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Overcoming Rural Hospital Revenue Cycle Management Challenges

RevCycleIntelligence Despite serving as a critical healthcare safety net for millions of patients, many rural hospitals are constantly on the brink of closing their doors due to a number of revenue cycle management challenges.  Eighty-two rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and many more are considering shutting down because of low operating margins, challenging patient populations, and provider shortages....


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Patient Pre-Registration Tips for a Quality Consumer Experience

PatientEngagementHIT Patient pre-registration is a key strategy for improving the onboarding and intake process, which can often get bogged down with complicated data collection and administrative tasks. By collecting patient intake materials ahead of the appointment,...

For Opioids and Substance Abuse, Big Data Analytics Is Just the Beginning

HealthITAnalytics Fentanyl, heroin, prescription opioids, and a growing number of synthetic drugs killed more than 50,000 Americans in 2016.  It is a statistic that is hard to compute –numbing in its scope and staggering in the sheer complexity of trying...

Benefits, Challenges of Secure Healthcare Data Sharing

HealthITSecurity The continued push for nationwide interoperability has helped fuel the growth of secure healthcare data sharing. Covered entities and business associates are exploring how to enhance patient care by engaging in health information exchange (HIE),...

Navigating the Hype of Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Companies

HealthITAnalytics Few phrases in the healthcare IT world conjure up quite as much excitement as “artificial intelligence.”  Sweeping through vendor marketing teams like a tidal wave of opportunity, nearly every technology company has at least...

How to Build a Successful Healthcare Mobility Solution

HITInfrastructure Mobile devices are a significant part of health IT infrastructure as users look for the most convenient ways to use devices to treat patients. Building a healthcare mobility solution is key to ensuring the devices are fully supported and functioning...

Maximizing Revenue Through Clinical Documentation Improvement

RevCycleIntelligence Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is the process of enhancing medical data collection to maximize claims reimbursement revenue and improve care quality. In addition to its impact on patient care, the quality of data generated within the...

Prioritizing Data Security Strategies for Health IT Infrastructure

HealthITSecurity A secure yet accessible health IT infrastructure is a fundamental requirement for all healthcare organizations.   As providers adopt more digital technologies, including electronic health records, data warehouses, advanced wireless networks,...

Strategies for Rural Patient Healthcare Access Challenges

PatientEngagementHIT Amidst the sweeping plains and endless farmland of rural America, residents face a pressing and pervasive problem. With providers so few and far between, patients face considerable difficulty accessing healthcare. According to a leading advocate...

Epic Systems: Machine Learning Is the EHR Usability Solution

HealthITAnalytics A public appearance by Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner is always a big event for the health IT industry, and nothing is bigger for Epic than the electronic health record company’s annual user group meeting. With 9000 thousand...

Why Cloud, Virtualization Are Key to Healthcare Infrastructure Strategy

HITInfrastructure The healthcare industry’s transformation isn’t just taking place in consult rooms, retail clinics, or EHR developers’ office buildings.   Health IT infrastructure - the engine that drives clinical, operational, and administrative...

Using Visual Analytics, Big Data Dashboards for Healthcare Insights

HealthITAnalytics The need to make sense of big data is quickly becoming an imperative in the healthcare industry, demanding a degree of time, skill, attention, and resources that many providers simply do not have to spare.  While changing payment models...

Good Data, Better Value-Based Care Can Boost Population Health

RevCycleIntelligence With just 5 percent of patients accounting for nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare spending, hospitals and health systems have a significant opportunity to address a large proportion of their costs by improving the health of a relatively...

How HIPAA Regulations Apply to Key Patient Data Access Situations

HealthITSecurity Individuals have an inherent right to access their own health information. Patient data access can be a critical tool for proper care, but both providers and patients often face confusion about how HIPAA regulations impact the exchange and release...

How Open Source Software Benefits Health IT Infrastructure

HITInfrastructure Health IT infrastructure forms the foundation for everything that happens in a healthcare organization, from quality improvement and patient safety to financial sustainability and business intelligence. While many different health IT strategies...

What Are the Social Determinants of Population Health?

HealthITAnalytics Financially and clinically successful population health management programs must take much more into account than what happens to a patient while she is sitting on the exam table.  As the healthcare system’s responsibility expands...

How Payer Philanthropy Can Address Social Determinants of Health

HealthPayerIntelligence Rising healthcare costs associated with an increase in chronic diseases have led many payers to seek out strategies to get ahead of the spending curve while improving the overall health of their member populations.   As population health...

Key Strategies for Succeeding with Healthcare Bundled Payments

RevCycleIntelligence Healthcare bundled payments are a value-based reimbursement model that uses a single, comprehensive payment to address an entire defined episode of care. This alternative payment model has become a critical stepping stone for providers as they...

Integrating Patient Engagement Strategies into Specialty Care

PatientEngagementHIT Integrating meaningful patient engagement strategies into primary care is often cited as one of the industry’s greatest challenges, but specialty healthcare providers may face even more obstacles when trying to forge strong patient relationships....

Leveraging Business Intelligence for Healthcare Management

HealthITAnalytics Considering that the phrase “value-based care” is almost always immediately followed by a discussion about how to trim inefficiencies and improve patient outcomes, few industries are more in need of comprehensive insight into their...

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