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 Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model, out-of-pocket healthcare costs and more.

1. BPCI Advanced: 7 key dates, deadlines to remember
CMS announced the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model in January, and the application date for the voluntary bundled payment model is fast approaching.

2. 72% of medical groups oppose mandatory Medicare alternative payment models
Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of physicians in medical group practices oppose mandatory participation in Medicare alternative payment models, according to a recent Medical Group Management Association poll.

3. Analysis: Patients' out-of-pocket costs increased 11% last year
Patients continue to see rising out-of-pocket costs for their medical care, according to an analysis conducted by TransUnion Healthcare published March 5.

4. Moody's: Nonprofit hospital rating downgrades rose sharply in 2017
Despite a strong economy and low uninsured population, nonprofit hospital rating downgrades sharply outpaced upgrades throughout 2017, creating a downgrade-to-upgrade ratio of 3.4 to 1.0, which is more than double the 2016 ratio of 1.5 to 1.0, according to a report by Moody's Investors Service.

5. 73% of health system executives cite transition to risk-based care models as a top priority
While many health systems continue to move toward value-based care, they face various challenges along the way, according to a survey conducted by The Health Management Academy.

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CHS' shares plummet after reporting $2B loss
CommunityCare claims Oklahoma health system overbilled 34 patients by $400k

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