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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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2017 Industry Survey: The State of Healthcare Payment Electronification in U.S. Hospitals

What’s really happening in hospitals related to electronification of payments? Have other topics become a priority? Are there “hidden” problems in infrastructure which are adding excessive costs to the healthcare industry?  Along with Commonwealth Health Advisors, OrboGraph completed a market research initiative which surveyed over 100 US hospitals. The objective of the research was to…
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Artificial Intelligence: Only Getting Better

With all of the tech we count on that uses actual experiential learning to better read handwriting on a variety of payment types — including checks, for instance — we probably should have seen this coming. Last September the white coats at Google added something called the Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT) to their translation tool.…
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How Banks Can Embrace Technology Through “Fintegration”: Podcast Summary

Here’s a terrific podcast interview via BAI Banking Strategies that you should listen to during your commute. In it, Andres Wolberg-Stok, Citi FinTech’s global head of policy, talks about best practices and approaches to incorporating financial tech – FinTech – in financial organizations. An important point Wolberg-Stok makes early in the conversation is the fact that,…
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On the HFMA ANI Hot Seat: Improving Revenue Cycle Performance

Wondering what attendees at the (HFMA ANI) Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Annual National Institute conference in Orlando, Fla., told Becker’s Hospital CFO Report when asked: What is one thing hospitals can do today to improve revenue cycle performance? A few highlights include: strong leadership in place to drive performance and utilize technology getting your payers…
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Compliance Management and Fintech: Natural Enemies?

An article at Banking Exchange takes an interesting look at the often uneasy relationship between financial technology organizations vs. the Fintech market covering the hot topic of compliance management.  Instruments like the expanded UDAAP standards implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau need to be at the forefront. Richard Holbrook, chairman and CEO of $9.6 billion-assets…
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Small Practices: Time to Jump on the Tech Bandwagon

An article in RevCycleIntelligence points out that an astounding 95 percent of practices with less than five physicians identified their facilities as “not tech savvy,” according to a Black Book survey. Small practices tend to avoid or delay health IT adoption because of the costs associated with implementation and upkeep. A 2016 Medical Group Management Association…
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