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

Revenue Cycle Optimization

4 Hospital Business Models for Consumer-Centric Healthcare

October 15, 2018 - When a member of Gurpreet Singh’s family broke his wrist, they didn’t go to a hospital emergency room or an academic medical. Instead, the family headed to an urgent care center to triage the situation and develop a care plan. That choice between going to the hospital or an urgent care center is exactly why hospital business models need to change in the current healthcare...


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End-to-End Revenue Cycle Management Key to Success at Ascension

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The healthcare revenue cycle contains many moving parts. Hospitals and health systems typically rely on a patchwork of technologies and best practices to ensure everything from patient access and registration to medical billing and...

Hospital Financial Performance Lags with Revenue Cycle Outsourcing

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Revenue cycle outsourcing may not be the financial answer hospitals are looking for, according to a recent analysis from the public accounting, consulting, and technology firm Crowe. The analysis of data from more than 1,000 hospitals...

Docs Could Avoid 34% of Out-of-Network Patient Referrals with Data

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Providers recognize the importance of making in-network referrals for care coordination and patient retention. However, 79 percent of physicians still refer patients to other providers outside their health system’s network, a new...

Revenue Cycle Management Integration Boosts the Bottom Line

by Jacqueline LaPointe

When you ask a provider which EHR system he uses, you expect to hear a single vendor, such as Epic, Cerner, or MEDITECH. But when you inquire about a provider’s revenue cycle management system, you are likely to get a laundry list of...

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...

Finding a Revenue Cycle Management System for Post-Acute Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Post-acute care has become a major focus as providers, payers, and policymakers attempt to cut healthcare costs and improve long-term patient outcomes. However, the revenue cycle management space is dragging its feet when it comes to...

Healthcare Cost Control Rises to Top Hospital Exec Priority

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare cost control rose to the top of hospital leader priority lists, bypassing revenue growth for the first time, according to the Advisory Board’s most recent Annual Health Care CEO Survey. The survey of 146 C-suite...

80% of Hospitals Vetting Full Revenue Cycle Management Outsourcing

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Approximately 80 percent of hospitals leaders in a new Black Book survey said they were vetting or considering outsourcing full revenue cycle management by 2019. The demand for revenue cycle management outsourcing is also significantly...

Epic EHR, Cerner Dominate Patient Accounting System Conversions

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare organizations are starting to implement new patient accounting systems to achieve clinical integration, and most are going to Cerner or Epic EHR for the revenue cycle management technology, according to the Patient Accounting...

Real-Time Insights into Nursing Workflow Maximizes Productivity

by Jacqueline LaPointe

An elderly patient presses the nurse call button to get assistance with standing up and using the toilet, while another patient in the next room presses the button to get help with changing the TV channel. Further down the hall, lights...

OR Efficiency, Machine Learning Boosts UCHealth’s Revenue by $10M

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Moving from traditional block scheduling for the operating room (OR) to more of a service-based system that used machine learning maximized OR efficiency and increased revenue by $10 million across UCHealth’s University of Colorado...

Transforming the Hospital Laboratory into a Profit Center

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospital and health system executives are missing an opportunity to maximize revenue cycle and operational success by viewing the hospital laboratory as a cost, rather than profit, center, explained Charles Wilson, MHA, Vice President of...

4 Key Ways to Improve Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management

by Jacqueline LaPointe

“There is always room for improvement” should be healthcare revenue cycle management’s mantra. Declining claims reimbursement rates, the shift to value-based purchasing, and evolving health policies keep revenue cycle...

How Did Providers Respond to Demand After the Affordable Care Act?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Provider organizations employed additional staff, especially advanced practice clinicians, and expanded facilities and hours in response to increased care demands from more insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, a new Urban...

Federally Qualified Health Centers Troubled By Rising Competition

by Jacqueline LaPointe

About 61 percent of leaders at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) anticipate competition to rise in the next year, threatening their revenue cycle and financial stability, a recent Sage Growth Partners (SGP) survey revealed. The...

Key Strategies for Health Systems to Achieve Economies of Scale

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Companies from across industries use economies of scale to realize cost savings. While hospitals and health systems are borrowing the economic concept to reduce spending, many healthcare organizations have encountered challenges with...

Exploring Key Components of the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The healthcare revenue cycle encompasses “all administrative and clinical functions that contribute to the capture, management, and collection of patient service revenue,” according to the Healthcare Financial Management...

NYC Health’s ERP System to Bring Business Ops to Digital Age

by Jacqueline LaPointe

From payroll and workload management to orders and purchasing, health systems manage a myriad of back-end business operations, using a combination of automated systems as well as manual processes associated with each function. The web of...

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