Archive for August 2016

Same Day ACH Will Challenge Fraudsters, Improve Other Payments

Starting on September 23, all financial institutions in the U.S. will be able to accept Same Day payments, with the option to originate them. The August edition of the PYMNTS.com Faster Payments Tracker™, powered by NACHA, contains an informative interview with Steve Kenneally, Vice President of the American Bankers Association, to get his perspectives on this important step forward…

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Trump & Clinton: 16 Quotes on Healthcare

I don’t think I’m being particularly provocative when I note that this year’s presidential race is fairly unprecedented in its … colorful rhetoric. Still, it’s important in this industry to cut through the clutter and grasp the issues that touch us as defined by both sides. Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign website encapsulates his healthcare viewpoints here; Democratic…

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$590K Counterfeit Check Scheme: "They Were Essentially Printing Money."

Earlier this month we talked about 10 tips for spotting a fake check – were you paying attention? If not, this will likely increase your vigilence. In a story out of New Jersey, we learn that a check forgery ringleader used a computer to manufacture fake checks: Stephens created the checks using graphic software, inflating the amounts…

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$32K Per Doctor – – Are Health IT Costs Driving Up Healthcare Costs?

Doctor-owned multi-specialty practices spent more than $32,500 per doctor in 2015 on new health IT, staff, maintenance, and related costs last year, according to a new analysis from the Medical Group Management Association. This is up from $23,000 in 2010. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health…

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ACH Finally Catches & Passes Check Clearing … or Will It?

The other day a friend was telling me about how he ordered a lens for his camera via Amazon at 10am in the morning, and had an Amazon truck in his driveway at 3:30pm that afternoon. We used to be astounded by 48-hour delivery, and now the “click”-to-doorstep duration is only a little longer than the…

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Advice for Improving Revenue Cycle Performance from 7 Healthcare Leaders

Hear it directly from the providers! In the new reality where patients are responsible for more of their healthcare expenses, hospitals need to be more “patient-centric” in their approach, as this shift from payer reimbursement to patient reimbursement has major implications for revenue cycle management. Frankly, it forces hospitals and health systems to abandon traditional processes for the adoption…

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How Do You Spot a Fake Check? 10 Tips for "Hands On" Review

Payment fraud and identity theft nags the industry as mobile and online payments grow. There are even expectations of check fraud increasing due to the additional safeguards of EMV on the credit card side, per the Atlanta FED. Detecting check fraud has changed over the years, evolving from a “hands on” approach of manual check observation to…

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Report: Dreaded ICD-10 Conversion Had Modest Impact

In March of 2014 we were warned that the ballooning of ICD-10 diagnostic codes from 13,000 to 68,000 was going to disrupt the finances and data systems of healthcare providers. As it turns out – it was manageable. A new report from public accounting, consulting and technology firm Crowe Horwath reveals four key findings (as originally cited by…

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Visa and PayPal announce strategic partnership

Recently, Visa and PayPal – – the largest payments network in the world and the largest digital payments network in the world – – announced a strategic partnership “that will result in an improved and more seamless payment experience for Visa cardholders and will offer greater choice in how consumers pay with the PayPal and Venmo…

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