Providing Collection Agencies with Settlement Authority to Increase the Likelihood of Collection

Date: October 7, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle
Filed under: collections agencies

Given the challenges faced by many healthcare organizations in collecting patient liabilities, some providers are thinking of bestowing greater authority to third-party collection agencies in allowing them to offer discounts on patient balances. By doing so, leaders may be able to improve the likelihood of collection on balances that may have otherwise gone unresolved. In […]

New CMS Rule for Emergency Preparedness: What Should the Supply Chain Know?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid, announced on September 8 a new rule intended to strengthen provider preparedness for natural and man-made disasters. The rule will apply to all healthcare facilities participating in the government-run programs, which account for about 60% of hospital care, according […]

Innovations in Medical Imaging

Date: October 5, 2016

New methods and technologies in medical imaging are not only creating more accurate images but also facilitating fresh approaches to clinical problems. The use of 3-D modeling in medical imaging is one of the clearest advancements, such as in the case of digital breast tomosynthesis. Traditional mammograms take two images, but this technique creates high-resolution […]

Determining a Best-Fit Coding Career Ladder: Examining Structures Across Organizations

Date: October 4, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle
Filed under: Career ladder

While the initial burden of large-scale shifts like ICD-10 has passed, leaders hoping to continue operating with an efficient coding workforce may be wise to maintain retention programs, such as career ladders. With the aim of helping providers determine a best-fit structure, the following explores three career ladder models. Nationwide Health System At a large […]

FHIR: The Future of Interoperability in Healthcare?

Date: October 3, 2016
Filed under: FHIR, Interoperability

There are a number of barriers to the vision of interoperability guiding the direction of healthcare IT, not least of which is the limitations of aged data standards such as HL7. In an effort to create a modern, open, and flexible standard for data exchange, Health Level Seven International developed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). […]

Shining a Light on UV Disinfection Robots

Date: September 30, 2016
Category: Supply Chain

Trending for around the last year and a half on the hospital cleaning and disinfection scene have been ultraviolet (UV) disinfection robots. Posited as a chemical-free and speedy alternative to more traditional cleaning methods, a handful of devices have hit the market. UV disinfection works by using ultraviolet light to alter the DNA of present […]

Educating Patients About Presumptive Financial Assistance Eligibility

Date: September 28, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle

As part of the effort to comply with 501(r) requirements, many non-profit organizations may choose to utilize presumptive eligibility determinations within their financial assistance policies (FAPs) to proactively identify patients in need of assistance. While presumptive eligibility processes are not required by 501(r), organizations that elect to use such a policy are required to include […]

Developing a Best-Fit Staff Discount for Healthcare Treatment Costs

Date: September 26, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle

Many healthcare providers offer discounts on treatment to staff members in addition to health benefits packages, potentially incentivizing them to consider their employers as partners in their care. However, there is significant variation throughout the industry as to the amount of discounts and the circumstances in which staff may use them. To help providers develop […]

Assessing Compliant Practices in the Collection Vendor Space as 501(r) Becomes Enforceable

Date: September 23, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle

Ensuring collections processes are in line with 501(r) may pose a challenge for many non-profit healthcare organizations, since many providers outsource unpaid accounts and have to rely on a third party for compliance. As noted in the Final Rule, organizations may be liable for vendor noncompliance unless “a hospital facility acts reasonably and in good […]