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Articles by Steven Berger


Back to the Basics: 5 Ways to Pick Low-Hanging Fruit: Actionable items that can be applied to a hospital's labor or supply chain costs, with proven results immediately available

by Steven H. Berger

Healthcare Financial Management, 8/1/12

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Treating technology as a luxury? 10 necessary tools: if you've been thinking that technology for improving healthcare financial management is a luxury

by Steven H. Berger

Healthcare Financial Management, 2/1/07

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Analyzing your hospital's labor productivity

by Steven H. Berger

Healthcare Financial Management, 4/1/05

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10 ways to improve healthcare cost management: if your hospital hasn't been achieving cost savings, maybe you need to make—or renew—a commitment

by Steven H. Berger

Healthcare Financial Management, 8/1/04

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Books by Steven Berger



Fundamentals of Health Care Financial Management : A Practical Guide to Fiscal Issues and Activities

by Steven Berger, CPA


In this thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Fundamentals of Health Care Financial Management, consultant and educator Steven Berger offers a practical step-by-step approach to understanding the fundamental theories and relationships guiding financial decisions in health care organization. Set in a fictional mid-sized hospital, the book is written in diary form, taking the reader into the inner workings of the finance executive's office. This introduction to the most-used tools and techniques of health care financial management includes health care accounting and financial statements; managing cash, billings and collections; making major capital investments; determining cost and using cost information in decision-making; budgeting and performance measurement; and pricing. As in the previous editions, this book introduces key practical concepts in fundamental areas of financial management.


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Product Details:

Paperback: 512 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 1.2 x 9.1

Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (January 2, 2008)

ISBN: 978-0787997502




HFMA's Introduction to Hospital Accounting

By Steven H. Berger, Michael Nowicki, Healthcare Financial Mgmt Assn (HFMA)


"This fourth edition of Introduction to Hospital Accounting marks the resurrection of a classic that has been out of print for 10 years." —Richard L. Clarke, FHFMA, President, Healthcare Financial Management Association


Originally written by L. Vann Seawell, this landmark textbook has been updated for the new millennium by Michael Nowicki and Steven Berger based on student feedback.


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Hardcover: 412 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 9.25 x 7.25

Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company; 4th edition (July 2002)

ISBN: 0787293172




Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements

By Steven Berger, CPA


In these tough economic times it is important that your board members not only understand the organization's financial statements but also ensure that adequate resources are available and effectively managed. The newly revised and expanded edition of this best-selling title includes key accounting terms and concepts, important benchmarking ratios, and sample nonprofit financial statements with explanations. Author Steven Berger's no-nonsense explanations are helpful for board members, treasurers, finance committee members and staff who prepare financial information for the board.


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Paperback: 78 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 10 x 7.5 x 0.3

Publisher: Boardsource

ISBN: 978-1586861049




The Power of Clinical and Financial Metrics: Achieving Success in Your Hospital

By Steven Berger, CHE, CPA, FHFMA


You may already have the solutions to some of your toughest management challenges but they are buried in the mounds of information to which you have access. In most healthcare organizations, computer systems hold hundreds, even thousands, of data elements on financial and clinical matters. Don't let this abundance of data intimidate you. This book provides a straightforward approach to turning data into useful information, which you can use to make rational and objective decisions. Learn how to bring meaning to your data by using indicators, or metrics, to specifically measure the outcomes of the actions taken by administrators, directors, managers, and staff in their day-to-day work. This book explains how to develop metrics using a goal-setting process, hone the metrics by creating an action plan, and adopt the metrics through effective implementation. The techniques discussed in this book work and have worked for some of the most highly successful hospitals in America. Six case studies are presented, illustrating how these organizations used metrics to achieve superior results. Adopt their approach in your organization.


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Product Details:

Paperback: 150 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.4

Publisher: Health Administration Pr; 1 edition (March 2005)

ISBN: 978-1567932393