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HFMA: Revenue Cycle, Reimbursements Share the Spotlight

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Executives attending the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual ANI conference know that maximizing revenue cycle efficiencies and forming new reimbursement relationships with payers may well be the keys to success in the decades ahead. >>>


Editor's Picks

HFMA: Patient Financial Interaction Guidelines Sharpened

Stakeholders, including representatives from the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Hospital Association, have drafted new best practices for providers to communicate with patients who are becoming increasingly responsible for a greater proportion of their healthcare costs. >>>

Healthcare Leaders Seek Strategic Sweet Spot

Hospitals and health systems are getting squeezed at both ends of the revenue spectrum. To survive they must effectively integrate a number of healthcare services and add value. But how? >>>

CareFirst Boasts $136M in Savings on PCMH

The Maryland health plan, 3,600 primary care providers-strong, says it has saved $136 million in projected healthcare costs over two years through its large-scale network of patient-centered medical homes. >>>

MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures

Primary care physicians have 3% of their total compensation based on quality measures, but doctors will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures, Medical Group Management Association data suggests. >>>

Physicians Shut Out of ACOs Seek to Merge Practices

Faced with few ACO options, physicians are increasingly considering merging their practices, which would enable them to reduce expenses and wield more clout in negotiations. >>>

Aggressive End-of-Life Care Easing in Hospitals

Dying patients are more likely to receive less intense medical care than in the recent past. The cost of that healthcare, however, provided by hospitals, physicians, and hospice, continues to rise, says a Dartmouth Atlas report. >>>

SCOTUS: Class Arbitration Upheld in Physician-Insurer Case

Class arbitration has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a dispute over payments to physicians by a health plan. >>>


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News Headlines

IRS scandals threaten funding for healthcare law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Associated Press, June 17, 2013

Hospital CEO bonuses reward volume and growth

Kaiser Health News / ABC News, June 17, 2013

Choice of health plans to vary sharply from state to state

The New York Times, June 17, 2013

Healthcare law's employer requirements / Associated Press, June 14, 2013

Healthcare price growth plummets to 1.1 percent

CBS Detroit, June 14, 2013

EMHS on budget as other ME hospitals struggle financially

Bangor Daily News, June 14, 2013

Doctor pay rises to $221K for primary care

Forbes, June 13, 2013

Obamacare shows hospital savings as patients make gains

Bloomberg, June 13, 2013

Did mismanagement or charity care cause Roseland Hospital's financial emergency?

Chicago Sun-Times, June 13, 2013

Healthcare's overlooked cost factor

The New York Times, June 12, 2013

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