Sponsored Post: Reasons to Be Hopeful About the US Health Industry in 2019

* * * * * This post sponsored by PwC. * * * * * The US health industry is showing signs of modernizing along the lines of tech, retail and hospitality, changes that should benefit consumers and the healthcare system overall. Once thought to operate outside the greater US economy, the industry—with its byzantine payment system, complicated… Read More »

Christine Freyermuth, Gwen Spencer and Josh Cahn

Managing Compliance Risks within a Small Organization or with a Smaller Compliance Team

By | December 3, 2018

In the current, ever-changing regulatory environment, smaller compliance teams face unique changes. The OIG’s supplemental Compliance Program Guidance[1] published in 2005 states that ‘there is no single “best” hospital compliance program. Some hospital entities are small and may have limited resources to devote to compliance measures; others are affiliated with well-established, large, multi-facility organizations with a widely dispersed… Read More »


Happy Thanksgiving to the HFMA Community!

By | November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate and embrace those who enrich our lives – both professional and personal. We are thankful for so much, but most thankful for our wonderful members, our hardworking volunteers, our generous sponsors, and our kind colleagues and friends of the MA-RI Chapter. Without your support, this Chapter would not be the success it… Read More »


Career Corner: When is it time to move on to a new position?

By | November 14, 2018

There are many reasons why you stay in a job.  You enjoy the work, you like the people.  The salary is good.  You are happy to produce solid results.  You feel important and get a lot of respect.  You regularly face interesting, stimulating challenges. Maybe the stress or anxiety about doing your job well is low.  Your employer… Read More »

Jeff Zegas and Susan Servais

Harder than It Looks: Appropriate Use of the CMS Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN)

Of all the acronyms that Medicare patients become familiar with, the “ABN” is certainly not one of the favorites. An ABN, or “Advance Beneficiary Notice” is a waiver form that alerts a patient that a test or procedure will likely not be covered by Medicare, usually due to CMS medical necessity requirements regarding required diagnoses for coverage or… Read More »

Emily Anne Nolte, FHFMA and Catherine Hood, CRCR

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: How Health Care Organizations Can Act

Years of research and data have shown that social determinants of health have a significant impact on the profitability and sustainability of the health care industry. In fact, when considered broadly across racial disparities, education, social support, transportation, healthy food and poverty, social determinants of health have been shown to account for more than a third of total… Read More »

Andrew Snyder and Anita Cattrell

Anniversary Billing is Here

By | November 6, 2018

Effective Nov. 2 HFMA changed annual membership dues billing from the June 1 annual billing system to anniversary billing. This means that memberships will no longer be prorated. Membership terms will now be for a full year from the date a member joins or renews. Members will also have an option to automatically renew their membership to provide… Read More »


Welcome New Members! October 2018

By | November 1, 2018

The following members recently joined. We welcome you to the Chapter and encourage you to take advantage of the many professional development, networking and information resources available to you at HFMA. Other HFMA members are a terrific resource for your everyday professional challenges – we encourage all members, current and new, to get involved with HFMA committees and… Read More »


Smile for the camera!

By | October 30, 2018

Between the New to Healthcare and the Accounting and Regulatory Technical Update, we’ve had two wonderful educational events in the past few weeks. Below are some pictures from these two events. If you have photos from HFMA that you’d like featured on the blog, please email them to admin@ma-ri-hfma.org. New to Healthcare Seminar & Networking:     Accounting… Read More »