This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles recently published by Becker's Hospital Review that offer insight on the outlook for nonprofit hospitals, national health spending and more.

1. MedPAC votes to kill MIPS, recommends alternative program
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a federal group tasked to advise Congress on Medicare, voted 14-2 in favor of recommending Congress eliminate the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

2. S&P: Outlook is stable for nonprofit hospitals
S&P Global Ratings affirmed its stable outlook on the U.S. nonprofit healthcare sector for 2018.

3. Health spending up 30% since 2007 recession
National health spending in the year ending November 2017 was nearly $3.56 trillion, up 4.5 percent from the same period one year prior, according to an Altarum report.

4. How a Texas physician group's revenue cycle changes improved patient experience
Patients continue to demand an efficient and effective payment experience, and providers are looking for ways to meet patients' expectations.

5. Tax refunds drive out-of-pocket healthcare spending: 4 findings
Tax refund payments play a key role in determining when consumers spend money on healthcare, according to an analysis from JPMorgan Chase Institute.

More articles on healthcare finance:

CHS aims to shed at least 20 more hospitals to reduce debt load
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare's net income nearly doubles in Q1
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