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Leverage Technology Investments to Fit New Payment Models

Jason Williams, Vice President, Business Analytics, RelayHealth, talks about what decision makers can do to effectively manage the crossover of clinical and financial data processes in the era of new payment...

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Top Leadership Teams: Leveling the Field
December 17, 2007
Brad King, CFO at Oregon Health & Science University, talks about how the hospital portion of the university faced potential closure 15 years ago and an unlevel competitive playing field with insurers.

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These Days, Nurses are Getting More Respect
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, December 3, 2007
Deborah Zastocki is CEO of Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, NJ, but for the purposes of this interview, I focused on her prior career as a registered nurse. I recently spoke with Deborah about a shift in thinking whereby healthcare executives are now seeing nurses not as overhead but as rainmakers. What that means is that given their greater interactive roles with patients, nurses will be increasingly important to the hospital's financial health as doctors do more work outside the hospital and nurses become the primary touchpoint for patients. Since nurses have more opportunities than ever before to influence quality, and since most people believe incremental gains in hospital reimbursement are beginning to hinge on quality measures, nurse morale and retention will be increasingly important.

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Listen: Reworking the Pension Plan at Moses Cone
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders News, November 12, 2007
A defined benefit pension plan can place a huge burden on hospital or health system finances. Many if not most hospitals still have such plans open to new hires, and those that don't still must manage the liabilities for the plan so that they can survive long-term to benefit current enrollees. So it's a cost uncertainty problem for most hospitals in an era where cost uncertainty can be a big liability. Elizabeth Ward, who's been CFO at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC, since 2001, had some work to do with the system's defined benefit pension plan over the past several years.

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A New (Old) Player in Healthcare Finance
August 17, 2007
Mike Gervais, CEO of the Philadelphia-based Gemino Healthcare Finance, talks about the shift away from the municipal bond market for some hospital funding needs, guesses on whether we're near the end of the era of cheap debt, and whether there's a need for another player in this field.

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