Revenue Cycle

5 opportunities to unlock revenue through better compliance management in the midcycle

Hospitals and health systems are facing unprecedented challenges. Inflation, rising costs and razor-thin margins have caused many to shutter service lines, lay off non-patient-facing employees or even close entire facilities. These drastic measures might be avoidable if organizations could find opportunities to improve financial viability in other ways. Identifying and addressing noncompliance in the midcycle…

HFMA December 11, 2023

With a new rule, CMS looks to crack down on states’ Medicaid disenrollment processes

In its latest effort to stem the ongoing wave of Medicaid disenrollments, CMS issued regulations describing its authority to penalize states for disregarding federal guidelines pertaining to the end of continuous-enrollment requirements. Published Dec. 6 in an interim final rule with comment period, the regulations took effect immediately and were based on provisions passed by…

Nick Hut December 11, 2023

10 Keys to Restoring Trust in Healthcare

The issue of restoring consumer trust in the U.S. healthcare system encompasses a wide range of concerns. Factors in the perceived loss of trust include anxiety and confusion over costs, entrenched inequity, a glut of misinformation about vaccines and other treatments, and data and privacy breaches. To examine the problem and explore solutions, HFMA’s 16th…

Nick Hut December 7, 2023

The best of 2023 from HFMA’s editorial team

The HFMA editors share their favorite content from this year and provide a glimpse of what's to come in 2024.

Erika Grotto December 4, 2023

Prior authorization in Medicare Advantage remains in the policy spotlight as 2024 regulations take effect

Healthcare policymakers and stakeholders continue to mull the need for guardrails to ensure optimal customer service among Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans. The American Hospital Association wrote a Nov. 20 letter to CMS stating that MA plans are looking to skirt policies designed to ensure straightforward coverage of essential healthcare services. These policies, finalized earlier…

Nick Hut December 1, 2023

Congress doesn’t seem to be mulling a fix for the 2024 Medicare physician payment cut

Congress has mitigated a scheduled Medicare payment cut for physicians going into each of the last three years, but relief does not appear to be on the way for a fourth year running. Medicare’s 2024 final rule for physician payments includes a $1.15 decrease to the conversion factor, amounting to a reduction of more than…

Nick Hut November 27, 2023

Proposed rule sets Medicare penalties for providers that commit information-blocking infractions

Hospitals and other healthcare providers would face penalties for knowingly engaging in information blocking, with the sanctions affecting their Medicare reimbursement, according to a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS. Published at the beginning of November, the rule implements some terms of the 21st Century Cures Act,…

Nick Hut November 17, 2023

Decoding revenue cycle management: Top coding questions providers ask

Quality coding is vital to a healthy revenue stream. Each member of the coding team must possess the skills and knowledge necessary to capture detailed and precise information regarding patient encounters, procedures, diagnoses and treatments. Because incorrect coding falls under the “fraud and abuse” category of the American Medical Association’s Principles of CPT Coding, penalties can…

HFMA November 13, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Health systems benefit from hike in use of patient portals 

Over the past few weeks, I have found these industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1.  Greater patient use of online medical records and patient portals could improve patient health and benefit health systems “Improved patient outcomes” and “significant health system benefits,” are likely results of more patients in…

Deborah Filipek November 13, 2023

CMS finalizes enhanced hospital price transparency requirements for 2024

Hospital price transparency mandates are set to become more stringent in the coming year as CMS seeks to strengthen regulations that have been on the books since 2021. Medicare’s 2024 final rule for hospital outpatient payments includes updates to the price transparency rules. Hospitals will need to post charge information using a more precise template,…

Nick Hut November 9, 2023
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