The home health industry has begun to brace itself for January 1, 2020, the first day of the new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the beginning of the Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) phase-out. Many home health organizations are expressing concern that the double-whammy of PDGM and RAP taking place simultaneously will seriously affect their cash flow and may cause some businesses to close their doors..
Data breaches have unfortunately become the norm, not the exception, but they remain no less troubling to consumers. It’s extremely important to keep your patients’ information safe and secure — that’s no surprise. If your practice or hospital is at risk for a breach, you need to take proactive steps to ensure security...
Manage the Damage of Data Breach Imagine this -- It’s a Friday morning and you’re sitting at your desk savoring the last drops of your morning coffee. A call is transferred to your office, so you answer the phone. Within the next two minutes, you learn that a patient has had her credit card information stolen, and it appears it may [...]
When patients are stretched financially, the bitter truth is that they need to choose which bills get paid and which don’t. Creating a constructive dialogue with patients makes it much more likely your office’s bills will make it to the top of the monthly list
If you are like most administrators, you view your income as a 'lump' of money that shows up on your monthly reports. However, unlike other industries where there is a single payment for a service, healthcare income is broken into categories, such as co-pays and coinsurance, that are paid at different times
Understand the basics of credit card processing compliance for medical offices 2019 is off to a fast start for health data breaches. According to HIPPAJournal.com, the Q1 2019 Health Data Breach Report in January 2019 had 490,937 healthcare records exposed, stolen or impermissibly disclosed. How does this affect healthcare credit card transactions? Credit card information is covered under HIPAA [...]
Although they are now common in many facilities, many patients are surprised when they discover they are under the care of a hospitalist You’ve just been admitted to the hospital – which is stressful in and of itself. Then you find out that your regular doctor, the one that knows you best, will not be taking care of you [...]
This model of care is increasing in popularity – here’s why When we step back to look at the big picture of primary care in the US, it is easy to see it is heading toward a breaking point. According to the Annals of Family Medicine, projected visits to primary care physicians are set to increase from 462 million [...]
Trends in Healthcare For most people, statements for doctor’s visits and hospital stays are confusing. It seems that each organization has its own unique format for the bill, and the language to tell you what to pay isn't always clear. Unfortunately, it is common for patient statements to create payment delays because the patient is confused about what and [...]
CMS launches Primary Care First to improve quality of care CMS recently announced a new payment model structured to improve and reward value and quality of care for Primary Care Providers (PCPs). The new program, called Primary Care First, is set to launch in January 2020. According to CMS, the motivation behind the initiative is the fact that the [...]