I spent the early part of this week at HFMA's Annual National Institute in Las Vegas. One of the things I like to do at these shows is talk to vendors and their customers about their efforts to improve their organizations.
Hospitals are going to have to get a lot more efficient under healthcare reform, there's no question about that. The main reason is that there is no reason to believe that reimbursement is going to get any better than it is right now.
If hospitals are no longer having to spend huge amounts covering charity care and bad debt write-offs, will they be seen as a potentially big source of revenue not only for the feds but for state governments as well?