Building Better Telemedicine Programs Through Physician Engagement

Over the last few years, telemedicine has become a widespread solution to the challenge of patient access, and a prominent trend in today’s consumer-focused healthcare landscape. A 2016 survey by Avizia found that these services are currently offered by 72% of hospitals and 52% of physician groups. Telemedicine has helped patients by allowing them to […]

Examining Supply Chain Information Systems’ Operability

The increase of healthcare IT availability has resulted in hospitals and health systems investing in a number of systems, and many organizations now have IT in place to handle patient health records, billing, resource planning, and human resources. A majority of these systems have reporting capabilities that will pull and organize the collected data. Many […]

The Growing Need for Physician Data Literacy

Patient-collected data is becoming much more prevalent in recent years, and as a result it has begun to play a substantial role in many recent organizational innovations and informatics projects. When patients bring this data to preventive and follow-up visits, they expect it to help care providers to inform their decision-making and improve their care. […]

Exploring the New CDI Frontier: Three Approaches for Improving Outpatient Documentation and Coding

Date: August 8, 2017
Category: Revenue Cycle

Depending on how you found this blog post, you may already be familiar with outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI). But for those who are not, it has been top of mind for mid-cycle leaders for several years—with revenue cycle–wide interest soaring around the ICD-10 implementation deadline in 2015.  Despite this timeframe, identifying a mature outpatient […]

Never Break the Chain: How Will Blockchain Impact the Healthcare Supply Chain?

Date: August 3, 2017
Category: Supply Chain

As the healthcare environment becomes increasingly information rich, organizations are searching for ways to connect the information to improvements in patient care and operational performance. Recently, the industry has been investigating blockchain—an emerging and possibly disruptive technology—used for conducting transactions and managing record data. The foundation for blockchain was established in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto […]

Cost & Quality Academy Members Can Now Earn CE Credits by Attending Virtual Conferences

By: Anna Miller
Date: August 1, 2017

Cost & Quality Academy members rejoice! Starting next month, members of The Academy can gain one contact hour of Continuing Education (CE) credits by participating in virtual conferences. Approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, these credits are available to many professionals, including RN, LPN, and APRN working in the United States. In order to earn […]

Recognizing Excellence: Utilizing HBI to Educate Highly Effective Staff

Date: July 29, 2017
Category: E-Learning

The E-Learning team at HBI is happy to announce that Candace Hafford, a member of the finance department at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC), was highlighted in the Bangor Daily News for her Patient Financial Services Specialist Certification offered through HBI’s E-Learning courses. Ensuring that staff at healthcare organizations are effectively trained on topics related […]

340B’s Hazy Future: Factors Shaping the Drug Pricing Program You Should Consider

By: Christopher Luchterhand
Date: July 27, 2017
Category: Revenue Cycle

In the latest entry in what has been a tumultuous year for the 340B Drug Pricing Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule that would reduce Medicare reimbursement for separately payable drugs under the 340B program. Under the proposal, reimbursement would fall from 6% above average sales price (ASP) […]

Motivating Physicians to Attend Meetings

Healthcare organizations have a lot to gain from including physicians in meetings. Whether through leadership assemblies, committee meetings, or departmental huddles, physician participation can promote alignment and drive patient-centered change. This kind of engagement keeps the medical staff apprised of new developments and allows them to contribute their clinical expertise to operational decisions. It also […]