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 […]

Freight Management: Do You Have a Handle?

Date: September 21, 2016
Category: Supply Chain

How many provider supply chain leaders have a firm understanding of what their organization spends to bring goods to their docks? How many have considered the possibility that vendors are grossly overcharging for shipping? Freight management is a topic that often gets short shrift from materials managers. There are several reasons. Inbound logistics costs in […]

More Than Clean: How a Great Environmental Services Team Can Improve HCAHPS Scores

Environmental services staff members are the unsung heroes of patient care. Their work is often performed in the background, creating a clean and comfortable space with little fanfare. But when an organization takes time to recognize the impact environmental services has on quality of care and invests in it commensurately, patients win, clinicians win, and […]

CMS’s Shift to Reimbursing for Value: Understanding the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

Date: September 15, 2016
Category: Revenue Cycle

As part of its ongoing effort to transition to value-based reimbursement, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) secured approval for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which will significantly affect physicians and medical practices. This legislation repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate methodology (replacing it with annual 0.5% rate increases […]