Preventing falls curbs costs and risk September 02, 2014 | Kurt Ullman, Contributing Writer
fall risk
A joint study demonstrated 62 percent improvement by participating hospitals
With an annual rate of 11,000 fatalities from falls in U.S. hospitals, falls are a persistent concern for healthcare facilities. They raise issues of care quality and are increasingly a financial issue. More
IRS rule impacts capital spending August 29, 2014 | Kurt Ullman, Contributing Writer
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Revisions to the MACR could result in as much as a 10 percent swing in taxes on some expenses
For-profit healthcare entities that haven't incorporated the changes to the MACR into their planning may want to schedule a meeting with their tax advisor soon since there is still time to take advantage of the rule in 2014. More
Record lows for nonprofit hospitals August 28, 2014 | Stephanie Bouchard, Managing Editor
declining earnings
The shift to outpatient services and less reimbursement from commercial payers plays a role
Nonprofit hospitals posted their second straight year of revenue declines in 2013 and their dismal rate of revenue growth broke records, according to a Moody's Investors Service report released this week. More
MedPAC suggests payment neutrality August 27, 2014 | Tammy Worth, Contributing Writer
U.S. Capitol
Providers remain open but with caveats
In its June report to Congress, MedPAC made recommendations that would change the way post-acute care providers are reimbursed. Reviews from providers are mixed. More
Spinning data into gold August 26, 2014 | David Weldon, Contributing Writer
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Data analysts are needed to turn information into action
Healthcare organizations are creating mountains of data and to tap that data's full potential, they need data analysts. More
Focusing on outpatient strategies August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Zaino, Contributing Writer
Home care outpatient setting
Greater efficiences and consumer demand are drivers
It wasn't all that long ago that most surgeries, and many medical and diagnostic procedures, required patients to plan for an inpatient hospital stay. But times have changed. More
'Breakthrough' labor deal causes stir August 22, 2014 | Tammy Worth, Contributing Writer
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This type of agreement is not likely to be adopted outside California
An agreement reached this past spring between the California Hospital Association and the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West has been deemed a "breakthrough" in labor relations. The contract, however, has also stirred up controversy between labor and hospitals. More
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
Today’s Headlines
The 340B program is critical for hospitals and other providers that serve some of our country's poorest and most vulnerable patients. When providers monitor compliance and track 340B drugs... More
A Mississippi health system and three hospitals in Texas, Indiana and Alabama are illustrating how hospitals can thrive in a tough economic environment. The facilities recently won awards for their... More
Healthcare organizations of all sizes continue to struggle with rapidly evolving models of population health-oriented reimbursement, according to a new report from Chilmark Research. More
The drought in California has everyone concerned that food prices will skyrocket, but so far, the impact of the severe weather has been low for most hospitals, and where felt, strategies have been... More
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending August 22, 2014. More
U.S. employers plan to continue offering health insurance plans to their employees, even in the face of rising healthcare costs and the availability of the exchanges. More