This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles published by Becker's Hospital Review this past week that offer insight on hospital credit downgrades, costly Medicare Part D drugs and the tax-exempt status of several New Jersey hospitals.

1. Settlement split: CMS paid these hospitals nearly $1.5B to clear Medicare appeals backlog
A year after paying nearly $1.5 billion to 2,022 hospitals across the nation to help clear the backlog of Medicare appeals, CMS identified the hospitals who shared in the settlement.

2. 35 NJ hospitals sued over tax-exempt status
The tax-exempt status of 35 hospitals in New Jersey are uncertain due to a flurry of tax appeals filed in the state.

3. Top 10 costliest, most common Medicare Part D drugs
CMS ranked the top 10 most common drugs and the top 10 costliest drugs prescribed under Medicare Part D in 2014.

4. 4 questions with ProMedica CFO Michael Browning
Michael Browning is new to his position as CFO of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, starting the job Aug. 8. But with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare finance, he is not new to the industry.

5. 21 latest hospital credit downgrades
A roundup of hospital credit downgrades that occurred in the past three months.

More articles on healthcare finance:

OIG: Massachusetts home healthcare provider received $15.5M in Medicare overpayments
35 NJ hospitals sued over tax-exempt status
6 healthcare CFOs in the headlines

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