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How to Gauge Your Hospital’s Financial Health

Some rural hospitals that were already struggling are now in serious financial trouble due to the coronavirus. The suspension of elective surgery and non urgent care in most states led to an abrupt drop in patient volumes and hospital revenue. That loss, combined with the cost of preparing for COVID-19 protections for patients and employees, has forced rural hospitals into deeper distress. It’s especially important in these challenging circumstances to keep a close eye on key metrics that gauge a hospital’s financial health. By monitoring indicators, creating transparency and responding...


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Hospital Financial Distress Indicators

This one-minute video outlines financial warning signs that indicate financial trouble for your community hospital.


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Solutions

Operational Assessment: The First Step to Long-term Sustainability

Do you know where your hospital stands? Is it holding its own or barely holding on? CHC Consulting’s Operational Assessment determines your hospital’s status objectively and paves the path to performance enhancements and financial sustainability.

A Comprehensive Operational Assessment:

Includes a thorough review of operations Identifies strengths as well as areas for improvement Forms the basis for a performance enhancement plan with specific action steps

The Operational Assessment begins with an extensive review of data and documents, coupled with one-on-one interviews with individuals whose perceptions of the...


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Coronavirus Pandemic Transforming the Future of Rural Healthcare

By Brian Doerr, Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Security and Privacy Officer, Community Hospital Corporation

The need to quarantine has been an important catalyst for telehealth and is reshaping how community hospitals deliver care. Once sparingly used in rural areas, telehealth is a primary means to maintain healthcare services at a time when it’s critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the spreading virus has spurred a growing number of rural and community hospitals to launch or expand telehealth services.

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Hospital Turnarounds Start with an Operational Assessment

Troubled community hospitals can begin to reboot by parlaying an evaluation of operational performance into an action plan. This path leads hospitals from survival mode to a strategic mindset so they can do more than just keep the doors open. A comprehensive operational assessment and accompanying action plan help improve overall operations including critical areas such as revenue cycle, supply chain, staffing and leadership.

Read more, as posted to Becker’s Hospital Review, April 24,...


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Operational Assessment is The First Step Toward a Hospital Turnaround

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Hospital Turnarounds Start with an Operational Assessment

Troubled community hospitals can begin to reboot by parlaying an evaluation of operational performance into an action plan. This path leads hospitals from survival mode to a strategic mindset so they can do more than just keep the doors open. A comprehensive operational assessment and accompanying action plan help improve overall operations including critical areas such as revenue cycle, supply chain, staffing and leadership.

Tackling an operational assessment may seem daunting. While the process is complex, a good place to start is by examining outsourced contracts, as some may have...


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Press Releases

Walker County Hospital District and Community Hospital Corporation Sign Agreement

Plano, Texas – (March 3, 2020) – The Walker County Hospital District (WCHD) Board of Managers and Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) have created a new company that will own and operate Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH), Huntsville, Texas. The agreement was effective February 28, 2020.

“We will continue as Huntsville Memorial Hospital and we’re excited for our future,” said Walker County Hospital District Board Chair Anne Woodard. “Aligning with CHC is the best option for HMH. This move puts us on a path of renewal that allows us to advance on...


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How Unit Practice Councils Benefit the Hospital and Clinical Staff

Smaller hospitals may use overall nursing councils, but unit-based shared governance councils are a newer concept. Also known as unit practice councils, or UPCs, these formal groups representing each nursing unit are designed to involve frontline clinical staff in decision making. UPCs uphold the belief that no one understands staff and patient-care challenges better than the staff members themselves; hence, no one is better positioned to offer solutions.

At the organizational level, the benefits of UPCs include:

Increased employee engagement and satisfaction Improved patient care and satisfaction Increased efficiency through...

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Case Studies

Debt Restructuring Creates Solid Footing: North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville, Texas

The Situation

Gainesville Hospital District saw light at the end of the tunnel—a new beginning for North Texas Medical Center (NTMC). The district had leveraged bankruptcy to get the legal protection and time it needed to develop a plan to restructure $40 million in debt, pay creditors, and keep the hospital open. The district secured debtor-in-possession financing and filed a bond validation to enhance the appeal of its bonds as investments. Gainesville Hospital District was on the right track to emerge from Chapter 9, but the district needed to...


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