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The Imperative of Alignment

April 11, 2014

The changes in healthcare delivery that hospitals and health systems seek in today's market cannot be accomplished without the cooperation of physicians. Conversely, many physicians find that they need relationships with hospitals to guarantee patient volume and income. Physician-hospital alignment is the phrase used to describe the ideal state of physicians in lockstep with strategic goals. But achieving alignment is complex. The trend of employing physicians continues, yet employment does not necessarily lead to integration. Whether employed or independent, and regardless of specialty, physicians must see value in collaborating with acute care hospitals. Executives and physician leaders need one another to counter declining reimbursements and the other challenges facing the industry. HealthLeaders Media recently joined with five executives for an in-depth, three-hour conversation on governance, compensation, culture change, and accountability. [Sponsored by MedSynergies]


Cost-Cutting, Efficiencies, and the Revenue Cycle

February 13, 2014

As healthcare margins tighten and cost-cutting takes center stage, professionally run healthcare organizations seek efficiency gains in their financial operations. Large cost-saving opportunities lie in the revenue cycle and vendor management. Financial officers must learn to work smarter with a range of vendors, contractors, and outsourcers; with payers; and with self-pay patients through revenue cycle and payment channels. From high-deductible health plans that cause bad debt problems to Recovery Audit Contractors to coding changes to medical necessity judgment, providers have to be sophisticated in order to get paid. Yet still-emerging models of payment offer the promise of improved finances and a better patient experience. HealthLeaders Media recently joined with five executives for an in-depth, three-hour conversation on tightening budgets, the difficulty of collecting at point of service, and readiness for the crucial shift to value-based reimbursement. [Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch]


Postacute Care and the Care Continuum

February 12, 2014

Hospitals and health systems increasingly must work with providers across the continuum of care to meet the demands of value-based purchasing, reduced reimbursements, new payment structures, and readmissions penalties. Postacute care is the subject of increased interest and focus because it holds the dual promise of improved clinical care and cost containment. Many healthcare providers are purchasing or partnering with a range of postacute facilities such as long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as home- and community-based services such as home health and hospice care. Important structural and financial questions remain to be resolved as well as the identification of partners that integrate postacute care plans across the care continuum. [Sponsored by Community Hospital Corporation]