Deborah Filipek

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Deborah Filipek

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Healthcare News of Note: DOL sues UnitedHealth Group subsidiary for claim denials

The U.S. Department of Labor recently sued UMR Inc., the nation’s largest third-party healthcare claims administrator, for denials involving emergency department services and urinary drug screening. Twenty-two of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals also made the publication’s honor roll, which recognizes hospitals for demonstrating exceptional breadth of excellence across clinical specialties. Substantial resources…

Deborah Filipek August 18, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: 10 drugs account for a large share of Medicare Part D spending

In total, Part D gross spending rose from $166 billion in 2018 to $216 billion in 2021.  In 2023, customer personal identifiable information costs organizations $183 per record and employee PII costs $181 per record.  Average length across all clinical notes increased 8.1%, from 4,628 characters in May 2020 to 5,002 characters in April 2023. …

Deborah Filipek August 11, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Healthcare expenditures decrease seen with shared patient-clinician decision-making and racial or ethnic concordance  

Shared decision-making plays an imperative role in reducing health expenditures by more closely aligning treatment decisions with patient preferences and values. Extreme heat events could be responsible for $1 billion in healthcare costs each summer in the United States, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study. The American Hospital Association urged the Senate HELP Committee…

Deborah Filipek July 28, 2023

Honor Roll: HFMA certifications were awarded to 1,883 members in Q2

HFMA offers eight certifications for members to validate their expertise and demonstrate their commitment to the profession. The HFMA certifications are as follows: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) – GCC, Certified Specialist Accounting and Finance (CSAF), Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI), Certified Specialist Physician Practice…

Deborah Filipek July 25, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Healthcare organizations continue to deal with turnover and workforce shortages

Over the past few weeks, I have found these industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals.      1. Physicians who say they are very likely to leave their current job are 15 times more likely to do so Healthcare organizations continue to deal with employee turnover and workforce shortages, according…

Deborah Filipek July 21, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: What were the most-read blogs during the first half of 2023?

The top Healthcare News of Note blog posts for the first six months of the year were a mixed bag in terms of topics, but all of them grabbed the most reader attention based on number of clicks: Seven hospitals were recognized for elevating nursing excellence and improving patient outcomes with Press Ganey’s National Database…

Deborah Filipek July 14, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: How Americans and healthcare organizations could benefit from a focus on health span versus life span 

Even though the average life span is 77.9 years in the U.S., Deloitte calculated that Americans are living just 65.9 years, or 85% of their years, in good health.  Eleven member institutions, organizations and individuals supported the Association of American Medical Colleges’ statement on the SCOTUS decision on race-conscious admissions.  Health spending through 2031 is expected…

Deborah Filipek July 7, 2023

An HFMA podcast episode wins top overall award, and hfm magazine earns a gold for general excellence

An episode of HFMA’s “Voices in Healthcare Finance” podcast and hfm magazine were honored June 27 at the SIIA 43rd Annual AM&P Network EXCEL Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. In total, HFMA took home seven awards. The podcast episode, “How avoiding an awkward waiting room conversation can contribute to better health among transgender people,” earned the…

Deborah Filipek July 5, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Nearly half of Americans live in areas with inadequate access to mental health workers

Although nearly 50% of Americans live in a mental health workforce shortage area, there are steps that can increase the workforce and prevent burnout among these professionals. The two health insurance coverage trends responsible for driving an increase in medical debt are inadequate healthcare coverage and high-deductible health plans. Forty-four healthcare businesses are among 200…

Deborah Filipek June 23, 2023

HFMA Enterprise memberships drive engagement, retention, independent study finds

Organizational memberships drive employee engagement, provide clear career development paths and reduce turnover, according to results published in an independent study commissioned by HFMA. Adding to the benefits of association organizational memberships that offer training and education versus a similar individual membership are the cost savings of buying in bulk, which can reduce training costs…

Deborah Filipek June 21, 2023