Financial challenges again rank No. 1 on the list of hospital CEOs’ top concerns, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual survey of top issues confronting hospitals. In addition, Moody’s recently confirmed its negative outlook for nonprofit hospitals, citing weak volume, reimbursement constriction, and increased numbers of Medicare patients.
Financial issues are especially challenging for tertiary and quaternary hospitals, whose financial success is dependent upon referrals to their advanced care services. Because mergers can often prove impractical or might even be prohibited, Lumina Health Partners and the law firm Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose have developed a strategy to for tertiary and quaternary hospitals to integrate clinical programs with current or potential referring partners. This approach involves service line integration among hospitals and physicians, focusing on quality and “best site of care” principles.