This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles recently published by Becker's Hospital Review that offer insight on Medicare spending, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and more.

1. 10 hospitals with strong finances
A roundup of 10 hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions according to recent reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings.

2. CBO: Medicare spending growth slows slightly
Medicare spending grew 3 percent in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2017 — marking a slow in growth for one of the largest federal mandatory spending programs, according to the Congressional Budget Office's monthly budget review for August.

3. Survey: Few specialty practices prepared for MACRA
Many specialty physicians are increasingly learning about Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act requirements, but few are preparing their practices to fulfill them, according to a survey from West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Integra Connect.

4. 56% of federally qualified health centers report financial sustainability to be 'moderately or extremely challenging'
Federally qualified health centers, which serve tens of millions of U.S. patients, face a myriad of financial, leadership and competitive challenges amid the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, according to a survey from Sage Growth Partners, a Baltimore-based healthcare research, strategy and marketing firm.

5. Quorum finalizes deal to sell Illinois hospital, marking second divestiture this week
On Tuesday, Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health signed a definitive agreement to sell Vista Medical Center West, a 70-bed facility in Waukegan, Ill., to New York City-based US HealthVest. On Monday, the company signed a definitive agreement to sell 72-bed L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Ala., to the Health Care Authority of the City of Greenville – L.V. Stabler Hospital, a public corporation.

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