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Vital Signs: Hospital mergers need to prove value and care coordination

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 29, 2016

Increasing cost transparency coupled with new value-based incentives to better coordinate care will pressure merger partners to return some of the benefits from economies of scale and shared purchasing to patients, said a new report by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Potential MACRA byproduct: physician consolidation

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 30, 2016

Doctor consolidation could become another consequence of physician and clinician reimbursement changes portended by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, a reimbursement expert told a healthcare finance conference this week.

Blog: Prescription for physician-administrator distrust

Blog: Prescription for physician-administrator distrust

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 28, 2016

The relationship between physicians and healthcare administrators “has never been more broken than it is today," CareMore Health System CEO Dr. Sachin Jain told healthcare administrators Tuesday at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference.

What CEOs really think about the dizzying pace of dealmaking

What CEOs really think about the dizzying pace of dealmaking

By Bob Herman  |  March 05, 2016

Hospitals and physician groups are consolidating, too, but most of the leaders on Modern Healthcare's Power Panel are more concerned about the financial impact of the pending health insurance megamergers.

Closer provider-insurer ties bring new challenges

Closer provider-insurer ties bring new challenges

By Joseph Conn  |  August 15, 2015

Increased collaboration between providers and payers is inevitable, but that doesn't mean the future financial interests of these oft-warring parties will align, say healthcare leaders surveyed in Modern Healthcare's third-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.

CFO raises reflect growing healthcare complexity

By Michael Sandler  |  August 15, 2015

The complicated financial restructurings that follow not-for-profit hospital consolidations are requiring more advanced skill sets among chief financial officers and are leading to sharply higher pay for them, experts say.

Hospital leaders strategize on competing in a retail market

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 18, 2015

Even though hospitals are getting some balance-sheet relief from an improving economy and insurance coverage expansion, they're struggling to adapt to high-deductible health plans, capitated contracts and value-based payment models.

High-deductible plans change how hospitals interact with patients

High-deductible plans change how hospitals interact with patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  June 24, 2015

High-deductible plans are changing everything from where patients get care to how healthcare providers present them with bills. But the dynamic varies depending on the circumstances of the patient and the details of the plan.

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