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Maximizing Provider Revenue with Payer Contract Management

RevCycleIntelligence Ensuring correct reimbursement in a timely manner is always at the top of a healthcare provider’s mind. But many provider organizations could be leaving money on the table with inefficient and infrequent payer contract management. Payer contracts contain fee schedules and reimbursement requirements, as well as the conditions payers must meet for timely reimbursement. Therefore, payer...


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Reconciling the Opioid Crisis with Delivering Quality Patient Experience

PatientEngagementHIT Every day, 115 Americans die after overdosing on an opioid. The rate of opioid-related deaths increased nearly threefold between 2002 and 2015, and heroin-related overdose deaths increased more than six times over during that same time period....

Picking The Right Telehealth Platform For a Small or Solo Practice

mHealthIntelligence For a small practice or solo physician, launching a virtual care platform might seem like a waste of time and money, especially in a climate where both are in such short supply. But telemedicine offers vital operational and clinical benefits...

How Hyperconverged Infrastructure Improves Health IT Functionality

HITInfrastructure Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a future-looking technology that can help organizations overcome the challenges of shoestring budgets, increasing demands for data access, and the need to remain flexible in an era of continuous innovation....

Hospital Utilization Management Can Reduce Denials, Improve Care

RevCycleIntelligence Utilization management in healthcare is commonly thought of as a strategy that payers employ to control resource use within physician offices and hospitals to keep healthcare costs down. However, hospital utilization management programs are also...

EHR Users Want Their Time Back, and Artificial Intelligence Can Help

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare is a world full of adages, aphorisms, and narratives.  From “first, do no harm” and the “triple aim” to “keeping the patient in the center of care” while snatching that “low-hanging fruit,”...

What Healthcare Providers Must Know About the HIPAA Security Rule

HealthITSecurity Healthcare organizations are facing increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks, which is pushing entities to remain vigilant in keeping protected health in formation (PHI) secure. The HIPAA Security Rule is a national standard that can...

Faulkner Guides Epic Systems from EHR to Comprehensive Health Record

HealthITAnalytics Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner has a reputation for big ideas. And with some of the top health systems in the country among her customers and around two-thirds of patients owning a current Epic record, the company and its leader tend...

Telehealth, mHealth Make Nurses Pivotal Presence in Healthcare

mHealthIntelligence Healthcare providers are finding that mHealth and telehealth programs designed specifically with the nurse in mind are improving clinical and workflow outcomes much better than a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Realizing that the nurse...

Incorporating Patient Engagement into Patient Safety Initiatives

PatientEngagementHIT Ensuring patient safety is a vital part of medical care and a key component of a quality healthcare experience. As healthcare professionals work to deliver care free of medical error, they are also recognizing the tremendous role patient engagement...

Planning for Data Backup, Recovery in Health IT Infrastructure

HITInfrastructure Healthcare data backup and data recovery are critical components of every health IT infrastructure. The inability to access data is a serious issue in healthcare. Organizations constantly face the possibility of data breaches, ransomware attacks,...

The Role of the Hospital Chargemaster in Revenue Cycle Management

RevCycleIntelligence The hospital charge description master, or hospital chargemaster, is at the heart of the healthcare revenue cycle, serving as the hospital’s starting point for billing patients and payers. A hospital chargemaster is a list of all the billable...

The Difference Between Healthcare Data Encryption, De-identification

HealthITSecurity As healthcare organizations invest in the latest technological advances for cost savings and better patient care, cybersecurity measures must also be considered. Healthcare data encryption and the de-identification of data are two essential methods...

Improving Pediatric Patient Experiences with Age-Appropriate Education

PatientEngagementHIT For pediatric patients and their parent caregivers, fear in a hospital is a normal thing. Young patients can experience sensory overload, parent and child are often separated during procedures, and there is the looming fear of an adverse health...

Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Services Expand Connected Health

mHealthIntelligence The emergence of asynchronous, or store-and-forward, telemedicine is giving rise to new platforms that stress collaboration and best practices over real-time, video-based treatment. Telemedicine is generally divided into three modalities: real-time...

Understanding Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

HITInfrastructure Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), sometimes called Hardware-as-a-Service, is becoming more popular as organizations migrate parts of their infrastructure to the cloud. Infrastructure delivered as a service can significantly cut back...

Pay-for-Performance Strategies for Independent Physicians, Small Practices

RevCycleIntelligence Pay-for-performance models aim to reward providers for high-quality care at lower costs. However, value-based reimbursement structures tend to require substantial upfront and ongoing investments and put practice revenue at risk, straining the...

Laying the Foundation for Strong Healthcare Risk Management

HealthITSecurity With cybersecurity threats becoming more sophisticated each day, healthcare organizations must implement necessary policies and procedures to keep sensitive data secure. A current and comprehensive healthcare risk management plan is a key component...

What Are Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine?

HealthITAnalytics Since the beginning of recorded history, healthcare practitioners have striven to make their actions more effective for their patients by experimenting with different treatments, observing and sharing their results, and improving upon the efforts...

Effective Nurse Communication Skills and Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In healthcare facilities, nurses can be found nearly everywhere -- at patient screenings, in nursing stations, and, most importantly, with the patient in the exam room or at the bedside. Nurses are on the front lines of patient care, making nurse-patient...

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