This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles published by Becker's Hospital Review this week that offer insight on hospital mergers and acquisitions, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule and more. 

1. CMS releases MACRA final rule: 10 things to know
After a listening tour and nearly 4,000 public comments, CMS released the final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, a landmark payment system for Medicare physician fees that replaces the sustainable growth rate formula.

2. Moody's: Hospitals with higher quality of care have stronger operating cash flow margins
A recent analysis of CMS data by Moody's Investors Service shows the link between a hospital's value-based purchasing and patient experience scores and its financial results.

3. REIT-sponsored hospital deals continue to accelerate in 2016
Real estate investment trusts' investments in the hospital sector have substantially increased in the past few years, according to an Irving Levin Associates report.

4. 3 essential skills hospitals need in RCM leadership
The role of hospital and health system revenue cycle management leaders is evolving to encompass far more than billing and collections. These leaders are taking on more strategic roles that require a broader view of the revenue cycle.

5. Kaufman Hall: 2016 hospital M&A activity keeping pace with 2015
Kaufman Hall identified 77 hospital and health system transactions in the first three quarters of 2016, compared with 78 transactions announced in the same period of 2015.

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87% of CFOs say outcome of presidential election will affect future business growth
Experts share 3 tips for improving RCM
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