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2016 Projected Trends in Health Information Exchange

The adoption and use of new technology is driving several new trends in the healthcare industry.  As the industry moves towards becoming more patient centric, interoperability and security measures are bound to progress at a steady pace.  One of the fastest moving trends, electronic health information exchange (HIE) will see an increased adoption by all providers along with a much greater interoperability between Federal and State agencies on one hand,

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Simple Steps to Improve your Revenue Cycle

If you look at your patient’s problem holistically, why would you not do so with your revenue cycle problems too?  Similar to the human body, where different organs work in tandem to keep the body healthy; in revenue cycle management different parties come together to keep the cycle healthy.  These would include the patient,

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Understanding Revenue Cycle Management

Revenue cycle is defined by the Healthcare Financial Management Association as “All administrative and clinical functions that contribute to the capture, management, and collection of patient service revenue.”  The term includes the entire tenure of a patient account – from its creation to the payment.  The process of revenue cycle flows into and affects each component of the system. 

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Difference between Medical Coding and Billing

Often mistakenly assumed to be the same, medical billing and medical coding are two very distinctly separate jobs.  Although there are many similarities between the two and small healthcare settings may entrust a single person for doing both the tasks; most medium and large healthcare facilities have different individuals responsible for the two different jobs. 

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Hospitals increase budgets for Health Technology

When Dr. Robert Schultz started his presentation to the Board of Directors of the hospital, he was not too confident on the outcome.  After all, as his Chief Financial Officer had pointed out, it was not easy to convince the Board to allow an increase of nearly 10 percent in their capital expenditure budget.  While it was true that the hospital was making large strides in population health management,

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Why is Population Health Management Important?

Population health management (PHM) is moving forward at a very rapid pace, due to the shift in healthcare priorities and related business models coupled with the ever increasing cost of healthcare and helped by the emergence and utilization of big data analytics.

Before we get to the issue of how population health management works,

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Choosing the right EHR

Technology is a two way sword – adopting the correct technology will reap you good rewards and high profits; however, choosing the wrong technology will bring down your efficiency and prove costly.  Selecting an Electronic Health Record system is a critical decision as it is a big investment for hospitals.  According to a recent survey by Software Advice,

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