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Former news exec Brad Dennison dissects stories about healthcare and separates fact from fiction in this podcast from the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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Former news exec Brad Dennison dissects stories about healthcare and separates fact from fiction in this podcast from the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

    What media and lawmakers don’t understand about hospital finances

    What media and lawmakers don’t understand about hospital finances

    HFMA Policy Director Andrew Donahue’s column, “An open letter to Congress on nonprofit hospital finances,” has struck a chord with members. In this episode, he discusses margins, investments and M&A and what measure tells the real story of hospital finance. Also in this episode, Brad talks about the recent HFMA report Curing Payment Confusion.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Healthcare 2030: Restoring Trust in Healthcare
    Assessing Reality in Healthcare Financial Information | HFMA

    • 16 min
    New York Times medical debt piece dubbed "laziest story of the year,' plus revisiting charity care policies

    New York Times medical debt piece dubbed "laziest story of the year,' plus revisiting charity care policies

    Brad examines a New York Times article by investigative reporter Sarah Kliff about a recent study of patients whose debt was eliminated by RIP Medical Debt. Researchers say the results surprised them.
     
    Also in this episode: The cover story in the May issue of hfm magazine focuses on a South Dakota health system that developed a new process to identify charity care patients. HFMA Policy Director Shawn Stack discusses why good financial assistance policies and process are essential to patient care.

    Sources:
    Paying off people’s medical debt has little impact on their lives, study finds
    Medical debt relief: How helpful?
    The inconvenient truth about medical debt relief

    • 22 min
    Bloomberg Philanthropies puts $250 million into educating new healthcare workers while Patient Rights Advocate spends on spreading misinformation

    Bloomberg Philanthropies puts $250 million into educating new healthcare workers while Patient Rights Advocate spends on spreading misinformation

    Chad Mulvany, vice president of federal policy for the California Hospital Association and former HFMA policy director, discusses Bloomberg Philanthropies $250 million investment in the future healthcare workforce, as well as what will actually move the needle on price transparency.

    Discussed in this episode:
    ‘Healthcare High’ coming to Woodside
    Northwell, NYC Public Schools announce Northwell School of Health Sciences
    The fight for transparency health care prices in America

    • 11 min
    Patient Rights Advocate's distortion of price transparency regulations and data, and the ad campaign that's catching attention

    Patient Rights Advocate's distortion of price transparency regulations and data, and the ad campaign that's catching attention

    Patient Rights Advocate (PRA) has engaged hip hop artists like Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes and Method Man in its “Power to the Patients” campaign, claiming that regulations around price transparency are not being enforced, allowing hospitals to hide their prices and “charge whatever they want.” On this episode, HFMA Policy Director Shawn Stack and Ruth Lande, vice president of hospital relations at RIP Medical Debt, discuss PRA’s misinterpretation of price transparency regulations and hospital pricing.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Power to the Patients: Fat Joe Public Service Announcement
    PatientRightsAdvocate.org misinterprets CMS rules in low estimate of hospital price transparency compliance
    Patient Rights Advocate continues to misinterpret price transparency data with latest report
    Healthcare Blame Game: Why CFOs should build media relationships

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    • 21 min
    TIME hits the mark, Modern Healthcare misses, and a longtime HFMA member talks about why CFOs should build media relationships

    TIME hits the mark, Modern Healthcare misses, and a longtime HFMA member talks about why CFOs should build media relationships

    Brad speaks with retired CFO and longtime HFMA member Jim Heffernan about why CFOs should be at the forefront of telling an organization’s financial story. Also in this episode, a physician takes to TIME to explain what’s happening in primary care, and the AHA corrects the record on a Modern Healthcare story about charity care.

    • 14 min
    Bigger may prove to be better in healthcare, despite critics' take

    Bigger may prove to be better in healthcare, despite critics' take

    Brad talks with Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of America’s Physician Groups, about why healthcare consolidation is more nuanced than critics understand.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    PRESS RELEASE: Lown Institute awarded $1.5M to study U.S. hospital tax exemptions, financial practices
    Susan Dentzer: Is consolidation in healthcare the work of modern-day robber barons — or the result of overdue reengineering?

    • 23 min

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