Hospitals reached steadier ground financially as they moved into 2024
Hospitals came into 2024 with some financial momentum, even as expenses continued to rise and pivotal decisions loomed. The year-to-date median hospital operating margin reached 2.3% in December, the high mark for 2023 and the 10th consecutive month in which margins were positive, according to monthly data from Syntellis Performance Solutions, part of Strata Decision…
Beneath the Surface: Three Questions you aren’t asking RCM Vendors (That Could Be Costing You Millions)
Download this white paper to view three major questions you should ask RCM vendors to find the best one in boosting your revenue cycle.
AI-powered coding automation: The state of the art and future direction
This roundtable discussion conducted at HFMA’s 2023 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee sought to understand both the opportunities and challenges that AI-powered coding automation poses for healthcare organizations.
Pharmacy transparency: a rising trend in the industry
After publishing my Nov. 29 blog, which delved into Cost Plus Drugs’ expansion into the specialty drug market, CVS Health revealed plans to streamline its pricing and sales approach for pharmaceuticals in retail pharmacies. This move by the pharmacy giant, which operates approximately 9,500 retail pharmacies, involves simplifying the reimbursement process for these pharmacies. The…
Buyer’s Guide: Patient financial engagement technologies
This whitepaper is a buyer’s guide to assist in understanding the benefits of how adopting new technology to increase patient financial engagement can improve the bottom line while improving the patient experience:
Why autonomous coding is having a moment in healthcare
Autonomous coding is growing in the healthcare industry, and the market is expected to reach $88 billion by 2030, up from $35 billion in 2022. Some expected outcomes of this include: Faster revenue cycle, less human intervention and improved patient satisfaction and care.
New approaches to nonclinical workforce management
Five healthcare leaders in revenue cycle management and patient access share their approach to workforce management in a remote and/or hybrid model and lessons learned along the way.
Driving dollars through data: An innovative way to improve self-debt collections
Recent industry trends indicate the challenge of self-pay collections within the revenue cycle management (RCM) space will continue to rise, driven primarily by the increasing number of consumers opting for high deductible health plans. Effective collections strategies require additional expertise to focus efforts where there is a higher return on investment. It’s time-consuming to chase…
Stemming the outpatient profit squeeze with a revenue cycle workflow gap analysis
Hospital and health system outpatient, outreach and ancillary services are often confined to EHR systems to manage their billing. Designed for bigger-ticket, lower-volume claims, these systems lack specific front-end intelligence, system connectivity, and automation necessary to efficiently manage these departments’ unique billing need. Too often, the result is an unnecessarily high number of submission errors,…
Patient access: The key to a healthy revenue cycle
As hospitals and physician groups face ongoing labor shortages and skyrocketing costs, maintaining effective Patient Access processes is critical. Ensuring efficiency and accuracy upstream helps prevent delayed reimbursement downstream—while supporting a positive patient experience. Download this whitepaper to explore the three patient access processes that can help protect revenue and improve the patient experience. Identify…