Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Claims Reimbursement, Medicare, Medicaid

Practice Management

Vertical Integration in Healthcare Doesn’t Boost Care Quality

February 14, 2019 - A new study from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy shows vertical integration in healthcare has little to no impact on care quality. Performance on a range of measures, including hospital readmissions rates, was not significantly different for loosely affiliated independent practices and practices integrated into hospitals, revealed data on more than 4,400...


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Humana Brings Value-Based Care to Independent Practices in 3 States

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Humana is helping bring value-based care to independent practices in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Louisville, Kentucky-based payer announced a new value-based care arrangement with physicians in Aledade’s...

How Will Automation, AI Impact Healthcare Employment?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Increased use of automation and artificial intelligence is slated to replace millions of jobs and tasks in the near future. However, healthcare employment is relatively safe from automation, according to a new report from the Brookings...

Nurse Practitioners Earn a 6% Increase in Annual Compensation

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Nurse practitioners received a significant boost in compensation compared to other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), a new survey revealed. The survey of over 3,200 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including nurse...

Atrium Health Settles Anticompetitive Hospital Contracting Claims

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Atrium Health in North Carolina recently agreed to a settlement with the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the North Carolina Office of Attorney General that prohibits the health system from using anticompetitive hospital contracting terms...

Consumers Seek Care in New Settings for Lower Healthcare Costs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Consumers are generally comfortable with seeking routine care in healthcare settings beyond the hospital or their doctor’s office if the healthcare costs are lower, data from PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) showed. For...

Hospitals Want Practice Management Systems to Work with EHR, RCM

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals are seeking customizable practice management systems that integrate with their revenue cycle management and EHR systems, according to a new survey from Black Book Research. Thirty-six percent of hospital system executives said...

Patient Leakage Costs Most Healthcare Facilities 10% of Revenue

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare organizations are losing revenue because they are failing to properly mange referrals and patient leakage, a new survey shows. Forty-three percent of over 100 executives recently surveyed by Sage Growth Partners for Fibroblast...

Nurse Compensation Remained Flat Across Most Care Settings

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Nurses did not see a significant boost in average annual compensation in 2017, a recent survey of over 10,200 registered nurses (RNs), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) revealed. The average earnings of a full-time RN were $81,000 in...

Implementing a Patient-Focused Culture Good Business for Practices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Fostering a patient-focused culture was a top business strategy top-performing medical groups and practices implemented in 2018, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently reported. As part of its 2018 MGMA DataDive Better...

Patient Access to Care Falls As More Docs Look to Retire, Cut Hours

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Patient access to care could decrease as a greater number of physicians plan to cut down their hours, retire, or find a non-clinical job in 2018 compared to two years ago, a recent survey from the Physicians Foundation and Merritt Hawkins...

Less Than a Third of Docs Owned Independent Practices in 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Physicians are continuing to flock to hospital employment models rather than take on a private, independent practice, according to a new survey. Only about 31.4 percent of physicians identified as independent practice owners or partners...

Shift Admin, QGenda Top Physician Scheduling Vendors, KLAS Reports

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Shift Admin and QGenda are the physician scheduling vendors giving provider organizations their money’s worth for the time saved using the solution, KLAS recently reported. In a series of interviews with over 200 healthcare...

CFOs Expect Higher Hospital Labor Costs As Staffing Shortages Loom

by Jacqueline LaPointe

About 78 percent of healthcare finance leaders expect hospital labor costs to grow in the next 12 months as the industry faces a worsening shortage of healthcare professionals, a new survey shows. The survey of over 100 CFOs and...

Using Text Messages to Improve Healthcare Recruitment, Employment

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Getting qualified healthcare professionals in the door for interviews as quickly as possible is paramount for provider organizations facing a competitive healthcare recruitment and employment market. The healthcare industry is in the...

Providers Prefer Manual Nurse Scheduling Over Predictive Analytics

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Despite vendors offering predictive analytics and machine learning to support staff and nurse scheduling, provider organizations prefer manually developing their work schedules, a new KLAS report shows. The survey of executives,...

How Hospitals Bring in Revenue Through the Healthcare Supply Chain

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The healthcare supply chain is a cost center for provider organizations of all sizes. Through the supply chain, healthcare organizations spend money on the items and supplies they need to deliver the services that bring in revenue. As a...

255 Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Deals Announced in Q2 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare stakeholders announced 255 healthcare merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the second quarter of 2018, a new report from the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed. The 255 announced healthcare...

Quantifying Financial Distress to Stop Hospital Bankruptcy, Closure

by Jacqueline LaPointe

More healthcare organizations will face financial troubles, and possibly a hospital bankruptcy or closure, in the coming years as the healthcare industry undergoes major changes. Changes that will result in lower reimbursement rates, more...

Medical Liability Immunity Reduces Defensive Medicine, Costs by 5%

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that medical liability immunity can change how a provider practices medicine by decreasing defensive medicine use and its associated healthcare costs. Providers ordered...

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