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Are You Making These Costly Patient Collection Mistakes?

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Jun 22, 2017 6:00:00 AM

When attempting to collect from patients it is easy to make simple mistakes that could cost your practice money. Financial conversations can be stressful, and in order to make it as comfortable for the patient as possible representatives may be too accommodating and make arrangements that do not benefit the practice in order to maintain the patient relationship.

What is Harassment in Collections?

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Jun 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM

“Stop harassing me!”

Hopefully you have not had this conversation too many times in your attempt to collect a past-due balance from a patient, but chances are you or someone on your patient accounting team has heard this before.

Healthcare Data Security: Traditional Protection Could Make You WannaCry

Posted by Ali Bechtel on May 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 

In light of evolving threats - like the recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak - the data security industry is seeing a shift in approach from traditional signature-based tools to more behavioral analytics. This is a particularly important trend for the healthcare industry to follow given the targeted attacks many systems across the country, and throughout the world, have experienced in recent years.

The Business of Providing Care | FAQs about Credit Reporting Medical Debt

Posted by Ali Bechtel on May 11, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Whether to credit report your patients’ overdue medical debt is a business decision that must be made by healthcare leadership in every organization, from single-provider practices to health systems. It can be a difficult one to make when your organization is in the business of providing care.

How to Ensure Your Legacy (System) in a Patient Account System Conversion

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Apr 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Of the many emerging trends in the healthcare industry, one in particular is swiftly becoming the status quo. Hospital merger and acquisition activity jumped 70% from 2010 to 2015, and the trend is continuing upward toward a much more consolidated market. M&A is becoming increasingly critical to success as hospitals focus more on providing coordinated and cost-effective care in the face of lower reimbursement and more payer disputes. 

With the creation of more integrated health systems also comes growth for revenue cycle management software and services.

Obamacare, here to stay?

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Apr 6, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 

After more than a year of planning and months of crafting, the initial draft of the long-awaited American Health Care Act was released on March 6th. The bill was meant to deliver on President Trump’s campaign promise to make replacing the Affordable Care Act, unofficially known as Obamacare, a top priority.

Are Claim Denials Plaguing your Practice?

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Mar 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Insurance claim denials plague most hospital and medical practice billing offices, although to what extent can be hard to determine. There is a noticeable lack of information on the industry average for denied claims. Insurers are hesitant to release data about how often claims are denied, or for what reasons. So how can your billing staff know what to be on the lookout for when filing insurance claims?

When Can I Send a Patient to Collections?

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Mar 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

With so many regulations surrounding the collection of debt within the medical industry, it can be difficult to understand what your rights and requirements are as a creditor. One of the most frequently asked questions that we are asked is: When can I send a patient to collections?

4 Common Medical Accounts Receivable Problems & How To Fix Them

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Feb 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Are there consistent errors within your medical accounts receivable management processes that are restricting your organization’s cash flow? There are a few common problems that plague healthcare providers that can be avoided in a few simple steps.

Are you Managing your Team or Leading It?

Posted by Ali Bechtel on Feb 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

There is no denying that great leadership is the cornerstone of every successful organization. All of us have had managers: someone who is responsible for controlling our activities throughout the work day. Not all of us have had leaders.

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