Top Challenges of CFO's

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With value based model, the most unpredictable payment reform, in their list of financial challenges, CFOs point out their threats and decision making factors.

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Top challenges of CFOs while transitioning to value based care In 2013 the healthcare costs in United States went up to 17.7 of GDP more when compared to other countries. Projections show continued growth averaging 4.9 a year in 2014-18 increasing to 17.9 of GDP by 2018 Spending growth slowed during the recession and has remained slower than historical averages The unchanged Demographic and economic factors that are the root cause of this situation are forecast to remain un-changed for the foreseeable future. Primary reason It is driven primarily by new mandates and legislation but there exists wide variety of additional drivers Few Highlights Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City ended the first three months of the year with operating income down 9.3 from the same period last year Mayo Clinic The Mayo Clinic which had been diligently cutting expenses over the past year has started to see those costs creep up again NY City Health The NewYork City Health and Hospitals Corp. will face an operating deficit of 1 billion in two years and dwindling cash reserves Organizations which faced push backs in their first quarter Ten thousand baby boomers turn 65 every day creating a major demographic age shift resulting in more baby boomers on Medicare. Reimbursement Declines Exchanges have proven to generate lower reimbursements for hospitals when compared to conventional insurance The number of patients who rely on Medicaid for healthcare coverage continues to rise Government reforms and spending cuts at both state and national levels have also negatively affected hospital reimbursements Many states have chosen not to expand Medicaid programs even as reimbursements for indigent patients decrease The Budget Control Act of 2011 “Sequestration” have directly impacted Medicare and other programs funded by the federal government. Patients with commercial insurance coverage constitute about half of the total patient volume which accounts for 30 of the gross margin Hospital in post ACA Era Medicare fee-for-service Medicare Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage which constitutes 30 of patient volume are critical for offsetting fixed costs but are not set-up to make margins Medicaid constitutes another 15 of volume and 60-70 reimbursement of Medicare but still higher losses Uninsured patient volume constitutes about five percent and represent large “losses” to the hospital.For this hospital the average gross margin is approximately four percent. Lets check out some of the top priorities Of CFOs according to this survey Top priorities of CFOs What could be considered beyond Bonds and Commercial loans and what leaders should actually consider Beyond Bonds and Commercial loans Bonds and commercial loans have certain limitations and are not always the best Solutions to improve financial metrics and performance should be a better option New technologies are available to improve healthcare services and quality and safety analyses ultimately improving hospital performance and value CFOs must seriously reconsider the requirement to “own” certain technologies Having the right device at the right place at the right time acquired via an operating expense model A focus on equipment use Versus ownership provides a true competitive advantage. What is stopping the organization from tacking challenges Conclusion The state of flux in reimbursement and required changes in healthcare delivery make planning capital expenditures a challenge. Many hospitals and healthcare systems spend significant time analyzing market projections and feasibility studies before committing to capital programs. Navigating through this chaotic environment requires the right financial partner with proven expertise flexibility and experience. infomedicalbillingstar.com