This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles recently published by Becker's Hospital Review that offer insight on for-profit hospital operator stocks, surprise medical bills and more.

1. How Hurricane Florence may affect CHS, Tenet, HCA and LifePoint
Hurricane Florence could be a boon for companies that specialize in disaster-related services, but the Category 4 storm could temporarily hurt for-profit hospital operators' stock prices.

2. Healthcare organizations report highest investment return since 2013
Fifty-six nonprofit healthcare organizations reported a return on investable assets of 13.2 percent for 2017, up from the average 6.2 percent return reported for 2016, according to a Commonfund study for both years. 

3. Health systems made less money after ACA insurance coverage expansion, study finds
A majority of health systems experienced operating margin declines after ACA insurance coverage expansion, according to a Navigant study. 

4. Changes to federal law could curb surprise medical bills: 4 things to know
Surprise medical bills remain a prevalent problem in the U.S., but experts say there are multiple ways to potentially address the issue, including changing federal law.

5. Hospitals face $400M in annual cardiac device costs as Medicare rates lag, study finds
While the use of MRI-compatible cardiac devices has grown significantly in the past 18 months, Medicare continues to reimburse for the more expensive devices at rates standard for those noncompliant with MRIs, according to a report prepared by Vizient.

More articles on healthcare finance:

12 hospitals with strong finances
Cash-strapped California hospital to close ER Sept. 16
MU Health Care's annual revenue hits $1B for first time

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