Payments

Value-Based Purchasing Still on the Table Despite Risk to ACA

RevCycle Intelligence reports on a recent BDC Advisors survey stating that, in spite of a possible Affordable Care Act repeal, healthcare executives still plan to stay the course with value-based purchasing implementation and healthcare cost reduction initiatives. However, political and legislative uncertainty has prompted executives to slow major capital investments. The report went on to say: Among the dozen C-suite leaders…

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Stop Blaming “Gravity” for Your Revenue Cycle Problems

Derek Pierce of the consulting firm Healthcare Management Partners (HMP) says stop blaming market conditions for lagging revenue cycle performance. Look within, he advises. “If you’re unable to collect the cash quick enough, that could indicate that management isn’t focused on what’s important,” the HMP Managing Director recently told RevCycleIntelligence.com. “You can blame gravity for…

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“Crazy and Creative” Tools Fuel Population Health in New Ways

Leigh Williams, administrator of business systems at University of Virginia Health System and an assistant professor at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, explained to Healthcare IT News how health information technologies can help identify target populations, as well as enhance clinical decision support to enable more effective and efficient population health management. Conclusion? “Not…

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7 Thoughts on the Importance & Future of Blockchain in RCM

If you don’t know already, Blockchain is a ledger of records arranged in data batches called blocks that use cryptographic validation to link themselves together. Each block references and identifies the previous block by a “hashing function,” forming an unbroken chain, which is where we get the name. (We’ve discussed Blockchain in the OrboNation before for banking and…

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Orbograph’s Healthcare Payment & Revenue Cycle Management Predictions

And now, OrboGraph’s Healthcare Payment and Revenue Cycle Management Predictions… Just as we did in the check payments arena, we’ll give our best guess on 2017 predictions.  Usually our predictions are a bit on the conservative side. Why? Because the media likes to hype new payment mechanisms, but adoption is always slower than what the…

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10 Revenue Cycle Tips from Healthcare Experts in 2016

It’s the season for year-end lists – – this time, a look at revenue cycle tips for 2016 from ten healthcare experts via Becker’s Hospital Review. A few key takeaways include: Don’t lose revenue due to the shift in ACA price points. Analytics, analytics, analytics are needed to drive an optimized collection!  And don’t forget…analyze your…

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Healthcare RCM Predictions for 2017 from 6 Experts

The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care as well as an increasing number of patients enrolling in high-deductible health plans mean big revenue cycle management challenges for the industry. Becker’s Hospital Review asked six industry experts for their predictions and outlook on the coming year. It’s a quick read and easily digestible, but the main thread seems…

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In light of last week’s crippling web outage, it’s ironic to note that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The FFIEC hosted a webinar entitled Getting the Most Out of Your FS-ISAC Membership for financial institutions on October 31, 2016. Cybersecurity is, of course, crucial in the fraud prevention workflow, and last week’s outages…

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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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