Healthcare reform and the influx of newly-insured patients with high-deductible plans have spurred a very real need for hospitals to collect patients’ financial responsibilities early and often in the care cycle. It’s a difficult job that’s not pleasant for the financial counselor or the patient. Factor in the ongoing need to improve patient satisfaction, and the situation is even more complex. But are improved collections and higher patient satisfaction mutually exclusive?
We don’t need to tell you that the new ICD-10 deadline is exactly one year away. (Okay, we just did…) ICD-10 readiness is all about process – there’s no magic technology that solves everything. One of the most important – and misunderstood – processes is testing. There are multiple ways to test ICD-10 claims, and not all methods are equal. Here's a story that illustrates this point.
So what are you doing over the next 12 months? If you are with a hospital or health system, ICD-10 no doubt factors into your plans … in a big way. To commemorate the anniversary of the delayed deadline, and the start of the home stretch to implementation, RelayHealth Financial published another cartoon.
Atlantic Health System CIO Linda Reed talks candidly about her three biggest challenges this year and why healthcare CIOs may be the busiest and most stressed CIOs in the United States.
To say that some people are passionate about ICD-10 is an understatement. One person who puts the passion into the mission is RelayHealth Financial ICD-10 Director Joshua Berman, who we cornered at ANI in Las Vegas for quick, unscripted video interview. Berman shares his thoughts on ICD-10 readiness, the deadline delay, and what healthcare providers should be doing now (not later). His advice: Don’t procrastinate – move forward and be ready.
Community Healthcare System (CHS), serving northwest Indiana, is composed of three non-profit hospitals that were all looking for technical help to improve the quality and cleanliness of their claims. Knowing that the registration process was becoming more and more complex, they sought a solution that would help their upfront staff both increase their registration data accuracy and allow them to apply their own custom rules to help solve downstream claims issues.
Quick show of hands: How many providers love the manual processes involved in authorizations?
From the absolutely enormous exhibit hall to the wide variety of talks available during the conference, last week’s HIMSS provided a wealth of information and stimulation for new ideas.
We recently got some exciting news—exciting because there’s nothing more important to us than ensuring our customers are successful. In fact, keeping customers happy should be the most important objective of any organization. And there’s one metric above all that shows if your company is achieving that goal: customer satisfaction.
The concept of risk is not novel to healthcare. As a physician, I think about the risk of a complication or adverse event every time I prescribe a drug or order a procedure for an individual patient. These concepts were drilled into me during medical school and residency. The concept of risk in managing a population of patients, however, is a novel concept to most physicians and health systems. Providers in a fee-for-service world could simply focus on each individual patient as he or she walked through the door.