Make no bones about it (yes, I just did that), the patient revenue cycle can be particularly challenging for orthopedic practices, more so than for many other medical specialties. Common orthopedic treatments and surgeries are some of the most common and expensive procedures out there, leaving many providers searching for a better way to get paid for their work while still remaining sensitive to the payment challenges faced by patients. For this post, we are going to take a closer look at the unique challenges faced by orthopedic practices when it comes to the revenue cycle.Read More
Take a look around in nature, and you will see thousands upon thousands of examples of symbiotic relationships between different organisms. Symbiotic relationships are those in which both parties experience mutual benefits. Think of the clown fish and anemone in Finding Nemo. As Health iPASS continues our mission to lead patient revenue cycle management we continuously seek this type of win-win relationship with those who swim in our same industry fishbowl.Read More
I don’t know about you, but I love watching the show Fixer-Upper on HGTV. There’s just something so satisfying about seeing an outdated and sometimes completely trashed house be transformed into something beautiful and functional. Have you ever seen an episode where nothing seems to go right, and the house turns out to have all kinds of hidden problems beyond the issues that are immediately visible to the eye? Host Chip Gaines goes to knock down an unappealing interior wall, only to find black mold lurking in the joists, or a rotten wooden is exterior is removed, revealing an infestation of—eek—termites! Now the homeowner is forced to dish out all kinds of additional money they were not ready to spend.
Regrettably, the healthcare industry is like that. Once you peel back the already flawed exterior, even more problems become evident, and on and on until it is apparent that the system is more broken than most even realize.
This issue is discussed at length in this May 2018 MedCity News "Medcitizens" article by our founder and CEO Rajesh Voddiraju entitled, “The Hidden Costs of Healthcare’s Hidden Costs.” The article begins by highlighting a disturbing trend that has emerged in the healthcare industry over the last ten years—small to mid-sized practices being forced to close their doors due to soaring costs and decreased revenue. The healthcare providers from these practices are then often absorbed by larger healthcare systems and hospitals.
Unfortunately, these large healthcare systems and hospitals simply do not provide the same level and quality of some types of preventative care, as evidenced by this study. Worst of all, the increased consolidation of medical practices may well lead to increased healthcare costs for everyone.
It’s mid-April, and spring is in the air. People love spring because it’s a time of renewal. Folks can walk down the same old street, but there’s a new sweetness in the air that makes them feel awake and alive. That’s why spring is the perfect time for us to introduce our new Health iPASS branding initiative.Read More
The news from Washington D.C. this week that a bipartisan effort is underway to increase healthcare price transparency and lower costs was quite timely and sure to be a topic of discussion at the 2018 AMGA conference in Phoenix, AZ. Couple that news with the recent TransUnion Healthcare analysis that revealed patients experienced an 11% increase in average out-of-pocket costs during 2017, rising from $1,630 in Q4 2016 to $1,813 in Q4 2017 and you have the perfect storm for an in-depth discussion on adopting modern patient revenue cycle tools to address the rising level of patient payments in healthcare. That's where we at Health iPASS enter the picture.Read More
The following guest post was submitted by Jason Meyer, CEO of Frost-Arnett. For more information on the Frost-Arnett/Health iPASS partnership, please click here.
The proliferation of high deductible health plans (HDHP) has resulted in a dramatic increase in the amount of healthcare that is paid directly from the patient. Per The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, in 2016 the average deductible was $1,478, up 49% from 2011. Further, it is estimated that 25% of Americans now have high-deductible plans and there is no signs of that slowing down. As the out-of-pocket portion of the overall healthcare bill has increased dramatically, so has the amount that healthcare providers write off and end up in the bad debt setting. This has CFO’s, Directors of Revenue Cycle and Physician Practice Managers looking for alternative ways to collect more from their patients at the time of service.
With over 125 years of experience, Frost-Arnett is intimately familiar with the issue of collecting patient balances and the growing issue it is presenting our clients. As such, we continually monitor the marketplace for alternative ways we can help our clients improve collections, reduce accounts receivable outstanding and increase cash flow. We were very intrigued by the Health iPASS solution from the moment that we met Rajesh and his team. The front-end of the healthcare system – especially in the physician practice setting - has been historically very inefficient in collecting the patient portion.
Typically that position is staffed by someone who has likely not been with the practice for a long time, has no incentive to ask for co-pays or past due balances and typically has not been trained to handle that process efficiently. Additionally, often the technology for the practice to estimate the patient pay portion of their bill is not present at the time of check in. So the point of service is not equipped to estimate and collect that amount at the time of the visit.
Topics: Patient Check-in, Revenue Cycle Management, Point of Service Payments, Patient Consumerism, The HealthiPASS Solution, Patient Check-In Kiosks, Patient Debt, Medical Billing, healthcare payments, patient pay
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
In today's digital environment, consumers can complete financial transactions through a variety of devices. With the growth of online banking and retail, most businesses have developed consumer-friendly billing channels, providing clear invoices and a selection of payment options.Read More