This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

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Here are five articles recently published by Becker's Hospital Review that offer insight on healthcare bankruptcies, bundled payment programs and more.

1. Healthcare bankruptcies more than triple in 2017
Regulatory changes, the rise of high-deductible health plans and advances in technology are a few of the factors that have taken a toll on healthcare companies' finances, and these challenges may lead many hospitals and other medical companies to restructure their debt or file for bankruptcy in the coming year.

2. CMS finalizes changes to bundled payment programs
CMS issued a final rule Thursday to officially cancel the hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment programs and rollback some mandatory requirements in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.

3. Ohio hospitals lose appeal in dispute over Medicare reimbursement: 6 things to know
A group of Ohio hospitals lost an appeal in their lawsuit against CMS challenging how the agency counts beds used for inpatient care for the purpose of calculating Medicare reimbursement.

4. Fitch: Rating downgrades will likely outweigh upgrades for US healthcare companies in 2018
U.S. healthcare companies will likely see more credit rating downgrades than upgrades in 2018, according to Fitch Ratings.

5. Most Americans with high-deductible health plans don't shop for care: 5 things to know
Few Americans with high-deductible health plans are comparing prices when accessing healthcare treatment, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

More articles on healthcare finance:

Colorado hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a child's ears
Trinity Health's operating income nearly doubles in most recent quarter
California hospital aims to reopen after ousting management company



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