Accelerating the ROI of EHRs
Healthcare leaders should rethink their organizations' strategies for managing change associated with EHR implementations to gain greater value from these systems.
By Pam Arlotto
From the President's Desk
Expanding on thoughts in his February 2014 column in hfm magazine, HFMA's President and CEO Joe Fifer discusses the launch of the medical debt account resolution best practices, and the corresponding benefits to patients, healthcare organizations, and the account resolution industry.
Digging Deeper into Data
Progressive health systems rely on data analysts to improve clinical and financial performance and to help prepare for value-based care and population health management.
By Laura Ramos Hegwer
The Value of Direct Messaging
The potential of direct secure messaging (DSM) to reduce readmissions and costs could make it a powerful tool in an era of reform.
By Karen Wagner
Making a Move to an ACO
Enhanced workflow and technology enabled one physician organization to reach the next level of care coordination as an ACO.
By Gregory Spencer
Preparing for the True Risks of ICD-10
Too prepare for ICD-10, a healthcare organization should perform a self-analysis that includes modeling actual claims data to assess the potential risk posed by the new coding system.
By Jackie Hinderks, Jessica Vagle, Jill Wolf
Addressing Hidden Financial Risk
Hospitals require effective strategies to identify and respond to claim denials. Using automation to alert revenue cycle staff of denials and manage underpayments and the appeal process can help.
By Jan Kruger, Valerie Barckhoff
Best Practices for Resolution of Medical Accounts: An Overview
By adopting a consistent approach to patient billing and payment collections, providers can improve the payment experience for patients and resolve outstanding medical accounts fairly and equitably.
By Karen Thomas
Overcoming Barriers to Physician Adoption of EHRs
Because success in implementing an EHR will depend largely on physicians' willingness to adopt the technology, hospitals first evaluate physicians' level of resistance to the initiative.
By Stuart M. Hochron, Paul Goldberg
Web Extra: Assessing Physician Receptivity to Adopting the EHR: Survey Areas of Focus
Web Extra: New Tools for Physician Engagement
8 Critical Steps for a 2-Midnight Compliance
To prepare for the two-midnight rule, organizations should embed questions from the optional certification form within electronic orders, educate physicians, and empower utilization review teams.
By Day Egusquiza
Accountable Primary Care: A Critical Investment
Hospitals and health systems should invest in primary care physicians to secure market share, develop compensation plans with a value-volume balance, and establish ways to actively manage referrals.
By Marc D. Halley, Pete Anderson
From the Chair
Measuring the Return on Information
A new leading-edge tool can help providers establish the costs and benefits of investments in EHRs.
By Steven P. Rose, FHFMA, CPA
From the President
Improving the Medical Account Resolution Process
Patients deserve to be treated fairly and consistently when it comes to payment.
By Joseph J. Fifer FHFMA, CPA
From the Editor
A Tip of the Hat
Many people deserve thanks for their part in making hfm, a highly valued and successful publication.
By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief
Eye on Washington
The March to Consumerism: The Evolution from Patient to Active Shopper Continues
As employees and health insurers increasingly couple high cost-sharing benefits designs with transparency tools, individuals will behave more like consumers and less like patients.
By Chad Mulvany
A market shift toward self-funding could present new opportunities for healthcare organizations interested in market repositioning and gaining experience with population health management.
By Katherine M. Eyestone, Keith D. Moore, Dean C. Coddington
Emerging Opportunities for ACO Reduction
The pursuit of cost savings among ACOs has sparked interest in improved management of high-cost and chronic diseases and of areas where delivery is at greatest risk of breaking down.
By Ken Perez
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5 Ways to Avoid Noncompliance with Privacy Laws
Compliance with the HIPAA and the HITECH Act is critical to mitigate risks of privacy violations related to compromised protected health information.
By Rachel V. Rose
Deductions and Uncompensated Care
Continuing trends on deductions from hospital revenue and other data points indicate how challenging it will be for hospitals to achieve greater returns on revenue cycle initiatives.
By Phil Gaughan, David Koepke
Publication Date: Monday, February 03, 2014