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Allyson Howard

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Paperless Billing Helps You “Get More Green” with Our Patient Revenue Cycle Management Solution

Posted by Allyson Howard on Jul 21, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Jim Henson’s beloved character Kermit the Frog famously said, “It’s not easy being green.” However, due to the technological advances in our modern society, going green has actually become simpler and more beneficial to businesses and consumers than ever. How can healthcare providers do their part? One significant step in the right direction is switching to a paperless billing and payment system.

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Topics: Patient Consumerism, patient pay, Paperless Billing

Cultivating Your Online Reputation to Boost Patient Retention

Posted by Allyson Howard on May 31, 2018 1:19:52 PM

I live in the Chicago suburbs, and during this time of year, everyone is outside working on their lawns. Right now, my lawn looks beautiful—lush and green, free of weeds and carefully mowed in attractive lines. Call me lawn-obsessed, but when I see a dandelion appear in the middle of my pristine lawn, I’m out there with a trowel ready to dig it up. As the summer gets hotter, our lawn must be watered as much as possible within the limits established by our town, so it doesn’t become a yellow, brittle mess.

Just like a suburban lawn, the online reputation of small businesses, including medical providers, must be judiciously maintained. Bad reviews can be like those pesky dandelions—no matter how pretty the rest of the lawn is, just a few of them can be what visitors to your home see first.

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Topics: Patient Perspective, Patient Satisfaction, Patient Retention, price transparency

Are Inefficient Patient Revenue Cycle Practices and A Lack of Price Transparency Damaging Everyone's Health?

Posted by Allyson Howard on May 13, 2018 3:03:05 PM

As a kid who was fascinated by science and machines, I was delighted to learn about the concept of the Rube Goldberg machine. If you don’t remember what a Rube Goldberg machine is, watch this video depicting a Rube Goldberg photo booth. I promise, you will be enchanted! A Rube Goldberg machine is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation.” These machines are often characterized by a long series of actions that finally loop around to complete a small task such as turning the page of a book or pouring breakfast cereal into a bowl. Rube Goldberg machines are classic fodder for the school science fair, intended to educate children about machines and entertain onlookers.

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Topics: Financial Transparency

Is Improving Your Revenue Cycle the Secret to Patient Retention?

Posted by Allyson Howard on Apr 18, 2018 7:38:12 AM

In a world where online bill payment has become the norm, the healthcare industry has woefully lagged behind when it comes to providing convenient and transparent billing and payment methods.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Patient Consumerism, Patient Retention, Medical Billing

The Millennials are Coming - How Will Your Practice Adapt to their Patient Revenue Cycle Needs?

Posted by Allyson Howard on Mar 18, 2018 10:59:15 AM

Let’s say for a moment that your medical practice doesn’t suffer from slow and ineffective patient revenue cycle management (RCM). Your patient net collection rates are a-ok, and you laugh in the face of insurance claim denials. Why should you care about updating your RCM to an innovative, user-friendly technological platform? 

One important reason is that millennials are coming, and this generation is slated to drive a massive sweep of change through the healthcare industry.

Millennials make up the largest portion of the American workforce, outnumbering even Baby Boomers since 2016. This huge group possesses an unsurpassed level of spending power for any generation in 2018-- $3.39 trillion dollars and rising. Even more important for your practice to consider is that millennials have been raised in a digitized world. They have come to expect and even demand the convenience and ease of handling most bill payment and purchasing online or through smartphone apps. Here are a few startling statistics regarding millennials and their approach to healthcare:

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Topics: Millennials