance sheet August 20, 2014 | Stephanie Bouchard, Managing Editor
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Tips for CFOs to survive the transition to value
The likelihood that healthcare organizations will take a financial hit as they transform from fee-for-service to value-based businesses is sure to cause CFOs anxiety and panic. Here are some tips for letting go of the balance sheet. More
Capital climate heats up August 19, 2014 | John Andrews, Contributing writer
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Investment opportunities are increasing for strong organizations
Attitudes toward healthcare financing have been fairly conservative ever since the general economy collapsed with the stock market in 2008, but opportunities are opening up. More
Hospitals rethink charity care August 18, 2014 | Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News
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Some are scaling back charity offerings for those who didn't sign up for insurance through the exchanges
As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn't. More
WellPoint embraces Anthem brand August 15, 2014 | Anthony Brino, Contributing Editor
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Connecting with customers spurs the insurer to rebrand
One decade after WellPoint Health Networks and Anthem merged into the nation's largest for-profit, publicly-traded Blue Cross company, the insurer is changing its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. More
Squeezing out costs with data analytics August 14, 2014 | Joe Burns, Contributing Writer
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Decision support takes on new importance as hospitals seek cost control
When large hospitals and health systems buy or affiliate with smaller facilities, the deals can benefit both parties, but these deals may not work well if costs are out of control. More
Keys to keeping your employees happy August 13, 2014 | Rodney J. Moore, freelance journalist and author
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Retaining employees isn't just about money
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 don't go elsewhere. More
Determining the real value of supplies August 11, 2014 | Susan Kelly, Contributing Writer
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Value analysis addresses cost and other issues
Healthcare systems have used value analysis since the 1990s, but the process is gaining more prominence amid the uncertainty created by healthcare reform and other changes in the way hospitals are reimbursed. More
Catholic system bets on telemedicine August 08, 2014 | Kurt Ullman, Contributing Writer
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A first-of-its-kind virtual medical center has the potential to improve care and hospital revenues
As payment moves to value-based models, telemedicine could become an important part of the hospital's financial future. One health system is already planning on the financial benefits by creating a standalone virtual medical center. More
Walmart wades into provider territory August 07, 2014 | Anthony Brino, Contributing Editor
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The retailer opens six non-healthcare partnered primary care clinics and plans on opening more
Walmart is taking another, bigger step into the U.S. healthcare system that could prove disruptive to legacy providers locally and nationally. More
Today’s Headlines
A newly released scorecard by the AARP Policy Institute, with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, ranks states on how well each delivers long-term services and supports to... 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, 2014. More
For those who haven't heard yet of Theranos, take note because it may be a business disrupter of huge proportions. 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 set up a conflict with insurers. 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
The healthcare industry may be going through a period of uncertainty and tremendous transformation, but some CEOs of healthcare companies are expressing confidence in the future. More
 
Spotlight Revenue cycle readiness In case you missed them, here are our editors' picks of recent top revenue cycle stories. Readers say these provide key insights to help you maintain efficient revenue cycle processes.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Aggregated clinical data are essential to managing population health. But analyzing the financial health of various service lines is a complex undertaking. More
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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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