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Commercially insured scheduled admissions are the largest contributor to inpatient margins for the average US hospital. During the US recession (2009-2011), volumes in this segment declined. There were two primary drivers of this decline.

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Dual Causes

First, commercial insurance coverage decreased, stemming from unemployment and underemployment. This is expected to reverse and rebound as the economy recovers and as healthcare reform is implemented.

Second, even among those who retained coverage, utilization of inpatient services decreased as patients delayed or forewent elective and preventative care. This was influenced by a range of economic factors, including reduced household incomes, higher co-pays, and a reduced ability to leave work for medical care, as well as factor unrelated to the recession, such as a shift to outpatient management of disease.

More: Are Cost Estimates Leading To The Wrong Decisions in US Hospitals?

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It is unclear whether this second driver will diminish fully as the economy recovers. A slow recovery – or one that fails to see volumes to return to pre-recession levels – suggests that hospitals may need to refocus their strategies on service lines and segments that have historically been less attractive.

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An important component of hospital financial analysis is essentiality. Hospitals are unusual businesses that many times possess some form of essentiality to their communities. Healthcare is important to the economic vitality of every community. Many hospitals have served their communities for many years; it is not uncommon to find hospitals that have been continuously operating for more than 100 years in the same community.

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As we have discussed here and elsewhere, most hospitals are not-for-profit. In not-for-profit hospitals, no private party actually “owns” the hospital; control is vested in various boards, but no one explicitly “owns” a not-for-profit hospital. In a broad sense, communities own not-for-profit hospitals. They are considered “charities” with a “charitable purpose.” Though a not-for profit hospital may not have owners, it has many” stakeholders,” parties that have vested interests in the continuing success of the hospital.

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Many hospitals have broad and vast webs of stakeholders. Stakeholders are why hospitals rarely close or are shut down. Too many stakeholders have interests in the continuing successful operation of hospitals.

Hospital stakeholder relationships need to be considered in the analysis of essentiality. How strong are these relations? How many are there? How important is the continuing success of this hospital to these stakeholders?

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Analysis of hospital’s stakeholders and services should provide a credible view of the degree of essentiality associated with a hospital. Higher degrees of essentiality suggest higher likelihoods that hospitals, one way or another, will meet their commitments, particularly their payment commitments.

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I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Dave Marcinko and Hope Hetico since the launch of this Medical Executive-Post; 18 months ago. To watch its growth, and the momentum of their efforts and passion to share protean knowledge on behalf of the profession, serves as a personal beacon for me. And, our target market; medical executives, financial advisors and related management consultants seems to agree.

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When we launched this companion blog to our institutional, 2-volume, print journal, Healthcare Organization [Financial Management Strategies], the attainment of one thousand posts seemed a long way off. We were not even sure we would still be “in-business” today. We are, and with post number 1,010 – time sure does fly.

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A post is a unit of knowledge. Think: knol. Our goal for each post is to offer industry essays, insider columnists, interviews, definitions, case models, expert opinions, news, gossip and investigative reportage and comments; all in a moderated business forum ecosystem. New-wave is good; so is professional expertise, as well as a short and pithy writing style; so is leading-edge and next-generation information with “fly.” 

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As Managing Editor of a two volume – 1,200 pages – premium quarterly print journal, I am often asked about our Preface.

A Two-Volume Guide

As so, our hope is that Healthcare Organizations: [Financial Management Strategies] will shape the hospital management landscape by following three important principles.

What it is – How it works

1. First, we have assembled a world-class editorial advisory board and independent team of contributors and asked them to draw on their experience in economic thought leadership and managerial decision making in the healthcare industrial complex. Like many readers, each struggles mightily with the decreasing revenues, increasing costs, and high consumer expectations in today’s competitive healthcare marketplace. Yet, their practical experience and applied operating vision is a source of objective information, informed opinion, and crucial information for this manual and its quarterly updates.

2. Second, our writing style allows us to condense a great deal of information into each quarterly issue.  We integrate prose, applications and regulatory perspectives with real-world case models, as well as charts, tables, diagrams, sample contracts, and checklists.  The result is a comprehensive oeuvre of financial management and operation strategies, vital to all healthcare facility administrators, comptrollers, physician-executives, and consulting business advisors.

3. Third, as editors, we prefer engaged readers who demand compelling content. According to conventional wisdom, printed manuals like this one should be a relic of the past, from an era before instant messaging and high-speed connectivity. Our experience shows just the opposite.  Applied healthcare economics and management literature has grown exponentially in the past decade and the plethora of Internet information makes updates that sort through the clutter and provide strategic analysis all the more valuable. Oh, it should provide some personality and wit, too! Don’t forget, beneath the spreadsheets, profit and loss statements, and financial models are patients, colleagues and investors who depend on you.ho-journal9

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Rest assured, Healthcare Organizations: [Financial Management Strategies] will become an important peer-reviewed vehicle for the advancement of working knowledge and the dissemination of research information and best practices in our field. In the years ahead, we trust these principles will enhance utility and add value to your subscription. Most importantly, we hope to increase your return on investment [ROI] in some small increment.

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Our Print Mission Statement

[By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™]

Publisher-in-Chief

dem25As Editor-in-Chief of a two volume – 1,200 pages – premium quarterly print journal, I am often asked about our mission statement; or the journal’s raison d’etra.

A Two-Volume Guide

As so, Healthcare Organizations: [Financial Management Strategies], with its quarterly updates, will promote and integrate academic and applied research, and serve as a multi-disciplined communications forum for the dissemination of financial, managerial, business and related economic information to decision makers in hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, medical practices and all mature and emerging healthcare organizations. 

Target Market and Ideal Reader

Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strategies] and its quarterly updates should be in the hands of all:

* CFOs, CEOs, COOs, CTOs, VPs and CIOs from every type of hospital and healthcare organization including: public, federal, state, Veteran’s Administration and Indian Health Services hospitals; district, rural, long-term care and community hospitals; specialty, children’s and rehabilitation hospitals; diagnostic imaging centers and laboratories; private, religious-sponsored, and psychiatric institutions.

*  Physician Hospital Organizations, Management Services Organizations (MSOs), Independent Practice Associations (IPAs), Group Practices Without Walls (GPWWs), Integrated Delivery Systems (IDSs) and their administrators, comptrollers, cost accountants, budget directors, cash managers, auditors, healthcare attorneys and consultants,  and actuaries, and all endowment fund directors, executives, consultants and strategic financial managers.

*  Ambulatory care centers, hospices, and outpatient clinics; skilled nursing facilities, integrated networks and group practices; academic medical centers, nurses and physician executives; business school and health administration students, and all economic decision-makers and directors of allopathic, dental, podiatric and osteopathic healthcare organizations.

Assessment

After publication, my suggestion is to read, study and act upon the guide in this way:

1. First, browse through the entire text.

2. Next, slowly read those chapters and sections that are of specific interest to your professional efforts.

3. Then, extrapolate portions that can be implemented in specific strategies helpful to your healthcare setting.

4. Finally, use its’ ME-P updates as a reference manual to return to time and time again; and enjoy!

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According to MedicalNews, Inc and Lynne Jeter, the Medicare “Red-Flag” rules are set to take affect on May 1, 2009.

Three Categories

And, according to David Williams, CPA, FHFMA, a healthcare partner for HORNE in Jackson, Mississippi, the Red Flag guidelines for hospitals, clinics and medical practices can be broken down into three categories.


1. Red Flags that definitely apply to healthcare:

  • Documents provided for identification appear altered or forged.
  • Photographs or a physical description on file are not consistent with the appearance of the patient.
  • Other inconsistent information identifies the patient.
  • Inconsistent signatures are on file.
  • Patient forms or applications appear forged, altered, or destroyed and re-assembled.

2. Red Flags that may apply to healthcare:

  • Statements sent to the patient – or guarantor – that is returned as un-deliverable despite ongoing transactions on active records.

3. Red Flags that most likely do not apply to healthcare:

  • A fraud alert is included with a consumer report.
  • A consumer reporting agency provides notice of a credit freeze in response to a request for a consumer report, a notice of address discrepancy, and/or unusual credit activity.
  • Financial institutions and creditors use challenge questions that the person opening the covered account cannot answer with readily available information.
  • A request is made for new, additional or replacement cards or the addition of authorized users on the account shortly after a change of address request.
  • A new revolving credit account is used in a manner commonly associated with known patterns of fraud patterns.
  • The use of a covered account is inconsistent with established patterns of activity on the account.
  • There is unexplained usage of a covered account that has been inactive for a reasonably lengthy period of time.

Assessment

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atlanta-skylineWhat: An exclusive telephonic and email interview.

Who: Dr. David Edward Marcinko; FACFAS, MBA [Editor, administrator and health economist]

Topic: The recession and economy, hospital operations, and the Obama administration.

Where: The telephone and internet virtual ME-P ether.

Why: To forecast informed opinions and pontifications on the healthcare industrial complex.

Among the dilemmas in healthcare, we seek answers to queries like:

• When will the recession end, and how will it affect hospitals and physicians?
• What operations and organizational policies can hospitals pursue to survive?
• How will the Obama stimulus affect hospitals and healthcare organizations?

Now, in as much as this controversy affects patients, administrators, politicians, Wall Street, nurse-executives and physicians alike, we went right to the source for up-to-date information regarding this current topic.

Assessment

Get ready for this controversial [unedited] interview and Q-A session, with Dr. David Edward Marcinko; Publisher-in-Chief, of this ME-P.

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Reflections on a Tent Hospital

Thoughts on Pop-Up Healthcare Facilities

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; FACFAS, MBA, CMP™

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2009, it took Mark Ross about 22 minutes to inflate the hospital for the first time. Yesterday, he did it in 14 minutes. In the event of a large-scale emergency – a direct hit by a hurricane for example, or a plane in the Delaware River [Think Hudson River, NY]  – Ross and other volunteers can have the mobile hospital running anywhere in Southeastern Pennsylvania within two to four hours of the first alert.

The Valley Forge Experiment

The day before, on February 9, in Valley Forge PA, dozens of current and potential volunteers got to see three tan and white tents – and reams of equipment – for the first time. The $1 million cost was paid by state and federal governments. With a portable generator, 50 cots, 130 ventilators, 26 wireless cardiac monitors and 27 patient carts loaded with tongue depressors, eye shields and IV sets, the rapid-response team is intended to fill the 72- hour gap before federal emergency help arrives after a disaster.

Back-in-the-Day

Now, despite this Valley Forge innovation, mobile, semi-permanent and pop-up healthcare facilities are not a new machination in civilian life or non-warfare times. In fact, please allow me to tell you of my canvass tent-hospital experience, back in the late seventies.

My Tent Hospital

At the time, I was completing my training program as a senior attending resident [SAR], and surgical fellow. The “hospital” where I moonlighted was located in a sleepy town about 40 miles North of Atlanta, Ga. Driving there in my lime-green, oil-burning 1969 Chevrolet Impala with balding tires [retreads] was always novel experience.

As I recall history, the tent-hospital began as a private medical clinic in a three bedroom converted brick ranch-house that was the style in the late 1950s’-60s. It was the private practice of a solo practitioner-internist for his rural patients who lived on farms too far from the big city – or for patient’s who mistrusted the medical establishment. There were many. It grew quickly, from the days before Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, to modernity.

Think Cirque du Soleil

Expanding to a larger facility, with sparse economic resources, necessitated innovative thinking at the time. The hospital itself was a very large circular tent [bulls-eye configuration], built on semi-permanent concrete foundation with trampoline-like floor. The tent was shaped like a disc or sphere. In the center was an operating room for the visiting general surgeon. The next concentric layer was comprised of four rooms. The admissions, records department and triage room; a dirty-room with toilet; a clean room with bed and shower; and a kitchen with doctor/nurse station and lounge. The next third outer concentric layer consisted of about twelve patient “rooms”. The patients entered each room from the inner second layer, while the doctors and nurses opened a door-slot on the outer third layer for the introduction of food, information, gowns and equipment, visitor chit-chat and medications, etc. Each room was muck like a dungeon, jail or cell [Recall the Seinfeld episode where Kramer housed visiting Asians in his cabinet drawer or shelf]. The docs and nurses continually circulated the third outer “floor” layer, ministering to their respective patients. By the way; no staff nurse ever complained of tired feet, leg soreness or calf cramps because of the springy trampoline-like floor.

Not a TV MASH Unit

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This “hospital” was not like a military MASH unit, at all. It was definitely civilian in nature, purpose and construct:

Think: Army CASH unit; not MASH unit.

CASH = Combat Army Surgical Hospital [semi-permanent].

MASH = Mobile Army Surgical Hospital [ambulatory]  

My Experiences

During my summer working there, I managed a small part-time, two-room medical clinic with a singular nurse. We treated all sort of minor injuries and ills, cuts, scrapes; boils and blisters; aches and sprains; dog bites, bee stings and allergies, and simple closed extremity fractures, infections, etc. I even operated on a half-dozen patients under local anesthesia with conscious sedation. For the holidays, I received presents from several nurses and patients who remembered me from the previous summer.

New Facility

My “tent hospital” was in operation for almost two decades before the founding physician retired. The site was replaced by a publically funded, much larger and permanent “modern” facility, as the surrounding suburbs grew. The new Woodstock Hospital is now a short-term facility, with 21 beds, but is not yet rated by any hospital service agency because of statistically low volume requirements. It is a District Authority owned hospital facility.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the years 2005-2007. 

Assessment

Now, here’s the thing. My tent-hospitals’ claim-to-fame was that it, at the time of closure, was the only hospital in the State of Georgia to have never had a hospital acquired [nosocomial] or post-operative infection? To my knowledge, the feat has not been duplicated in this state. Of course, the new facility was not so fortunate. Increased medical acuity, treatment services and a different-mobile patient population was cited as the likely culprit.

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Future of Health Publishing and Business Journalism

Good Content and “Fly” Beats the Competition

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

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Last month, Steve Brawner [Steve Brawner Communications, a free-lance journalist for the Medical Business News, Inc., and the publisher of Medical News of Arkansas] contacted me to talk about hospitals, healthcare economics and the current financial dilemma in medical care. The interview will appear, as a special report, in April

But, after discussing answers to his top ten questions, we at the Institute of Medical Business Advisors, Inc www.MedicalBusinessAdvisors.com posited another interesting query. It was not on any particular subject area of our expertise, but aimed at us as electronic-publishers, reporters and health journalists.biz-book3 

The Future of Journalism

In other words, the question was:

“What do we think is the future business model for health journalism?”

Now, we’ve been mulling this thought over some time now, and our opinion goes something like this:

“We don’t – the old media is collapsing.”

And, while I don’t pity the likes of Chicago billionaire Sam Zell [the so-called “grave-dancer” for his penchant to buy distressed companies on the cheap and revitalize them for profit] – poor Sam – he was a very successful real-estate entrepreneur and the Chairman of Equity Group Investments. He thought this knowledge or luck was transferrable to the publishing industry, it wasn’t.

But, I do feel for distressed print newspapers like the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Chicago Tribune and especially the Baltimore Sun; as a native Balti-moron. I have both a favorite uncle, and older cousin, whose entire careers were spent in the print and ink business, there.

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New Media “Fly”

How has this happened? Well, Google destroyed the advertising model for most media, and blogs and social networks have democratized the commentary / opinion playing field to some greater / lesser extent. Think: Mark Zuckerberg [Facebook] of Harvard, whose parents are both physicians – incidentally Mark’s got “fly” – Zell does not. We got the electrons at the ME-P, but little cash.

The Problem

The problem is that not many “new” media outlets, like the Medical Executive-Post, can afford to take on the interesting part of publishing; which is paying real investigative journalists. Think: The Huffington Post. Something I would love to be able to do; as there’s lots of muck to be raked in health economics, finance, administration, health IT; as well as medically focused financial planning, Wall Street and related personal investing activities for doctors – an integrated oeuvre of topics to say the least.

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Our Own Investigative Reporter

About the closest we have to a true investigative reporter is Darrel K. Pruitt; DDS. And, although he is no Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein; he does occasionally do a good job. Think: William Mark Felt as FBI agent “deep-throat”.

Of course, as regular readers of the ME-P are aware, Darrell broke the dental profession’s [allegedly dufus] conspiracy with CCHIT [allegedly faux], and regularly reports on the folly of eHRs, eDRs, NPIs and eMRs. Think: citizen doctor journalist.  

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Assessment

But, when the ME-P gets financially solid enough to hire others, and put them into the mix of expertise, commentary and free-labor entrepreneur punditry we now have on the site; then there’ll be no need for the current newspapers [at least insofar as our covered topic channels are concerned]. Until then; we don’t know what the answer is, but it, like the economy, doesn’t look good for the print media space.

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This Time the Hospital Financial Crisis is Different

Oh Really … No so Fast!

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Dr. Malcolm T. MacEachern, Director of Hospital Activities for the American College of Surgeons, presciently observed that:

… Our hospitals are now involved in the worst financial crisis they have ever experienced. It is absolutely necessary to all of us to put our heads together and try to find some solution. If we are to have effective results we must have concerted and coordinated immediate action. … Repeated adjustments of expenses to income have been made. Never before has there been such a careful analysis of hospital accounting and study of financial policies. It is entirely possible for us to inaugurate improvements in business methods which will lead to greater ways and means of financing hospitals in the future … It is true that all hospitals have already trimmed their sales to better meet the financial conditions of their respective communities. This has been chiefly through economies of administration. There has been more or less universal reduction in personnel and salaries; many economies have been affected. Everything possible has been done to reduce expenditures but this has not been sufficient to bring about immediate relief in the majority of instances. The continuance of the present economic conditions will force hospitals generally to further action. The time has come when this problem must be given even greater thought, both from its community and from its national aspect…

Source:  Steinberg, C. Overview of the US Healthcare System; American Hospital Association 2003.

Many hospital CXOs, healthcare administrators and physician executives would agree that Dr. MacEachern accurately describes today’s healthcare funding environment. However, they might be startled to learn that Dr. MacEachern made these observations in 1932! There is the old truism that there is nothing new under the sun.

American Hospital Association Statistics

Healthcare statistics suggested that the financial crisis is much the same today as it was for hospitals during the Great Depression. The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) reported gloomy statistics for hospitals include:

  • In 2001, 29% of hospitals had negative total margins.
  • Approximately $101.3 billion of uncompensated care was provided between 1997 and 2001 with an average annual increase of 16% during that time period.
  • Emergency departments in 62% of all hospitals report operating at, or over, capacity.
  • Technology costs are soaring as traditional technologies such as X-Ray machines, for $175,000, are being replaced by contemporary technologies such as CAT Scanners at $1 million that are in turn being replaced by CT Functional Imaging with PET Scans costing $2.3 million. Even such a “simple” instrument as a scalpel that costs $20, is being replaced by equipment for electrocautery costing $12,000, that is then being replaced by harmonic scalpels costing $30,000.
  • Between 2000 and 2002, 33% of hospitals reported increases in liability premiums of more than 100%.
  • The average age of hospital plants has increased 21% from 7.9 years to 9.6 years in just one decade.
  • In the four years ending 2002, hospital bond downgrades have outpaced hospital bond upgrades by almost 5 to 1.

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dr-david-marcinko6According to the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper on March 2, 2009, the Cleveland Clinic is the newest top-tier player in Sin-City with an emerging health care system that will shake up the status quo, supposedly creating a multitude of direct and residual benefits for patients throughout the region.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

In its role as partner with the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the hospital — ranked fourth best nationally by U.S. News & World Report — is projected to influence medical care in Nevada on the strength of its immense organization. And, it is being designed by, none other than esteemed architect, Frank Gehry.

A Huge Project

And, if you believe numerous websites, the behemoth project will include office towers, a park, a 60-story tower for jewelry trading, a hotel conceived by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, thousands of apartments and a $360 million performing arts center. Of course, in typically flamboyant Gehry fashion, the highly embellished main facility is said to model curvy metallic shapes and “folds of the brain.” Other nescient drawings of the Ruvo Center show it divided in two sections. Offices and examination rooms will be housed in stacked rectangular blocks set slightly off kilter, like a fortress wall built by children.

The Architect

Gehry used this method to design his world famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1997) and his Peter B. Lewis Building for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2002. His style is well known.

Misplaced Priorities

But, with an estimated 40 million uninsured citizens, one only can wonder if this facility could have been built more cost effectively and/or more utilitarian?

Assessment

Moreover, some Clevelanders are grumbling about the clinic’s involvement in such a glamorous project far away, and imagine that the project will drain local resources just as sun-parched Western states have fantasized about tapping the Great Lakes.

Industry Indignation Index: 70

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dr-david-marcinko5More than a decade ago, in another career, I wrote a few articles for Richard L. Reece MD when he edited a print and emerging electronic trade publication for medical professionals. All very “fly”, at the time.

The Laborists

Now – according to Dr. Reece who cites the Boston Globe, in “The Birth of a Notion”, a Cape Cod and some other Massachusetts hospitals are hiring “laborists”; aka board-certified obstetricians to work regular shifts for the sole purpose of delivering babies.

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New Causitive Drivers

What drives these new-wave specialists? The answer, of course, is the next-generation of physicians and their emerging new medical business and practice models. Much like my 12 year old daughter, it is a way of professionally breaking away from past generations, and asserting some independence and leadership. And, as Martha Stewart might say; “that’s a good thing.”

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But, according to Reece, the real drivers are a combination of other things – the desire of doctors for regular hours, the shortage of specialists, physician burnout, the search for a safer hospital environment, the need for consistent, immediately available physician services, fear of dreaded malpractice suits, and consolidation of hospital-physicians services due to regulatory and economic pressures; etc.

Blended Generations

Dick is correct, of course, because it is not uncommon today to have three generations represented in healthcare. We have the Baby-boomers, Gen X and now, Gen Y. The Baby Boomer generation is saying with some sense of sadness that, “Medicine sure isn’t want it used to be!”, while Generation Xers are saying “It’s about time things changed!”, and the latest generation to enter the medical workforce, Gen Y’s, are saying “Ready or not, we’re here”.

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The Leadership Evolution

Each generation is extraordinarily complex, bringing various skills, expertise and expectations to the modern medical work environment. Determining the best method to unite such diverse thinking is one of the many challenges faced by physician executives and healthcare leaders. Is it any wonder that many medical leaders and executive in the Baby Boomer generation find themselves at a loss? The days of functional leadership are gone and suddenly, no one cares about the expertise of the Baby Boomers or how they climbed the corporate ladder, in medicine or elsewhere. Leadership in the era of Health 2.0 is no longer about command-control or dictating with intense focus on the bottom line; it is about collaboration, empowerment and communication. And, it is not about titles and nomenclature.

cmpLinguistic Evolution

As the linguistic evolution of terms progresses, the nomenclature of hospitalist was followed by that of intensivist, proceduralist, nocturalists, in-situ physician and even weekendalists. Think I’m kidding?

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Assessment

I still like the causative analogy of my pre-teen daughter; it’s much simpler to understand. What do you think?  

References

1. Wachter, R and Goldman, R: “The Emerging Role of ‘Hospitalists’ in the American Health System’. In, New England Journal of Medicine; 335, 514-517, 1996

2. Kowalczyk, L: The Birth of a Notion: Hospitals Turning to Laborarists. Boston Globe, February 23, 2009

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About Our Newest Thought-Leader

By Ann Miller; RN, MHAcap-and-gown

Douglas B. Sherlock CFA is President of Sherlock Company which assists health plans, their business partners and their investors in the treasury and control functions of finance.

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Prior to the founding of Sherlock Company, Mr. Sherlock was Vice President of Financial Analysis of U.S. Healthcare, Inc. where he directed the company’s merger and joint venture activity, its investor relations program and its HMO product for Medicare beneficiaries. Sherlock was formerly Vice President of Salomon Brothers, Inc where he specialized in the financial research of prepaid health plans and hospital systems, and assisted in the capital formation and merger activities of health care companies. He was the Greenwich Survey First Place HMO Analyst and a runner-up in the Institutional Investor polls. 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Mr. Sherlock is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has been a member of the Financial Accounting Policy Committee of the CFA Institute. He has served on the Editorial Board of Inquiry, a journal of health care organization, provision and financing published by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and is a reviewer for Chartered Financial Analyst. He has been a member of the Financial Accounting Policy Committee. Sherlock is a frequent speaker before health care groups including the American Association of Health Plans, the HealthCare Financial Management Association, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The research of Sherlock Company has recently been cited in such periodicals as The New York Times, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Modern Healthcare, Hospitals, The Wall Street Journal, HMO Managers Letter, Business Week and The Medical Business Journal.

Educational Background

Mr. Sherlock holds an M.B.A. in finance from Loyola College in Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Aggressive Debt Collectors Take to the Web

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Thousands of patients face crippling debt to hospitals and healthcare systems across the country; even though they may have qualified for free care.

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Yale-New Haven Health System

Now, the Yale-New Haven Health System, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Bridgeport Hospitals are pursuing aggressive debt-collection practices—including liens, wage garnishments and foreclosures—even though they have millions of dollars set aside for free care for patients who can’t pay. Others have colossal endowments as well, and often pay their CEOs handsomely.

Assessment

But, according to their website, the Hospital Debt Justice Project is only fighting for fair treatment and accountability from our community hospitals.

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Industry Indignation Index: 85

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All Medical Executive-Post readers and subscribers are aware of the Federal False Claims Act. Since 1986, False Claims Act [FCA] judgments and settlements totaled over $20 billion dollars. 

Of Miscreants and Feasors

According to outside unverified resources, below are the top 20 alleged FCA recoveries to date. Notice that all twenty, of the top 20, are healthcare and big Pharma related.

The Top 20

  1. Tenet Heath Care – $900,000,000
  2. HCA – $731,400,000
  3. Merck – $650,000
  4. HCA – $631,000,000
  5. Serono – $567,000,000
  6. Taketa Abbott Pharmaceutical Products Inc – $559,483,560
  7. Schering Plough – $255,000,000
  8. Abbott Labs – $400,000,000
  9. Fresenius Medical Care (National Medical Care) – $385,000,000
  10. Cephalon – $375,000,000
  11. Bristol Myers Squib – $328,000,000
  12. SmithKline Beecham [DBA] GlaxoSmith Kline – $325,000,000
  13. HealthSouth – $325,000,000
  14. National Medical Enterprises – $324,200,000
  15. Gambro Healthcare – $310,000,000
  16. Schering-Plough – $292,969,482
  17. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals – $266,127,844
  18. St. Barnabas Hospitals – $265,000,000
  19. Bayer Corporation – $257,200,000
  20. Schering Plough – $255,000,000

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Assessment

The above are the very companies that doctors, patients and many stakeholders rely upon. They bombard us every hour with TV advertisements and information on the latest drugs and newest procedures. They often promote cures for the exaggerated illnesses and nebulous ailments they seek to treat. Is this expense model just business-as-usual; or the cost-of-doing business?

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OK; let’s get this right out into the open. Although I did a little reconstructive bone and traumatic joint surgery in my career, I am not a cardio-vascular surgeon, nor am I a cardiologist, or even a nephrologist. But, I did treat more than my share of diabetic, alcoholic or other patients on renal dialysis and was well aware of the immense contributions of Willem Kolff to the profession. Therefore, I was saddened to learn of his recent passing at age 97. You see, Dr. Kolff not only developed the well known blood cleansing process that is now portable; he was also originator of the artificial-heart.

About Willem Johan Kolff; MD

When Willem Johan Kolff began work on the artificial kidney, few believed it possible. To draw a patient’s blood, cleanse it of toxins and return it seemed beyond the expertise of the most sophisticated medical centers. In the beginning, Dr. Kolff had no resources to draw upon. He was the sole internist in a small-town hospital, in the middle of the occupied Netherlands, during wartime. Materials were in short supply. The first 15 patients to receive the treatment failed to recover, but Dr. Kolff persevered. The dialysis treatment he pioneered and since perfected saved the lives, and limbs, of hundreds of thousands of patients, all over the world.

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Assessment

Dr. Kolff went on to design the heart-lung machine that made open-heart surgery possible. He pioneered artificial eyes, ears and arms, and for 25 years led the effort to develop the artificial heart. In 1982, a heart designed under his supervision was successfully implanted in Barney Clark, an event that captured the imagination of the world. All this was accomplished before such medical media stars as Dr. Robert Jarvik [Kolff’s student at the University of Utah in 1971] were lauded on TV, and then ignominiously dissed, for never having actually practiced medicine on real patients. In fact, Jarvik never pursued a medical internship, is not licensed to practice and can’t legally prescribe. Just imagine that!

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I wrote a bit about hospital cafeteria plans in an earlier blog post.

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Now, any hospital, or other employee given the opportunity to participate in a cafeteria plan should consider the following important two elections; health and dependent care.

Healthcare [Working Spouse]

If the employee is married and has a spouse who also works, and the employer-provided health benefits are better under the spouse’s plan, then the employee should elect to be covered by the spouse’s plan and choose another nontaxable benefit or a cash benefit that would be taxable under his or her own cafeteria plan, such as dependent-care coverage or group term insurance coverage. Switching health insurance requires planning to eliminate potential gaps in coverage created by insurance enrollment criteria. If the employee does not need the salary or cafeteria-plan benefits to meet current expenses, he or she should consider contributing the cash to a 401(k) plan and defer the tax liability.

Healthcare [Non-Working Souse]

If the employee has no working spouse and the employee’s plan is the only source for certain health benefits, the employee should consider what type of benefits he or she really needs for his or her family. In other words, can the employee get the necessary benefits under the company plan cheaper than he or she could individually, after taking into account that individual coverage will be paid with after-tax dollars, whereas under a cafeteria plan such benefits can be paid with before-tax dollars?

For example, if an employee who is in the 30% tax bracket is provided a $6,000 plan by her employer. He or she would have to be able to get a comparable plan independently for only  $3,741 to be in the same position on an after-tax basis. ($6,000 minus income taxes of $1,800 = $4,200, $4,200  minus $459 of avoided FICA

Dependent-Care

An employee who has a choice of including dependent-care costs may be entitled to an income-tax credit for such expenses if, the employer does not reimburse them. Thus, if a credit is worth the same or more than the payment under the cafeteria plan, the employee may choose to contribute those dollars toward additional health or life insurance.

Assessment

There is no doubt why healthcare and dependent care are the two most important cafeteria plan election determinants that clients seek in our advisory practice. The issues are that vital to all employees.

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According to Robert James Cimasi; MHA, CMP™ of Health Capital Consultants LLC in St. Louis, MO; the definition of a hospital’s “market” is often nebulous.

Ambiguous Terms

Some entities are defined by terms as ambiguous as “acute care inpatient hospitals,” “specialty hospitals,” or “anchor hospitals.” This ambiguity occurs because healthcare is increasingly provided on an outpatient basis, and general acute care inpatient hospitals face competition from a range of allied healthcare providers for the medical services they deliver.

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US Supreme Court Explains

For example, none other than the US Supreme Court has explained that the determination of relevant hospital product and geographic markets is “a necessary predicate” to deciding whether a hospital merger contravenes the Clayton Act (antitrust).

Assessment

For additional information, please see United States v. Marine Ban Corporation Inc., 418 U.S. 602, 618 (1974) (citing United States v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., 353 U.S. 586, 593 (1957); Brown Shoe Co. v. United States, 370 U.S. 294, 324 (1962).

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Hospital Financial Capital Capacity

An Economic Risk Measurement

By Calvin Weise; MBA, CPAho-journal5

Hospital capital capacity is all about risk.

A Risk Measurement

Since capital investments have risks associated with them, capital capacity is a measurement of how much risk a hospital can bear. Capital capacity is not simple to determine. Capital investments introduce varying levels of risk, depending on the relative uncertainty of the benefits to be derived.

For example, one million dollars invested in an MRI at a hospital that has a two-month backlog for scheduling MRIs has much lower risk than $1 million invested in a new service like a PET scanner.

Profit Margins

Profit margins affect capital capacity. Larger profit margins create larger capacity for uncertainty which implies more risk and that means more capital capacity. Higher liquidity means more capital capacity. Lower debt leverage means more capital capacity. Liquidity and leverage are balance sheet ratios. Both imply capacity to absorb uncertain outcomes; both affect capital capacity.

Capital Determinations

Determining capital capacity is more art than science because of the variability in risk presented by various capital investments and the subjectivity associated with trying to measure that uncertainty.

That having been said, it is important to build models that estimate capital capacity. Most capital capacity models ignore the variability in risk presented by capital investments. They are typically built from published rating agency financial ratio medians. These models are based on the view that financial ratios of similar rating categories represent equivalent risks.

Of course, this is a simplistic view as it suggests that credit analysts simply categorize risk on the basis of financial ratios. It is not the case as the recent financial meltdown has demonstrated. Even the major credit rating agencies have been implicated as suspect; of late

Assessment

Published medians are the result of credit analysis, not the basis for credit analysis. Importantly, what is not usually published is the range or distribution around these medians. Models that estimate risk need to differentiate among risks presented by capital investments. Capital investments with little risk should consume less capital capacity than capital investments with a lot of risk.

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And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. How does your practice, medical clinic or hospital measure and report capital risk; does it?

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1. World Class Advisory Board

First, we have assembled a world-class editorial advisory board and independent team of contributors and asked them to draw on their experience in economic thought leadership and managerial decision making in the healthcare industrial complex. Like many readers, each struggles mightily with the decreasing revenues, increasing costs, and high consumer expectations in today’s competitive healthcare marketplace.  Yet, their practical experience and applied operating vision is a source of objective information, informed opinion, and crucial information for this manual and its quarterly updates.

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Second, our writing style allows us to condense a great deal of information into each quarterly issue.  We integrate prose, applications and regulatory perspectives with real-world case models, as well as charts, tables, diagrams, sample contracts, and checklists.  The result is a comprehensive oeuvre of financial management and operation strategies, vital to all healthcare facility administrators, comptrollers, physician-executives, and consulting business advisors.

3. Compelling Content

Third, as editors, we prefer engaged readers who demand compelling content. According to conventional wisdom, printed manuals like this one should be a relic of the past, from an era before instant messaging and high-speed connectivity. Our experience shows just the opposite. Applied healthcare economics and management literature has grown exponentially in the past decade and the plethora of Internet information makes updates that sort through the clutter and provide strategic analysis all the more valuable. Oh, it should provide some personality and wit, too! Don’t forget, beneath the spreadsheets, profit and loss statements, and financial models are patients, colleagues and investors who depend on you.

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Rest assured, Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strategies] will become an important peer-reviewed vehicle for the advancement of working knowledge and the dissemination of research information and best practices in our field. In the years ahead, we trust these principles will enhance utility and add value to both your print and this e-companion subscription.

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As reported in Modern Physician Online, by Dan Bowman, new metadata coming from the federal government suggests that the current financial meltdown and domestic recession has impacted hospital and physician charges, as implicated by their revenues.

USBLS on Physician Charges

According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics [USBLS], retail prices charged by doctors rose 2.9 percent in 2008, compared with 4.1 percent the year before. Wholesale prices for physicians were up 1.2 percent last year, compared with 4 percent in 2007.

USBLS on Hospital Charges

Hospitals meanwhile, were up 5.9 percent in 2008, compared with 8.3 percent the year before. Wholesale prices for hospital services, for their part, were up 1.5 percent last year, falling from a 3.8 percent increase in 2007.

Assessment

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It is critical to understand and to measure the total cost of capital. Lack of understanding and appreciation of the total cost of capital is widespread, particularly among not-for-profit hospital executives.

Capital Structure Defined

The capital structure includes long-term debt and equity; total capital is the sum of these two. Each of these components has cost associated with it. For the long-term debt portion, this cost is explicit: it is the interest rate plus associated costs of placement and servicing. For the equity portion, the cost is not explicit and is widely misunderstood.

Capital Structure of Hospitals

In many cases, hospital capital structures include significant amounts of equity that has accumulated over many years of favorable operations. Too many physician and healthcare executives wrongly attribute zero cost to the equity portion of their capital structure. Although it is correct that generally accepted accounting principles continue to assign a zero cost to equity, there is opportunity cost associated with equity that needs to be considered. This cost is the opportunity available to utilize that capital in alternative ways.

Cost of Capital

In general, the cost attributed to equity is the return expected by the equity markets on hospital equity. This can be observed by evaluating the equity prices of hospital companies whose equity is traded on public stock exchanges. Usually the equity prices will imply cost of equity in the range of 10% to 14%; at least prior to the recent Wall Street meltdown.

Cost of Equity Exceeds Long-Term Debt

Almost always, the cost of equity implied by hospital equity prices traded on public stock exchanges will substantially exceed the cost of long-term debt. Thus, while many hospital executives will view the cost of equity to be substantially less than the cost of debt (i.e., to be zero), in nearly all cases, the appropriate cost of equity will be substantially greater than the cost of debt.

Weighted Average Cost of Capital

Hospitals need to measure their weighted average cost of capital. WACC is the cost of long-term debt multiplied by the ratio of long-term debt to total capital plus the cost of equity multiplied by the ratio of equity to total capital (where total capital is the sum of long-term debt and equity).

Hospital

Assessment

WACC is then used as the basis for capital charges associated with all capital investments. Capital investments should be expected to generate positive returns after applying this capital charge based on the WACC.

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Weighted Role of Commercial Health Insurance

Understanding Disproportional Influence

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA,

ho-journal4Most domestic health care is paid for by some type of insurance, whether private or governmental. Most private health insurance is purchased through employers who, to a great degree, make most of the buying decisions. Employer coalitions have emerged but, in general, most command leverage on price rather than quality or value. This often leaves healthcare providers as the only advocates for the quality, choice and access concerns of consumers.

Business Impact

According to Robert James Cimasi, writing and opining in the print journal: Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strateges] www.HealthCareFinancials.com, despite the fact that businesses bear less of the total U.S. healthcare premium dollar (approximately 25%) than government or individuals; corporate buyers and their coalitions and associations have asserted substantial, if disproportionate, influence over healthcare companies.

Best Community Interest Debate

Whether or not this is necessarily always in the best interests of consumers or the community at large is a matter of heated debate. What is generally acknowledged is that the relative bargaining position of buyers and providers in a given market has a dramatic impact on healthcare provider financial performance.

Healthcare is Different

Much like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s different-rich; keep in mind that healthcare differs in several respects from other industry sectors, in that:

  • There is more than one class of buyers: there are patients, families (proxies), insurance companies, and employers, each with different objectives.
  • The single largest payer, the government, both dictates a large portion of the healthcare pricing structure and strongly influences the rest.
  • There is a crucial divide or (“disconnect”) between consumer and payer.
  • A lack of information regarding consumer needs and quality of providers impedes the purchasers of health insurance from selecting the optimal plan.

Assessment

Of course, the impact of the Obama administration on this topic has yet to be seen. 

Conclusion

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Hospital Industry Summary

Statistical Results for 2007
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In 2006, 52.4% of the 4,956 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals in the U.S. were affiliated with medical healthcare systems [MHSs], up from 51.8% of the 4,911 in 2005. Some other statistics are:

  • The average number of hospital days per 1,000 members of HMOs not owned by MHSs grew 6.6% in 2006, to 302.2 from 283.6 in 2005, the fifth consecutive annual increase.
  • In 2006, total hospital outpatient revenue was $103.6 million, up 9.9% from $94.3 million in 2005. As a consequence, the outpatient revenue percentage of total hospital revenue increased to 38.1% from 37.4% the prior year.
  • The average number of prescriptions dispensed to non-Medicare members of MHS-owned HMOs decreased slightly in 2006, to 8.5 from 8.7 the previous year.
  • Between 2005 (11,485.8) and 2006 (11,292.9), the average number of admissions fell at hospitals in MHSs that owned HMOs, the first such decline in this measure since 2001 (9,799.7).
  • Between 2005 and 2006, the ratio of FTE registered nurses (RNs) to occupied beds rose both at hospitals in MHSs that owned HMOs (to 2.08 from 2.05) and at hospitals in MHSs that did not own HMOs (to 2.02 from 2.00).
  • In 2006, total costs per occupied bed were just over $1.0 million at hospitals that were part of MHSs that owned HMOs, up 4.7% from $987,827 in 2005. Since 2001 ($821,194), these costs have risen by more than one-quarter (26.0%).
  • Non-MHS hospitals averaged 164.7 outpatient visits per day, up 5.2% from 156.6 in 2005, the fourth consecutive annual rise.
  • After rising notably between 2004 (60.2%) and 2005 (66.4%), the average intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy rate forMHS hospitals fell slightly in 2006, to 65.3%.
  • Pharmaceutical expenses per discharge at hospitals tied to government-run MHSs fell 27.9% in 2006, to $1,380 from $1,915 in 2005, reversing two straight years of double-digit growth.

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The editors and author acknowledges Verispan LLC, Yardley, Pa., as the research and reporting source for this data, reprinted with permission and based on information gathered by mail and telephone surveys gathered and effective as of December 31, 2008, unless otherwise noted.  It was commissioned, sponsored and underwritten in an arm’s length fashion by the Managed Care Digest Series of sanofi-aventis, Bridgewater, NJ, and developed and produced by Forte Information Resources, LLC, Denver, Colorado.

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Hospitals Financially Ailing

Economic Slowdown Cited as Causative

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According to the Associated Press, November 20, 2008, the current dismal economy has American hospitals ailing. New data shows declines in overall admissions and elective procedures, plus a significant jump in patients who can’t pay for care.

AHA Study

According to a survey by the American Hospital Association [AHA], hospitals also have been hurt by losses on their investments due to the turmoil on Wall Street. Many are finding it more expensive to borrow money, while some of the hardest-hit hospitals began reducing staffing and services as early as last spring and more will follow.

Assessment

The AHA survey also found that 67 percent of hospitals saw some drop in elective procedures, with 6 percent seeing a significant drop; 63 percent saw some decline in overall admissions, with 9 percent seeing a bigger drop; while inpatient and outpatient surgeries and emergency department visits were all down roughly 1 percent in the third quarter.

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Hospital Revenue Cycle Management

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Several major hospitals, or healthcare systems, have filed bankruptcy this fiscal quarter. These include a two-hospital system in Honolulu; one in Pontiac, MI; Trinity Hospital in Erin, Tennessee; Century City Doctors Hospital in Beverly Hills, and four hospital system Hospital Partners of America, in Charlotte. 

And so, since cash flow is the life blood of any healthcare revenue cycle management initiative, it is important for physician executives and healthcare administrators to appreciate the impact of modern health information technology systems on this vital function.

Functional Area Targets

Technology plays a key role across all health entity revenue cycle operations. By functional area, the following are key targets:

Patient Access

This is the front-end of a hospital’s revenue cycle. It is made up of all the pre-registration, registration, scheduling, pre-admitting, and admitting functions. Enhancing revenue cycles in this area requires the following:

  • a call center environment with auto dialing, faxing, and Internet connectivity to quickly ensure and verify all pertinent information that is key to correct and timely payment for services rendered;
  • Master Person Index software to eliminate duplicate medical record numbers and assist with achieving of a unique identifier for all patients;
  • registration and admission software that scripts the admission process to assist employees in obtaining required elements and check that insurer-required referrals are documented;
  • denial management definition, including focus on how to obtain all the correct patient information up front while the patient is in-house; and
  • imaging of data up front.

Health Information Management

This is the middle process of a hospital revenue cycle and is often still referred to as “Medical Records.” This area is made up of chart processing, coding, transcription, correspondence, and chart completion. Better control of revenue cycles requires the following recommended technology:

  • chart-tracking software to eliminate manual outguides and decrease the number of lost charts;
  • encoding and grouping software to improve coding accuracy and speed and improve reimbursement;
  • auto printing and faxing capabilities;
  • Internet connectivity for release of information and related document management tasks; and,
  • electronic management of documents.

Patient Financial Services

This is the back-end process of a hospital revenue cycle. The operations include all business office functions of billing, collecting, and follow-up post-patient care. Recommended technology to optimize these functions includes the following:

  • automated biller queues to improve and track the productivity of each biller;
  • claims scrubbing software to ensure that necessary data is included on the claim prior to submission; and
  • electronic claims and reimbursement processing to expedite the payment cycle.

Automation

Automation can lead to decreased paperwork, process standardization, increased productivity, and cleaner claims. In 2004, Hospital & Health Network’s “Most Wired Survey” found that the 100 most wired hospitals — including three out of the four AA+ hospitals in the country — had better control of expenses, higher productivity, and efficient utilization management. Today, these top hospitals tend to be larger and have better access to capital in these times of credit tightening.

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The positive return on investment in technology increases allocation of funding to technology. This correlation is important because it begins to link the investment in information technology with positive financial returns in all areas of a hospital’s business, including the revenue cycle.

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New Health Insurance Compliance Issues

Implications of US Patriot and Bank Secrecy Acts on Hospitals

By Dr. David E. Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

By Hope R. Hetico; RN, MHA, CMP™  dave-and-hope4

With the recent popularity and growth of personal health insurance plans (PHIPs), health savings accounts (HSAs) and / or medical savings accounts (MSAs), compliance with the USA PATRIOT Act has become an important issue for these new health insurance products.  

These insurance plans place financial services organizations into relationships with shared information institutions like hospitals, healthcare organizations, medical clinics and patient clients.

The Online Connection 

This happens because many, perhaps even the majority of health insurance plans are opened online as patients and insurance company clients use Internet search engines to find the “best” policy type to meet their needs.  

Appropriately, banks, healthcare entities, and hospitals are working with insurance companies, trust companies, banks and broker-dealers to offer identity-compliant and integrated insurance plan products. 

Verifications that these clients are who they say they are, is as paramount as monitoring their activity. 

Example:  

Section 314(b) of the US Patriot Act permits financial institutions and health insurance companies – upon providing notice to the United States Department of the Treasury – to share patient and related information with one another in order to identify and report to the federal government activities that may involve money laundering or terrorist activity.  

The US Patriot Act 

The US Patriot Act aims to partially accomplish this through three critical goals:  

  1. First, it gives investigators familiar tools to use against a new threat.
  2. Second, it breaks down a wall that has prevented information sharing between agencies.
  3. Third, it updates U.S. laws to respond to the current Internet environment.  

Bank Secrecy Act, PHIPs, MSAs and HSAs 

For additional compliance security, The USA Patriot Act also amended the Bank Secrecy Act [BSA] to give the federal government enhanced authority to identify, deter and punish money laundering and related terrorist financing activities.  

Assessment 

Whatever the financial outlays required for insurance/financial organizational compliance, it may result in very large savings later if affected hospital assets and patient health insurance information is safeguarded against attacks of virtual or real assets. 

Conclusion 

And so, what is your opinion on the above health law and policy? 

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Related reference: Marc B. Royo and David B. Nash.Sarbanes-Oxley and Not-for-Profit Hospitals: Current Issues and Future Prospects.” American Journal of Medical Quality: Vol. 23, No. 1, 70-72, February 2008.

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