HFMA – ANI 2013 to Play Critical Role for Healthcare Providers

June 14, 2013 / 0 Comments

The HFMA conference brochure pretty much tells it all, “What Now?” The healthcare industry continues to evolve and converge around several critical pieces of legislation including ACA, EFT/ERA electronification and ICD-10. HFMA sessions look very interesting as they address many revenue related topics!

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Chug, Chug… Here comes ICD-10. How will it affect Revenue Cycle Management and Receivables?

June 14, 2013 / 0 Comments

It’s a tough world out there for healthcare providers who are typically scrounging for 15-20% of their claims revenues which are either denied or incorrectly processed. ICD-10 is slowly approaching (10-1-2014), and with the number of codes jumping to 68,000 from the mere 14,000 of ICD-9, it made me wonder how much more difficult the billing and reconciling process may become for providers and patients as there are significant risks in this new process. Anne Smith, RN, principal and CEO of Fredrikson Healthcare Consulting, said, “while the biggest changes focus on code structure and conventions, it would be a mistake to assume only coders need training for the new system.“

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A Simple HIPAA Compliant Solution for Banks Entering Medical Lockbox

June 10, 2013 / 0 Comments

Let’s say that a financial institution (FI) wants to provide a medical lockbox processing solution to its existing healthcare provider customers and/or prospective customers outside its geographic branch locations. Ideally the system would process both insurance payments as well as patient payments. In order to get into this business, particularly capturing and scanning EOBs, the FI will need to follow the rules and regulations around HIPAA/HITECH; a potentially daunting and intimidating process!

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Orbograph Takes New Orleans by "Storm"

April 22, 2013 / 0 Comments

No pun intended, but New Orleans + Orbograph Client Conference = “a hurricane of check and healthcare processing”! The Orbograph Hurricane began on Wednesday evening, April 10th, with a wonderful opening reception. Nearly 70 attendees filled the reception hall to interact and listen to a local New Orleans Jazz band. A classy and jazzy way to start!

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Orbograph Client Conference 2013 is Just Around the Corner

February 27, 2013 / 0 Comments

Did you see our recent press release announcing our conference agenda with a star-studded line-up of presenters and topics? Join us for our Check and Healthcare Payments Automation Jazzfest where you will be blown away with an ensemble of content, networking activities and entertainment!

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20% Replacement in Revenue Cycle Management Predicted in Next Two Years

February 4, 2013 / 0 Comments

The HITECH Act has stimulated the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions. Additionally, the delays in the ICD-10 compliance deadline has opened a window for healthcare providers to assess their existing Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) platforms.

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Weighing Pros and Cons of 3rd Party Billers in the Revenue Cycle

December 21, 2012 / 0 Comments

Third-party medical billing companies employ nearly 20,000 people nationwide and process more than 17 million claims per month, representing more than $18 billion per year, according to statistics provided by the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), a trade association representing third-party medical billers.

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Making Patients Pay… In a Nice Way

December 13, 2012 / 0 Comments

Increased Revenue and Decreased Denials Starts with the Front Office. Making Patients Pay… In a Nice WayEvery service performed by a healthcare provider should result in a payment for a service provided. Unfortunately in the healthcare industry, this is often not the case as billions of dollars are written off every year. A patient’s inability to pay, lack of desire to pay, confusion over responsibility to pay or having insurance deny payment are several of many factors which a provider must deal with.

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Cutting Waste from Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs

October 30, 2012 / 0 Comments

Healthcare costs are increasing at a rate of 5-6% annually. As an industry expands, normal cost increases can be absorbed year after year, but healthcare is an inefficient and politically charged animal. In this political season, government officials proclaim gains in waste reduction, but it’s hard to determine what impact fraud and waste has on the overall system. Unfortunately, the numbers are so large now, something needs to be done.

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Three Steps to Avoid Denials and Increase Reimbursement

October 15, 2012 / 0 Comments

Running a successful practice relies on getting reimbursed for services in a timely manner. After all, the best physician and staff can only operate while the bills are being paid. Coding and billing can be a time consuming function in any practice, but proper coding and timely submission are necessary. Often, healthcare practices find themselves inundated with claims denials that must be made up by either resubmitting the claim, passing the payment off to the patient or writing the charge off.

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