RETHINKING REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT

Transitions fail when schedules are emphasized over readiness to implement a new process or technology

As revenues decline and consumerism rises, managing the revenue cycle effectively has become increasingly challenging for today’s healthcare leaders. Here, Joe Polaris, senior vice president of product and technology, and Wesley Arnett, executive vice president of deployment for R1 RCM, discuss options healthcare leaders have in outsourcing revenue cycle functions, the challenges that come with such initiatives, and how a fully managed revenue cycle can better align with

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AI Is a New Must for Medical Software

It appears that artificial intelligence is an apple of discord in disruptive technologies. On the one hand, even those who create new products based on AI or implement it across their internal processes, are worried. “Artificial intelligence and robots will kill many jobs,” predicts Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba. IBM’s Ginni Rometty supports this grim statement, claiming that “100 percent of jobs will be somehow affected by technology.”

On the other hand, there is healthcare AI

 

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Pushing the Boundaries of Interoperability

Lewes, Del., is a busy coastal city whose population consists of year-round residents, inclusive of a thriving retiree community with snowbirds (folks who migrate to warmer climates during the winter), and tourists (summertime beach goers). Two years ago, Lewes local, Beebe Medical Group (BMG), presented athenahealth’s interoperability team with a major problem. Providers were having difficulty finding the relevant care story for patients during encounters, especially with its transient snowbird and tourist populations. There was a heavy reliance on the patient’s memory, fax requests, and the local HIE (DHIN) to learn about the patient’s history, and BMG needed an easy, reliable, and universal solution to improve patient care.

BMG is a part of a larger health system, Beebe Healthcare. While BMG manages its ambulatory practices utilizing athenahealth, there’s an additional piece to this puzzle—Beebe’s medical center, also owned by Beebe Healthcare, who utilizes Cerner to manage the inpatient facilities

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BEST PRACTICES FOR SWITCHING EHRS

If you’re thinking about changing your software you’re not alone. According to the Medical Economics 2017 EHR Report Card, 62 percent of physician respondents indicated that they had already switched EHR systems at some point.  High level physicians and admins almost always begin the transition process by asking “What are the best practices for switching EHRs?”

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The Benefits of Cloud Solutions in Healthcare

Rapidly advancing technology has changed the game for nearly all industries. The healthcare industry is no exception as it has been directly affected by this digital transformation. It is expected that the healthcare cloud computing market will double in the United States, from 5.7 billion dollars to 10.2 billion dollars by 2022. (BCC Research report). This shift greatly benefits both providers and patients as summarized below.

 

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Achieving MIPS Goals with Clinical Quality Measures

Clinical Quality Measures, or CQMs, are the data points that CMS utilizes to measure and track the quality of health care services provided to patients. Providers will soon need to submit this data and could potentially earn incentives based on the results.
Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how your practice can reach these goals using the right tool with your AC EHR.

How Does EHR Integration Benefit Primary Care Practice?

Primary Care is generally the first point of contact for most of the medical concerns. Primary Care includes four major specialty areas: Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics. Primary Care Physician (PCP) provides care and treatment for people of all age groups – ranging from infants and adolescents to adults and seniors. A Primary Care facility offers routine check-ups, preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment of an injury or illness, and management of chronic or complex medical condition. Your Primary Care Physician can refer you to a Specialist for further evaluation in case of any complexity or serious ailment.

The primary care team also consists of nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers who aid the PCP in delivering quality care. All these aspects of primary care contribute towards making it an increasingly complex

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