5 must-reads for hospital CFOs this week

Here are five articles published on Becker's Hospital Review this past week that offer insight on EHR costs, high-deductible health plans and techniques nonprofit systems use to attract investors.

1. 9 health systems with strong finances
This article includes a roundup nine health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions based on recent reports from Moody's Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.

2. 8 hospitals' finances hurt by EHR costs
EHR implementations are getting larger, more comprehensive and, in turn, more expensive. Hospitals are increasingly adopting enterprisewide systems and implementing solution suites all at once instead of introducing modules individually. Alongside expanded EHR implementations are growing costs, with hospitals reporting investment numbers topping hundreds of millions of dollars.

3. Trinity Health, CHI and Baylor Scott & White freshen up their playbooks to attract investors
As major nonprofit health systems grow through mergers and acquisitions, they are starting to resemble big business in their interactions with investors.

4. Most physicians do not understand medical costs, study finds
Most physicians agree they have a responsibility to control costs, but more than a third don't know how much tests and procedures cost, and about one in three physicians say they do not consider costs while making medical decisions, according to a recent study from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

5. 21 statistics on high-deductible health plans
To help quantify the impact of increasing patient financial obligations on the business of healthcare, this article includes 21 statistics to know about high-deductible health plans.

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6 latest hospital bankruptcies, closures
South Dakota hospital set to lose Medicare funding over EMTALA violations
Halting 340B funding would force 73% of hospitals to cut staff, study finds

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