Archive for October 2016

From Silos to Platforms: The Benefits of Comprehensive Risk Management

There are so many cross-platform consolidations in our daily lives – without missing a beat (literally), Spotify carries my favorite songs seamlessly from iPhone to iPad to desktop computer, for instance –  that it’s getting harder and harder to imagine the sorts of silos that frequently exist in financial institutions’ risk management efforts. Yet, as…

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Feds Plan to Take SSN Off Medicare Cards

Get ready for a new complication, er… challenge – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is readying the healthcare industry for the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards by April 2019. From HealthData Management: In April 2018, CMS will start generating new MBIs for all living and deceased Medicare beneficiaries, with information systems and…

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Top 5 Tech Innovations Your Bank Can’t Ignore—and Why

We’re excited to see that, of the Top 5 Tech Innovations Your Bank Can’t Ignored, we can actually contribute significantly to three of them! Let’s call them the “Key 3”: Continue to embrace Check 21 Leverage electronic workflows Automated tellers Part of the shared theme of the Key 3 is that the branch bank is far from obsolete. Online…

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Study: Revenue Cycle Management Solutions Surge to Deflect Impacts of Value Based Care

Black Book™ is well known for accurate, impartial customer satisfaction surveys in the services and software industries. They conducted their annual revenue cycle management outsourcing and software/technology user polls, and here are some highlights: Black Book found that RCM transition activities in Q3 2016 are being coordinated through advisors and consultants at 29% of the…

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Is the Honeymoon Over for Fintech?

René Lacerate, chief executive and founder of Bill.com, writes in a posting at American Banker that the glory days for fintech (financial technology) may be in the past. And just when we thought it was heating up! Lacerate says new fintech investments are tapering off as the broader funding market cools; also, banks are coming around and “starting to…

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17 Winners and 8 Losers Under the ACA – What Do You Think?

A sure method for starting a conversational brushfire at a “civilian” (i.e. non-industry) cocktail party of other gathering is to begin a discussion on the ACA, or “ObamaCare.” Recent headlines detailing large insurance companies abandoning the exchanges have added fuel to the anti-ACA rhetoric, but, as folks in the industry know, things are not so…

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Same Day ACH is Here – and Paper Check Usage is UP!

The same report that finds 57% of organizations intend to use same-day ACH for last-minute payments also finds that business-to-business payments by paper check actually increased slightly from 2013, breaking the previous downward trend in check use. In fact, 86 percent have finally integrated their check payments systems with their accounting systems. There are still major…

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