5 most-read finance stories: Week of Dec. 8-12

The evolving CFO role, hospital bankruptcies and donations to healthcare organizations captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.

The following were among the most-viewed finance stories BeckersHospitalReview.com:

1. The evolving CFO role: 5 areas strategic financial leaders are spending their time
The role of financial leader is changing, with 52 percent of CFOs, including those from hospitals and health systems, spending more time on strategic issues.

2. Prime Healthcare plans to go public by 2017
Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services CEO Prem Reddy, MD, said the for-profit hospital operator plans for an initial public offering in two to three years.

3. CFOs cite layoffs as one way of offsetting healthcare costs next year
Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a majority of CFOs said they expect their labor costs to rise next year, with some financial leaders saying their companies plan to reduce their workforce to handle the increasing costs.

4. 11 healthcare industry bankruptcies in 2014
For many financially troubled healthcare organizations, 2014 has been a deciding year, with numerous organizations filing for bankruptcy protection this year.

5. 10 largest donations from individuals to healthcare organizations in 2014
This story covers 10 gifts, pledges and bequests from individuals to hospitals or health organizations within the past year.

More articles on healthcare finance:

Fitch: Health insurance rating outlook stable for 2015
Kindred proposes offering $1.35B in notes to fund Gentiva acquisition
HCA to buy back half of Bain's $1.13B stake in the hospital operator



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