Proposed Skilled Nursing PPS Adjustments Nothing to Sniff At

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is currently soliciting comments from the public on potentially large changes to the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) methodology. In an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), CMS is looking to update how SNFs are reimbursed while requesting comments from the public before issuing a […]

Becoming Carbon Neutral with a Power Purchase Agreement

Hospitals and healthcare systems are uniquely positioned to benefit from an investment in renewable energy. According to Practice Greenhealth, commercial and industrial buildings in the United States produce 19% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, 12% of nitrogen oxides, and 25% of sulfur dioxide, at a cost of $110 billion a year. The U.S Energy Information […]

Addressing Concerns Regarding Payer Noncoverage of Inappropriate Emergency Room Use

To control costs, both healthcare organizations and payers have been attempting to steer patients with nonemergent conditions out of the emergency department (ED) and toward more appropriate, less-expensive care options, such as primary care, urgent care, or telehealth. These efforts have, for the most part, existed without contention and been a unique instance of the […]

Considerations for Physician Impairment Policies

Date: June 13, 2017

Physicians are vulnerable to the same physical and cognitive ailments as everyone else. Research suggests that they are about as likely as the general population to struggle with substance abuse, and that the intense demands of their job can take a serious toll on their mental health. Nevertheless, medical professionals struggling with illness or substance […]

Diverting Food Waste Using Decomposition Technology

Hospitals and health systems continue to find innovative ways to reduce their impact on the environment and save waste-related costs. One substantial waste stream that holds a lot of promise is food waste generated in the cafeteria. Some organizations have addressed rampant food waste through composting programs. However, for some health systems, such as Montefiore […]

Analyzing Pediatric A/R Performance Trends

Date: June 6, 2017
Category: Revenue Cycle

Historically, accounts receivable (A/R) has been a primary metric healthcare organizations utilize to evaluate their revenue cycle performance, as predictable cash flow is a key contributor to overall financial well-being. Organizations often seek to compare their A/R days to their peers; however, industry analyses often do not segment this data by pediatric providers specifically, overlooking […]

Potential Impact of the 21st Century Cures Act

By: Samuel DePaz
Date: June 2, 2017

On December 13th, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Act is meant to expand medical research funding and streamline the development and approval of treatments, as well as various other impacts within the healthcare industry. This legislation had a direct impact on providers, specifically regarding the changes in […]

Medical Scribes: A Remedy for Physician Burnout?

By: Sarah Slane
Date: May 31, 2017

As organizations look to help their physicians manage an intense workload and practice at the top of their licenses, a growing industry has emerged around medical scribes. Scribes—who accompany physicians and perform real-time clinical documentation—seem poised to alleviate physician burnout. But as healthcare leaders consider introducing scribes, it’s important to understand both the business case […]

Healthcare’s Uncertain Future: How the Revenue Cycle Academy Can Assist You

Though the pace of healthcare reform has once again slowed down now that the Senate is writing its own version of the American Health Care Act, the consequences of the actions already taken do not stop. In fact, in a recent poll of Academy members, 23% of respondents indicated their organizations are already adjusting upfront […]