Severe Maternal Morbidity: Trends and Solutions

By: Vyshnavi Manda
Date: September 27, 2018

Women in the United States are becoming injured in childbirth at rising rates that far outpace other developed countries. This occurrence, called severe maternal morbidity, refers to unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery (like hemorrhage) that lead to short- or long-term consequences for women’s health. To address this public health issue, it is important for […]

Pulse Check: Reduce High Self-Pay Accounts Receivable

In one of our recent engagements with an organization our analysis determined that the organization had a large volume of highly-aged self-pay accounts. Based on further analysis, their self-pay vendor and bad debt vendor reflected collection rates in line with HBI’s latest benchmarks. In addition, we took a look at the hospital’s charity care which […]

Researchers Assess Reprocessing Practice Efficacy for Endoscopes

Date: September 25, 2018
Category: Revenue Cycle

According to the CDC, healthcare-acquired infections affect 5-10% of the patient population, resulting in approximately 100,000 deaths and generating nearly $20 billion in healthcare costs per year. One potential vector for infectants is exploratory scopes. Total rates of scope-related infections are not well documented, but, in January 2016, according to FDA’s Manufacturer and User Facility […]

The Ideal Revenue Cycle Leader: Top 5 Qualities

By: Jerica L Hopkins
Date: September 25, 2018
Category: Revenue Cycle

In the past several years, revenue cycle leaders—from supervisors and managers, to directors and C-suite executives—have seen their oversight expand in a number of ways, necessitating that their knowledge base, staff, and skills expand with it. Whether overseeing new care settings- or new positions, leaders may no longer have a tenured, ground-up experience in all […]

Pulse Check: Taking a Fresh-Eyes Approach to Denial Write-Off Codes

Are denial write-off reason codes at your organization giving you insights into denial prevention and accountability? HBI recommends reviewing your system write-off reason codes with a “fresh eyes” approach to ensure codes are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive. HBI’s Custom Services team finds that often healthcare organization’s lack codes for certain denial types, use ambiguous […]

Learn How to Retain Your Best and Brightest Nurses With This Complimentary Infographic

According to a 2018 report from Nursing Solutions, Inc., the national nursing turnover rate is at 16.8% and rising, and the average cost of each turnover is $49,500—leading many organizations to prioritize nurse retention initiatives. To aid in these efforts, HBI’s Cost & Quality Academy interviewed nurse leaders at Duke University Health System and Mercy […]

Physician Revenue Cycle Training: The Rising Need

In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, physicians are no longer just responsible for providing patient care. Every aspect of the revenue cycle is impacted by physicians: they need to communicate with patient access staff to get patients scheduled and make sure ordered services are authorized; their documentation needs to be clear and specific to ensure accurate […]

Pulse Check: Finding Local Talent

Date: September 12, 2018
Filed under: Coding, hiring, Pulse Check, training

In a recent engagement we worked on we got to observe a well-functioning health information management team and one of the main reasons for this was the excellent recruitment system they had in place. Partnering with a local coder training facility, the organization was able to teach the next generation of coders and hand select […]

How Can Supply Chain Support OR Optimization?

Date: September 11, 2018
Category: Supply Chain

The operating room represents one of the largest cost centers and produces some of the highest rates of clinician burnout in modern healthcare environments. This is a significant hurdle for providers and it’s one that needs to be addressed holistically and with the help of a variety of departments. We’ve been receiving a number of […]