Module 5: Basics of Health Care Finance

This six-part educational video series provides mid-level leaders with foundational knowledge and strategies for leading their team and influencing others as they navigate the shift to value-based payment and population health.

Before You Begin: Complete the Pre/post-Training Evaluation template on page 8 within the Discussion Questions and Activities document before you begin the series and again after you complete Module 6.


Description and Topics Covered

Understand the basics of healthcare finance for mid-level leaders and how it connects to your work.

  • Gain a basic understanding of traditional and value-based payment methodologies
  • Explore the role of wellness, transitional care, and chronic care services in value-based systems

Discussion Questions

  • How does your department contribute to the bottom line of your organization? 
  • Might the transition to value change the way your department generates revenue (or savings)? If so, in what way?
  • What is the financial outlook for your organization over the next 1-2 years? What about the next 3-5 years?

Recommended Activities


  1. 15 Key Levers Driving Value-Based Care Success - This report outlines 15 priority areas for healthcare organizations to focus on in order to successfully transition to value-based care.
  2. Paying Hospitals to Keep People out of Hospitals? It Works in Maryland - This article provides an overview of Maryland’s ambitious hospital payment overhaul, launched in 2014.
  3. Global Budgeting - Rural health care delivery is being shaped by changes in payment policies and financing sources, continually evolving quality measures and expectations, and evolving models of care delivery. Success in this transformation requires high-performance rural health organizations. Speaker Dr. MacKinney, MD, MS, University of Iowa, shares his expertise on Global Budgeting. This innovative approach involves an annual expectation for revenue for all inpatient and hospital outpatient care in advance.
  4. Value-Based Care (VBC) Options for Rural webinar series - This webinar series will provide hospital and clinic teams with education regarding the transition to VBC.

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