Category “Quality, Efficiency, Utilization”

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Could Scribes Reduce the Hidden Costs of Your EHR?

EHRs are taking a heavy financial toll on the healthcare industry. You know the upfront costs are significant, and there are also ongoing “hidden” costs that aren’t always obvious. Initial and continuous training, implementing upgrades, hiring additional staff and dealing with periodic outages are all expensive. But those may be…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
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Why Readmissions Happen, and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Readmission rates have long been considered a key metric for measuring hospital quality of care. But for the last few years, hospitals have had a substantially greater incentive for reducing them. These days, when patients who have been treated for certain specific conditions are readmitted within 30 days, hospitals get…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
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Old versus New: How You Can Update the Revenue Cycle

  Improving the efficiency of the revenue cycle is still being refined through technological advancements and by restructuring the documentation and billing procedures. Before the advent of integrated data collection technologies and real-time communication, the old way of generating claims and receiving payment was a much longer process than it…

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Posted In: General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
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3 Ways to Put a Positive Spin on CPC+

  Shared savings from the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative’s second round are up. To be exact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report a total of $57.7 million in gross savings were generated in 2015 by 481 primary care practices serving more than 376,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Although three of…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
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How Hospitals Are Reducing Readmissions

  Hospital readmission rates have dropped 8% between 2010 and 2015 — a big step toward more cost-effective, higher-value care. The big driver has been the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which targets avoidable hospital readmissions occurring within 30 days of initial patient discharge. With HRRP, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
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4 Key Steps to Make Coding and Billing as Coordinated as Your Care

  In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed new bundled payment models that continue the ongoing progress to shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals and clinicians to deliver better care to patients at a lower cost. This “better care”…

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Posted In: General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 24 January, 2017
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