Category Archives: Healthcare Reform

“2016 ASC Predictions” in The Ambulatory M&A Advisor

A new column published by The Ambulatory M&A Advisor shares predictions about the 2016 ASC industry from CEOs of organizations providing services to ASCs. Joan Dentler, CEO of Avanza, an ASC consulting firm, shares several predictions about the challenges that will face ASCs in the new year, including determining how to fit in a value-based reimbursement environment and negotiate a place within an ACO, IPU or bundled payment coalition. She also provides guidance on what ASCs must do if they want to be key players in the changing healthcare landscape.

“Leading by Example” to address healthcare disparities in Executive Insight

"Your zip code shouldn't determine how long you live, but it does." This bold statement by The California Endowment challenges healthcare executives to bring their systems' resources to bear to address healthcare disparities. Avanza's Joan Dentler and Ellen Sanchez discuss how hospitals and their executives can advance their mission while protecting the bottom line by embracing opportunities to address healthcare disparities in an Executive Insight column.

“RCM improvement: Strengthening processes and diversifying revenue streams in FQHCs” in Becker’s Hospital Review

Developing efficient revenue cycle management (RCM) lifecycle processes and seeking new sources of funding are critical for ensuring the financial sustainability of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Avanza's Joan Dentler and Maria Serafine discuss the need for FQHCs to strategically seek out innovative strategies and embrace new financial models in a Becker's Hospital Review column. These efforts, centered around improving FQHC revenue cycle management, will help FQHCs achieve financial sustainability, operate at optimal levels and meet their mission of serving communities.

“Benchmarking: Harnessing the Power of Comparison” in Strategic Financial Planning

Avanza's President and CEO Joan Dentler and Vice President Erin Carr discuss benchmarking as powerful comparison tool in the Winter 2015 issue of Strategic Financial Planning, an HFMA publication. Topics Ms. Dentler and Ms. Carr discuss include the importance of healthcare providers benchmarking against other high-service industries, volume- versus value-based benchmarking, and the limitations of benchmarking. Read the Strategic Financial Planning column on healthcare benchmarking (pdf).