Medical practices in Utah must adhere to the new Healthcare Debt Collections Amendment (HB128), requiring healthcare providers not to send any unpaid patient bills to collections or report them to a credit bureau without following a new notification requirement.Read More
Unfortunately, patient debt equates to reduced revenue with high risk of non-recovery, so it's wise to help patients avoid accumulating medical debt. Most patients want to compensate their healthcare providers, but many find it increasingly difficult in these days of high deductible, high co-pay plans that already come with substantially higher price tags. In a 2011 report published by the medical financial consultancy, Deloitte, it was noted that, "Health Reform endeavors to increase the number of Americans who have health insurance. While this is great, what is concerning is the increase in bad debt from patients with insurance. In fact, the bad debt attributable to insured patients is steadily increasing over the past 3 years." These last six years have proven that this trend shows no sign of abatement.Read More
As a healthcare professional, you want to deliver the very best care and experiences to your patients, but you also need to do right by your business. If you haven't set your practice up for success by employing patient collection best practices, your revenue cycle management (RCM) processes are likely forcing you to lose out on essential income.
If you're trying to improve patient collections in your medical organization, take a look at these seven simple strategies:
Today's healthcare consumerism focuses far more on patient control in their treatment and medical decisions.. There are a number of reasons for the shift from patient to consumer, from the reforms to bring about more value-driven care to the fact that patients today are paying far more out of pocket. While you can discuss the reasons behind these changes infinitum, the current overwhelming data shows that organizations that thrive have changed their protocol to a more consumer centric approach. The patient check-in protocols represent simple initiatives your organization can institute which make a tremendous difference in consumer satisfaction.Read More
It seems like just yesterday we were talking about last year's successes and making plans for 2016. Somehow, 12 months came and went, and here we are at the beginning of another new year!
Naturally, great medical RCM and financial leaders have likely been in budget and forecasting modes for the past weeks or months, so the changes that may come with the approaching new year aren't likely going to be a huge surprise to your practice. That said, it's not always about balance sheets and income statements if you're trying to set your medical practice up for a successful future. (Although, well-thought-out goals will absolutely facilitate financial happiness for your healthcare organization.)Read More
Topics: Medical Billing
The healthcare industry has seen enormous changes in recent years. Of course, legislative policies have played major roles in making medicine what it is today, but the changes seen in this industry are far more reaching than anything Congress and Senate can bring to the table. Technology has single-handedly turned healthcare upside down, offering benefits and advantages to everyone involved. Practitioners and patients alike now enjoy more conveniences, fewer errors, and overall more delightful experiences as a result of the things technology has given us.Read More
The outcome of the recent Presidential election has left healthcare providers and patients wondering how Donald Trump's rise to the Oval Office will impact healthcare, especially considering his plans to amend the Affordable Care Act. Initially unveiled during the campaign, Trump's healthcare reform outline includes seven provisions that could have a significant impact on costs and availability of services.Read More
An effective patient payment collection system is a necessity for your healthcare organization's revenue cycle management. There's no question that the current trend in healthcare means that patients are paying a higher percentage of their own costs. For healthcare organizations and small practices, this means that the financial solvency of the organization relies on patient payments. In the past, these models often focused far more on payment through insurance and government funding. Securing patient payments isn't just about the financial bottom line. It also impacts healthcare consumer confidence.Read More
In a perfect world, we could all have everything we want. Alas, this will never be the case, but for medical providers looking for better revenue cycle management, insight into patients' minds may be the key to unlocking successful financial models.Read More
It’s a difficult time to be a healthcare practice - which will still be true in 2017.
Collecting from patients, who are often paying out-of-pocket expenses, is a totally different process than collecting from insurance payers. Patients want different things -- they crave clarity, like to evaluate options and value user experience. We'll have to get used to patient payments: 74 percent of providers saw an increase in patient financial responsibility in 2015, according to InstaMed’s trends report.Read More