Archive for August 2017

Another Milestone: ATM’s Reach the Half-Million Mark

A new analysis of industry data by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) reveals that there are now between 475,000 and 500,000 ATMs operating out there in the U.S. market. This achievement comes after years of what can be characterized as fairly stagnant growth (attributable to a struggling economy, Windows updates, and a complex EMV migration, among…

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EDI 835’s Close the Loop for Healthcare Fraud and Compliance

A comprehensive article at RevCycleIntelligence entitled “How Providers Can Detect, Prevent Healthcare Fraud and Abuse” offers insight into ways to “tighten the ship” regarding practices that cost the industry billions of dollars a year. Complying with the myriad of regulations can be difficult for providers who already focus on a range of priorities, including care delivery,…

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VIDEO: Check Payments Increasing in B2B

Contrary to what might be considered “conventional wisdom,” in 2016 51% of business-to-business payments were made by check. Does that mark a slowing in the “disappearance” of check usage? Au contraire – that number is up from 50% in 2013! Magnus Carlsson, AFP’s Manager of Treasury and Payments, discusses in the attached video the new…

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Hospitals Leaving $22M On the Table Says Advisory Board

Fierce Healthcare reviewed a report by The Advisory Board and lists four challenges in the area of Revenue Cycle Management. Most significantly, they point out that hospitals concentrating on costs are leaving big dollars on the table: The Advisory Board found that because of the focus on cost reductions over RCM revenues, the average 350-bed hospital…

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Financial Industry Tech – Think LONG Term

The story of Eastman Kodak’s fate is often used to illustrate the danger of late adoption of new technology. Even venerable and ostensibly rock-solid entities can find themselves marginalized and, ultimately, pushed out the picture (so to speak) if they don’t keep up with emerging tech. An article in the Harvard Business Review uses the…

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Cloud-Hosted vs. On-Premises Healthcare Applications

Adoption is driving huge growth for cloud IT vendors. However, an article at HIT Infrastructure shows that, in spite of the many advantages of cloud-hosted Healthcare computing — increased flexibility as well as less expensive scale when more space is needed (among other strengths) — many healthcare organizations are still weighing their options. IT departments who…

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News Flash: Checks Still Matter

The Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) has made available a white paper entitled “Not Going Anywhere: Why Checks Still Matter” (log-in required) that offers valuable insights in an easily digestible package. As pointed out in the report, check use in the United States for business-to-business (B2B) transactions remains at roughly 50% in spite of a multitude…

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