Planning for a HealthLeaders Media gathering of hospital and health system chief financial officers reveals the weightiest issues on their minds.

Preoccupying the minds of healthcare financial executives are prevailing problems engulfing the industry’s business climate: uncertainty about healthcare reform, declining public and private reimbursement, accelerating operating expenses, and access to capital.

This August, 50 healthcare finance leaders will collaborate on fortifying their organizations’ fiscal health at the 2017 HealthLeaders CFO Exchange in La Jolla, CA.

In pre-event planning calls, CFO Exchange attendees, representing integrated health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, and safety net providers, have mentioned some of the struggles they’d like to know how others are tackling.

During the two-day event, a series of moderated, peer-to-peer roundtables will explore how organizations are addressing the top five issues.

1. Dismantling of the Affordable Care Act

CFOs foresee the negative financial impact a repeal will generate and are interested in knowing how others are preparing for anticipated changes in Medicaid for expansion and non-expansion states.

2. Enhancing and Supporting Population Health

CFOs are concerned about building the right infrastructure to support population health, including integrating physicians, retooling their workforce, realigning the financial tracking of population health efforts, incorporating behavioral health in primary care, and determining how much payer risk to assume.

Executives expressed their concerns about knowing how and when to invest resources in a relatively unchartered path.

In addition, they are interested in how to bring disparate goals together to align with population health efforts.

3. Curtailing Clinician Costs

Optimizing access and productivity to ensure profitability among acquired physician practices, reducing clinical practice variation and cost-per-case, and lowering costs associated with filling in with agency labor due to the nursing shortage are challenges for senior executives.

Organizations will be requesting and sharing strategies for seizing the reigns on clinician expenses.

4. Increasing Revenue

Overcoming reimbursement struggles, uncovering innovative ways to cut costs, and ascertaining solutions to avoiding readmission penalties are common goals for CFOs.

5. Determining Gaps and Opportunities

Another goal shared by CFOs is the desire to share the most useful data analytics and business intelligence platforms for improving quality-of-care and outcomes.

In addition to their larger concerns, participants at the invitation-only event will talk about consumerism, direct contracting for healthcare with employers, charting a financial strategy on value-based care, and ideas about what competition will look like in the future.

Published by Media Health Leaders on July 18, 2017