January 31, 2017
President's Message

Dear HFMA South Texas Colleagues,

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 is a year full of good health, opportunities, success and fun.  As I get older I can’t believe how time goes by so fast.  We are halfway through our fiscal year and it feels like we just started.
As we look back on the last three months, the South Texas Chapter continues to THRIVE!  We had a fantastic Region 9 meeting in New Orleans in November.  Thanks to John Montaine and David Glazener for representing South Texas on the Region 9 planning committee. If you missed it, you missed a great time.  Also, our Leadership Forum was held Jan. 20 at the Blanton Art Museum in Austin. The meeting was filled with interesting healthcare and leadership topics.  The Forum ended with a guided tour of the museum and a networking event at Sholtz Beer Garten.  I want to thank Chairman John Knighten and the program committee for all its hard work.  

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Swing-Bed Considerations for Rural Hospitals in providing
Skilled Nursing Care
By: Charles Lewing,
Ward Memorial Hospital


Swing-beds are one approach to addressing two problems in rural communities: the shortage of nursing home beds and the decline in rural hospital occupancy. In the past, swing-bed demonstration hospitals have shown the greatest potential for quality improvement compared to nursing homes in providing a continuum of care.

Healthcare IT Spending on the Rise

By: Jim Tempio, First American Healthcare Finance

Survey finds top drivers of healthcare IT investment are improving patient experience and engagement

In an era of digital natives, new technological solutions to healthcare challenges appear almost daily. Not surprisingly, two-thirds of hospitals report increased tech budgets for this fiscal year. Additionally, over a quarter of hospitals have seen more than a 5 percent increase. A recent survey* by First American Healthcare Finance, in partnership with the American Hospital Association, identified this rise in budgeting for hospital and health system information technology.

Focusing on Patient Care: The Final Rule

By: Brad Granger, Lancaster Pollard

For the approximately 16,000 nursing home operators across the country, increased scrutiny and constant realignment have become a way of life. And if trying to prepare for a new administration that is likely to enact significant regulatory and reimbursement changes in the near future wasn’t enough, long-term care providers also end 2016 with a new 700-page rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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