Hospitals are seeing attrition in profits for the first time since 2008, due in large part to rapidly rising expenses. Not only are profits growing slower than expenses, the growth is less a result of an increase in patient volume, and more from higher payments from state provider fee programs and the federal meaningful-use incentive program. Of course those factors that helped to increase profits also contributed to a further increase in operating expenses.
Healthcare providers are faced with ever-changing industry standards, regulations and restrictions. The presenters at this year’s New Jersey HFMA Annual Institute shed some light on three issues plaguing the industry under the current reforms, and offered various solutions to help providers not only to succeed, but to thrive in today’s environment.
In this three part blog series we will discuss three major issues identified at the annual institute and that plague providers across the country. But every challenge has a solution, and we will share those with you too!