Payments

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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Here’s How Revenue Cycle Management Boosts Hospitals’ Bottom Line

What’s one of the most powerful components of RCM, and one that ensures great financial results for hospitals? Case management consultant Mindy Owen makes an excellent “case” for EDUCATION – – ongoing training of case managers is the key. Owen is a specialist in educating and developing case management teams, and has traveled across the country teaching case…

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Breaking Down The Faster Payments Construct

Set aside 13 minutes for the newest installment of the Countdown to Same Day ACH podcast series. In this episode, Jan Estep, president and CEO of NACHA, talks to Karen Webster about the overlaps, complements, and implications of all the capabilities under the faster payments umbrella. Ms. Estep says the best way to think about “faster payments” is as an umbrella…

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A History Lesson to Master the Bank Lock Box

For a variety of businesses and organizations, a lock box (or “lockbox”) solution is key to efficient and profitable payment processing for corporations, healthcare providers, and non-profits. Chris Nichols, Chief Strategy Officer at CenterState Bank, posted a great piece on LinkedIn about leveraging Lock Box services, along with a concise history. You’ll want to read the entire article, but here’s…

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