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The Future of Rural Health Care: Challenges and Solutions
12/11/2016

The Future of Rural Health Care: Challenges and Solutions

Few topics are as emotional and personal as health care. Imagine your child breaking an arm playing football in the backyard, your mother calling to relay some bad news about your father’s...

Rating Agencies Update: Happy Days are Here Again … But Will They Last?
10/6/2016

Rating Agencies Update: Happy Days are Here Again … But Will They Last?

The hospital sector saw one of its best years in recent memory during 2015. As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), expanded insurance coverage was in full swing, along with a recovering...

Commissioning in Health Care
8/9/2016

Commissioning in Health Care

Energy usage accounts for more than half of a typical hospital’s annual budget, according to the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE). As the health care industry continues to...

Agency Options for Hospital Finance Better than Ever
6/9/2016

Agency Options for Hospital Finance Better than Ever

Today is a good day to be an issuer in the bond market. With paltry returns available through government bonds and investment-grade paper, fixed income investors are reaching for yield and...

Planning for the Unknown: Triple Aim
4/7/2016

Planning for the Unknown: Triple Aim

 “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” This quote attributed to Dwight Eisenhower is good advice for strategizing in an...

On the Rise: How Three Hospitals Improved Their Fiscal Outlooks
2/4/2016

On the Rise: How Three Hospitals Improved Their Fiscal Outlooks

The last several years have been challenging for hospitals, as uncertainty regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a narrowing in operating profitability became the norm. In 2015, however, the...

Virtual Doctor Visits Offer New Approach to Traditional Health Care
12/5/2015

Virtual Doctor Visits Offer New Approach to Traditional Health Care

As hospital leadership knows, there is no hard and fast formula for providing the best possible health care to every patient in every situation. However, with the recent onset of telemedicine, rural...

Rating Agencies Update: Overall Outlook Improves, Gains Concentrated at the Top
10/11/2015

Rating Agencies Update: Overall Outlook Improves, Gains Concentrated at the Top

Finally, we have some winners. After years of gloom over stagnant volume growth amid uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and challenging economic forces, the outlook is brighter for many...

How The Municipal Advisor Rule Affects Hospital Bond Financing
8/6/2015

How The Municipal Advisor Rule Affects Hospital Bond Financing

Hospital bond financing is a complex undertaking that can present a number of unique challenges. That is why finding an investment bank with experience as a financial advisor and underwriter is...

Hospital Compare Star Ratings: Too Much Power in the Patient Review?
6/4/2015

Hospital Compare Star Ratings: Too Much Power in the Patient Review?

Customer reviews have become a powerful force in recent years, as everything from apartments to restaurants have seen the success of their business affected by online comments and ratings. With the...