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"Revenue Cycle Management"

Revving up for ICD-10 amid wheel-spinning

pointer By Rick Dana Barlow, Editor-at-large,
  Healthcare experts comment on the revenue cycle process.

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Three views on revenue cycle management

pointer By Jason Free, Features Editor, May, 2015
A survey of industry expert answers to questions relative to revenue cycle management.

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Modernizing your chargemaster

pointer By Micky Allen, Director of Revenue Integrity, University Medical Center, March, 2015
A brief case study of University Medical Center's chargemaster changes.

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Transitioning to ICD-10

pointer By Ken Edwards, Vice President of Operations, ZirMed, October, 2014
A discussion of preparations needed for the transition to ICD-10

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Three keys to successful RCM in 2014

pointer By Jim Lacy, CFO and general counsel, ZirMed, April, 2014
ICD-10, new payment models, HIEs will all impact revenue cycle.

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Untangling healthcare's Gordian knot

pointer By Mel Tully, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, VP of clinical services and education, Nuance Communications, December, 2013
The integrity of clinical documentation is vital to protecting an organization's bottom line.

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Availity logs record traffic at MGMA 2013 Annual Conference

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MGMA 2013 Annual Conference post-conference update

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Data in, audit insight out

pointer By Dawn Crump, October, 2013
Analytics improve RAC experience

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Great patient care begins at registration

pointer By Blair Baker, September, 2013
Collecting initial patient information is just the beginning of a hospital's integrated revenue management cycle.

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McKesson's MED3OOO and Pioneer Medical Group announce strategic partnership

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What executives need to know about the audit world

pointer By Lori Brocato, January, 2013
Coping with the challenges of recovery audits.

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Changing the odds of patient collections

pointer By Terry Douglas, Kareo, October, 2012
Personalized online payment solutions for RCM.

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Online bill payment 2.0

pointer By Mark Snow, October, 2012
Personalized online payment solutions for RCM.

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Eliminate charge disparity

pointer By Jaimie Masson, October, 2012

The quest for revenue recovery has never been more critical for hospitals. In an environment where every dollar counts, hospitals simply cannot afford mistakes in the revenue cycle management department, and this means particular attention is required in the claims and coding areas. To get it right in claims and coding, organizations need to ensure that their practices and processes are correct, and that they are being correctly implemented across all areas of the organization. In short, they need standards: processes and best practices that are leveraged across the system for the benefit of the entire enterprise.

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The perfect storm

pointer By Anne Brown, October, 2010

brownToday, more than ever, healthcare providers across the board are experiencing a minimum 10 percent rise in their self-pay accounts, accumulating more than 20 percent of overall accounts receivable. Historically, this rise has been fairly gradual and expected. Unlike before, however, there are more impactful forces in the market contributing to this phenomenon. Within the next four years, self-pay patient liability will be one of the leading receivables in healthcare. So what are some of the critical market drivers that are catapulting self-pay to the forefront?

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Rural healthcare system drops AR days and cleans up claims

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When the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) was formed in 2004, the organization's vision was to build a regional healthcare system that enhanced quality of life and resulted in healthier individuals. Likewise, Rayanna Moore, BSHM, MSOM, system director of revenue cycle, had a mission when she joined the organization in early 2008.


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Leverage business and clinical intelligence

pointer By Rose Higgins, July, 2010

Market consolidation has left payers with legacies of multiple, disparate systems and inconsistent data sets. Many plans have systems that exist in separate silos for various business functions; the systems are unable to routinely communicate essential data between them. This is evident in claims systems that were not designed to receive clinical information.

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Use standards-based approach for integration

pointer By Toni Skokovic, May, 2010

Blending with custom interfaces can yield efficiencies and shorten the time required to deliver diagnostic information to care providers.

Getting accurate information about imaging procedures to clinicians at various points of care can enable a healthcare organization to optimize the value of radiology studies, many of which incur significant costs. In the context of patient-centered care, participants across the care continuum should be able to effectively access, use and share information derived from radiology studies.

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Change Management Toy Story Style

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HMTGwinnett Health System reinvents revenue management with help from an unlikely hero.

Then Gwinnett Health System faced the challenge of reinventing its financial practices to deal with a changing healthcare industry, Cathy Dougherty could not stop thinking about a certain children's movie. The assistant vice president of revenue management had visions of "Toy Story" — a film that depicts the secret lives of action figures and stuffed animals — dancing in her head. Dougherty kept thinking that even though the movie is an entertaining, creative children's flick, the storyline contains a number of change-management lessons that could be applied in the healthcare setting. Leaning on the movie for inspiration and as a training tool, Dougherty led an initiative to reinvent the two-hospital health system's revenue-management practices. First, she selected a next-generation revenue-management solution that provides the bandwidth to deal with emerging trends in the healthcare industry. Second, she drove a comprehensive change-management program designed to reinvent revenue practices. As a result, the Lawrenceville, Ga.-based non-profit provider improved efficiency, enhanced patient service and bolstered its bottom line.


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Forecast 2010: Revenue Management

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The Next Evolution in RCM

By Tony Reisz, president, Ontario Systems

This year will bring an evolution to revenue-cycle management, bringing the focus to the front end of the revenue cycle to patient-access management. This is one of the last areas where hospitals can save substantial amounts of money.

By moving the revenue cycle to the beginning with patient access, healthcare organizations improve their upfront collections, set patient-payment expectations, manage denials and retrieve self-pay balances before the medical procedures take place. Patient-access management increases the bottom line by reducing the cost of healthcare and increasing the dollars collected. At the same time, it leads to improved levels of patient satisfaction.

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