Today's Top 20 Health Finance StoriesRSS
  1. Are Americans really becoming savvy healthcare shoppers? 13 statistics

    Many healthcare organizations have begun taking steps to address the new age of consumerism in healthcare, in which current and prospective patients proactively seek quality and price information to better advise decisions on where to seek healthcare services. But is consumerism really on the rise? By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Fitch assigns 'A-' rating to Nebraska Methodist Health System's bonds: 3 things to know

    Fitch Ratings has assigned an "A-" rating to $231.7 million of series 2015 revenue bonds issued on behalf of Omaha-based Nebraska Methodist Health System.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of May 18-22

    The average cost per inpatient day across the nation and Pittsburgh-based UPMC's financial results captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

Patient safety, patient experience, and innovation demands mean that talent is more important than ever. Building a more efficient and effective approach to selecting the right candidates is one way for HR to make a direct contribution to the organization's broader goals and bottom line.
  1. Baptist Health net income falls 55% in Q2: 4 key points

    Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida reported net income of $36.1 million for the three months that ended March 31, down 55 percent from the comparable period last year, according to the system's recently released unaudited financial statement.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 10 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 -
  3. Moody's rates Community Health Network's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A2" long-term bond rating to Indianapolis-based Community Health Network's proposed $202.1 million of series 2015A fixed rate taxable hospital revenue bonds.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Feds cut Florida Low Income Pool program funding in half

    CMS has agreed to help fund Florida's Low Income Pool program for two more years. However, the federal government will be contributing far less money to the program than it has in the past.  By Ayla Ellison -

Beyond the math of bundles 

As more organizations begin to adapt to bundled payments as a new payment model, you may wonder, "Where do we start?" or "How do we design our bundled payments programs to be successful?”
  1. Cone Health operating income soars 128% in Q1

    Cone Health, a nonprofit health system based in Greensboro, N.C., reported its operating income jumped to $27.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, up from $12.2 million in the same period a year ago.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. OIG releases audit report for Saint Anthony's Medical Center: 3 findings

    St. Louis-based Saint Anthony's Medical Center failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for 53 of 262 inpatient and outpatient claims reviewed by HHS' Office of Inspector General during the audit period of 2011 and 2012, according to a recent OIG audit report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Penalties don't stop millions from ignoring health insurance signups

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandates, fines that are meant to motivate people who can afford to buy health insurance to enroll, may not be effective, according to The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Executive roundtable: Strategies for making the shift from fee-for-service

    There is a lot of talk about the shift to a value-based healthcare system, but in reality many healthcare organizations are still stuck in a fee-for-service world.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. New York City hospitals say additional $1B needed for Medicaid reform initiative

    Federal health officials believed an $8 billion cash infusion would be enough to overhaul how healthcare is delivered in New York's Medicaid program, but some New York City hospitals are saying more funds are needed, according to a Crain's New York Business report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Moody's downgrades Ingalls Health System's outlook to negative

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the"Baa1" rating assigned to approximately $62 million of series 2013 fixed rate revenue bonds issued on behalf of Ingalls Health System, a single-hospital system located in Harvey, Ill., and revised the system's outlook to negative from stable.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Leidos to purchase $100M in outstanding stock, Decision Resources Group acquires Healthcare Business Insights & more – 8 RCM company key notes

    Here are eight recent news updates from healthcare revenue cycle management companies.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Burgess Reimbursement System drives improvement at SummaCare: 4 things to know

    SummaCare, an Akron, Ohio-based provider-owned health plan, has seen positive results following the implementation of the Burgess Reimbursement System. Here are four things to know. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. Survey: America's underinsurance problem

    Nearly a quarter of insured adults' health plans may not offer enough coverage to cushion high out-of-pocket costs, according to new estimates from the Commonwealth Fund.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Healthcare costs exceed $24K for US family of 4 in 2015

    In 2015, the cost of healthcare for a typical American family of four receiving health insurance from an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan will increase by 6.3 percent or $1,456, resulting in a total cost of $24,671, according to the 2015 Milliman Medical Index. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. CBO director says it was 'common understanding' federal subsidies apply to all states

    Doug Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office during the time the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was being drafted, said Tuesday it was "common understanding" that subsidies for health insurance would be available to people in all states, according to The Hill. By Tamara Rosin -
  8. Moody's rates OhioHealth's bonds: 3 things to know

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa2" rating to Columbus-based OhioHealth's $281 million of proposed series 2015 fixed rate bonds.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Going green 101: No longer an elective for hospitals

    Making hospitals more environmentally friendly may have once seemed like a trendy notion or expensive luxury that would fall by the wayside, but that's not been the case.  By Shannon Barnet -