This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles published by Becker's Hospital Review this week that offer insight on hospital closures, surprise billing and more.

1. S&P issues stable outlook for nonprofit healthcare despite looming ACA repeal
S&P Global Ratings' outlook on the nonprofit healthcare sector is stable in 2017, despite the sector facing a likely repeal of the ACA.

2. 21 hospital closures in 2016
Hospitals across the nation face a myriad of challenges, including reimbursement cuts and dwindling inpatient volumes. These issues have caused many hospitals to close in recent years.

3. 20% of inpatient ED visits likely linked to surprise billing in 2014
One in five inpatient emergency department admissions likely resulted in a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider in 2014, a study published in Health Affairs found.

4. Drug companies to face fines for overcharging 340B hospitals: 4 things to know
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration finalized a rule that sets civil monetary penalties for drug manufacturers that overcharge healthcare organizations that are part of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

5. Survey: 70% of medical groups worried about MACRA implementation
Almost three-quarters of employed medical groups are concerned about implementation of the final Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act rule, according to The Advisory Board's survey of the Medical Group Strategy Council.

More articles on healthcare finance:

S&P issues stable outlook for nonprofit healthcare despite looming ACA repeal
Baptist Orange Hospital to close ER
Shuttered Texas hospital files for bankruptcy

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