Stand-Alone Hospitals Wrestle With Financial Challenges
Make-or-break decisions about the future face financial executives from independent hospitals—insight from the HFMA ANI conference.
Last week at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's ANI conference in Orlando, I listened to a panel of executives from stand-alone hospitals talk about the financial challenges they face while trying to remain independent in an environment that is—and has been for years—consolidating at a rapid rate. More than most healthcare leaders, financial executives at stand-alone organizations face make-or-break decisions in the next few years.
"In some ways, our challenges aren't that different from any other health system, but as a small, stand-alone hospital, we have to execute really well if we want to stay where we are. … We have to be slightly quicker and be as good or better on everything from a quality standpoint," said Michael Allen, CFO and treasurer at Winona (MN) Health.
"From an operations point of view, the biggest challenge is probably around physician recruiting and retention. It's harder to attract folks who want to come to a small facility in a small community, and our physicians are our sales force," he added.
Harold Dupper, vice president, finance, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, CO, agreed that physician recruitment and development top the list of challenges.
- CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services
- FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies
- Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty
- New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care
- The Most Polarizing Topics in Healthcare IT
- Why You Should Involve Patients in Nursing Handoffs
- The 5 Biggest Healthcare Finance Trouble Spots
- States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds
- How CPOE Will Make Healthcare Smarter
- Safety Net Executives Renew Call to Preserve DSH Payments