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  1. 25 things to know about site-neutral payments

    The Medicare program currently pays significantly different rates for services provided in different settings, and site-neutral payments have been considered as one way of eliminating the payment gap. However, that option has proven to be a contentious issue.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 5 things to know about consumer-directed health plans

    Truven Health Analytics (Ann Arbor, Mich.) recently studied trends in healthcare costs and utilization patterns regarding consumer-directed health plans. By Erin Marshall -
  3. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of June 22-26

    All five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices rise last week.  By Kelly Gooch -

4 things the CFO needs to know

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In today’s ever-evolving healthcare environment, hospital CFO’s face a number of challenges including changing reimbursement levels, the transition to ICD-10 and trend of hospital consolidation among other factors. These add to the ongoing effort to drive cost savings and drive value creation for their hospital. However, an untapped area continues to lie within the Purchased Services space.
  1. Fitch affirms El Paso County Hospital District's bond rating

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "AA-" rating on El Paso (Texas) County Hospital District's bonds.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 81% of counties in California to offer immigrants healthcare

    The California County Medical Services Program, which provides healthcare coverage for indigent adults in 35 rural California counties, voted last Thursday to offer primary care to undocumented immigrants, according to the Los Angeles Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Record low growth in healthcare expenditures in 2013: 12 statistics

    CMS' National Health Statistics group estimated the national health expenditure in 2013 totaled $2.9 trillion, or $9,255 per capita, the American Medical Association reported. While this may sound like a big bill, healthcare expenditures grew just 3.6 percent — the lowest annual growth rate since 1961.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Software vendor Procura releases RCM services for the home care market

    Procura, a national software vendor based in San Francisco, has made its revenue cycle management solutions available to the entire home care marketplace.  By Carrie Pallardy -

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  1. CFOs: What modules are part of revenue cycle management? 13 statistics

    Revenue cycle management is a key function of any healthcare organization, but the definition of RCM can vary, depending on who you ask.   By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Moody’s affirms Sarasota County Hospital District’s bond rating: 3 things to know

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "A1" rating assigned to Sarasota County (Fla.) Public Hospital District's $200 million of outstanding bonds.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of June 22-26

    A list of things to know about healthcare costs captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Senate committee advances $153B bill that takes aim at PPACA

    The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a bill that will cut $3.6 billion in funding for HHS, the Labor Department and the Education Department, according to The Hill. The bill includes $14.5 billion less than President Obama's budget request.  By Emily Rappleye -
  1. 5 hospital CFOs in the headlines this week

    Here are five hospital and health system CFOs who were in the news this past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. S&P, Moody's say King v. Burwell has no credit impact on nonprofit hospitals

    Both Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and Moody's Investors Service released comments Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision on King v. Burwell, and both agree that the decision will not have any credit impact on nonprofit hospitals.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 8 recent hospital outlook and rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place during the past week, starting with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. CHS, Tenet, HCA, LifePoint and UHS shares surge after SCOTUS upholds subsidies

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell was good news for healthcare stocks.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Fitch assigns 'A-' rating to Lake Hospital System bonds

    Fitch Ratings has assigned an "A-" rating to approximately $72.3 million of bonds issued by County of Lake, Ohio on behalf of Lake Hospital System. By Erin Marshall -
  6. Moody’s upgrades LifeBridge Health and Carroll Hospital Center ratings

    Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the ratings of Baltimore-based LifeBridge Health's 2015A bonds to A1 and Westminster, Md.-based Carroll Hospital Center's fixed rate bonds to A1, affecting $493 million. By Erin Marshall -
  7. Outpatient volume shifts requires focus on supply chain

    In a recent blog post, Nexera's Vice President Perry Sham comments on healthcare's volume shifting to outpatients and how to stay on top of the shift by focusing on supply chain.  By Staff -
  8. Optum360 collaborates with Salucro to offer patient payment services

    Revenue management services company Optum360 has partnered with Salucro Healthcare Solutions to provide healthcare providers with patient payment services. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. Bolder Healthcare Solutions acquires RCM company ROI

    Bolder Healthcare Solutions, based in Louisville, Ky., has acquired The RIO Companies, based in Timonium, Md. By Carrie Pallardy -

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