Patient Needs and Retail Healthcare

Are hospitals ready to compete with retail healthcare chains and a growing perception that quality healthcare can be delivered inexpensively? One study says yes, and large chains like Walgreens are continuing to gather patients and offer services.

e hospitals ready to compete with retail healthcare chains and a growing perception that quality healthcare can be delivered inexpensively? One study says yes, and large chains…

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Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment and Process in 2018 and Beyond

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are springing up all over the nation and for good reason. Services provided at these facilities are low in cost and highly convenient for the patient. Learn about the financial and administrative changes from CMS for ASCs for 2018 and other ways ASCs are evolving.

TAmbulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are springing up all over the nation and for good reason. Services provided at these facilities are low in cost and highly convenient for the patient. Learn about the financial…

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The Future of Healthcare: New Obstacles and Ongoing Challenges

The future of healthcare is uncertain and dependent on several factors, such as whether or not the ACA will be repealed. No matter which healthcare delivery model prevails, certain challenges and obstacles are inevitable in the years ahead.

The future of healthcare is uncertain and dependent on several factors, such as whether or not the ACA will be repealed. No matter which healthcare delivery…

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Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions will Change the Future

As healthcare mergers and acquisitions continue at an alarming rate, it may come as no surprise that Aetna has a major corporation interested in buying them. However, which company that is comes as a shock to many.

As healthcare mergers and acquisitions continue at an alarming rate, it may come as no surprise that Aetna has a major corporation interested in buying them. However, which company…

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Population Healthcare Management: What are You Missing?

Effective population health management (PHM) is needed to help bring down health care spending and create a value-based system. Unfortunately, many hospitals and health systems are missing the mark. Do you know what PHM is and how to implement effective strategies?

Effective population health management (PHM) is needed to help bring down health care spending and create a value-based system. Unfortunately, many hospitals and health systems are missing…

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Regulations Change as Outpatient Surgery Center Use is on the Rise

As outpatient surgery center use continues to rise, as do the payment structures and regulations of these healthcare facilities. And, the tide is shifting for regulations and payments concerning these procedures.

As outpatient surgery center use continues to rise, as do the payment structures and regulations of these healthcare facilities. And, the tide is shifting for…

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The Future of Population Health Management Strategies and Solutions

Population health management (PHM) is a cornerstone concept that emerged from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has proven it’s here to stay – even if the ACA goes away. Because this is a valuable topic that will affect hospitals and providers for years to come, we decided to dedicate a blog series that explores the aspects of Population Health Management. The following is the first post in the series:

Population health management is a cornerstone concept that emerged from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has proven it’s here to stay – even if the ACA goes away…

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MACRA Challenges for Hospitals in 2018

What are the MACRA challenges for hospitals this year? MACRA is the title given to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) set forth by CMS in 2015. Because MACRA officially went into effect in January of 2017, now is a good time to see what’s working in the program and what’s not. Let’s review these MACRA challenges and the proposed rule intended to address some of these issues.

What are the MACRA challenges for hospitals this year? MACRA is the title given to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) set forth by CMS in 2015. Because MACRA officially went into effect in January of 2017, now is a good time to…

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Failure to Repeal the ACA Sparks Debate Over Medicaid Cuts and Single-Payer

Will Medicare and Medicaid spending be cut or only capped on future growth? Is moving to a single-payer healthcare system a possibility in the near future? We examine these questions that linger in the minds of healthcare leaders and finance officers in detail.

Will Medicare and Medicaid spending be cut or only capped on future growth? Is moving to a single-payer healthcare system a possibility in the near future? We examine these questions that linger…

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Ambulatory Surgery Centers Increase in Value-Based Care Era

Ambulatory centers for healthcare are in higher demand as patients seek out convenient and cost-effective medicine options. Healthcare organizations stand to benefit by opening more ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care clinics, as they are compatible with the new value-based payment model of healthcare. 

Ambulatory centers for healthcare are in higher demand as patients seek out convenient and cost-effective medicine options. Healthcare organizations stand to benefit by opening more ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care…

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Are Alternative Payment Models Working to Reduce U.S. Healthcare Spending?

We take a look at the current healthcare spending in the U.S. and examine how alternative payment models are designed to help reduce these costs. Then we will review recent articles that propose changes that would make alternative payment models more effective. 

We take a look at the current healthcare spending in the U.S. and examine how alternative payment models are designed to help reduce these costs. Then we will review recent articles that propose changes that would…

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Consumerism Impacts Patient Satisfaction: What Healthcare Providers Can Do

In a healthcare environment that is now centered around the consumer and customer experience, it’s more important than ever that healthcare providers get on board with strategies…

In a healthcare environment that is now centered around the consumer and customer experience, it’s more important than ever that healthcare providers get on board with strategies……

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MACRA Implementation Faces Significant Participation Challenges

The Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation officially began its implementation on January 1, 2017. We are now a few months into the roll-out, and significant provider participation challenges are coming to the surface. We review these hurdles and what actions can be taken to improve physician participation in MACRA.

The Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation officially began its implementation on January 1, 2017. We are now a few months into the roll-out, and significant provider participation challenges are coming…

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Hospitals and Value Based Healthcare Strategies

There is both uncertainty and emerging optimism for hospitals and value based healthcare.  Revenue cycle managers worry that this erodes hospital profits. But some hospital revenue cycle teams are embracing the new value model and finding solutions in analytics, end-to-end systems, and even telemedicine.

There is both uncertainty and emerging optimism for hospitals and value based healthcare.  Revenue cycle managers worry that this erodes hospital profits. But some hospital revenue cycle teams are embracing the new value….

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