It’s springtime again, folks! I don’t know about you, but I’m getting the home improvement itch! When I’m working on a project, I love using tools that have multiple capabilities through different configurations and attachments. You get a lot more bang for your buck, the different tool capabilities complement and enhance each other, and you only have to haul one box out of the shed! At Health iPASS, we love our channel partners because they allow our platform and theirs to do just that—increase the functionality of each organization’s technology and strategically leverage each other’s networks to increase our market reach.Read More
It's no longer a secret that medical practices across the country continue to struggle with collecting patient payments. By now, most of us know that the rise of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) are straining patients' wallets and pushing the need for providers to not only be more transparent about what patients owe up-front and post insurance claim adjudication, but also offer more flexible payment options and the ability to leave a payment-on-file for a specific encounter.
Quickly doing the math would lead one to realize that medical practice specialties providing services that result in high out-of-pocket patient expenses are more at risk from the repercussions of not modernizing their patient revenue cycle with technology that automates, increases price transparency into the cost of care, and presents more payment options including the ability to leave a payment-on-file and pro-actively set up payment plans for large balances.
Relationships are important in any place of business. While we here at Health iPASS continue to form good working relationships with many medical practices around the country to help optimize their revenue cycle management and collect more patient payments, one of our most important relationships is not with a client at all. Health iPASS is a member of Matter, a healthcare incubator located in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
What is Matter?
Matter is a Chicago-based healthcare incubator that assembles the brightest minds in health IT across the world working in every sector of healthcare: digital health, biotechnology, diagnostics and therapeutics. According to its website, in order to become a member of Matter, a company must be attempting to solve a meaningful healthcare problem, have the right entrepreneur or team in place to be successful, and have a compelling business strategy that Matter can help accelerate. Over 300 healthcare companies, including Health iPASS, have met these criteria and are now members.
There are several advantages that come with a Matter membership. Matter provides companies with a network that connects entrepreneurs with active investors and decision-makers from all different areas of healthcare. Getting feedback early on can often make or break startups, so Matter has mentorship programs for entrepreneurs, connecting them with some of the experts in the healthcare industry. Several Health iPASS staff members participate in the mentoring program to help others understand the most important aspects of working in the healthcare revenue cycle management ecosystem.
Additionally, Matter provides educational workshops as well as a host of seminars and events throughout the year. Our Venture Acceleration program helps startups build financial models, speed product development and raise capital. They also do not take equity in any of the startups they support. This allows Matter to provide companies with a neutral, unbiased approach toward improving our community members.
Chicago as a healthcare leader
We became a Matter member because we want to be a part of the vast Chicago health IT landscape. As experts in helping medical practices redefine patient revenue cycle management , we knew that our membership would positively contribute to our evolution as a market leader. In September 2017, the Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3) reported that healthcare comprises $69.7 billion, or 12.2 percent of Chicago’s economic production, making Chicago a major hub for the healthcare industry. Chicago also has a plethora of resources and incubators, like Matter, that help entrepreneurs gain capital and promote their brand.
Perks of Health iPASS being a Matter member
Being a Matter member has enabled us to exchange ideas and secure unbiased opinions and advice on our mission, what we do, and how we can improve upon what we have already built. Additionally, We have become more involved in collaborating with many of the healthcare leaders at Matter. We have become more active and engaging participants in the group, sharing our own wisdom and knowledge on revenue cycle management with the Matter community.
The collaborative environment has been beneficial for all involved. It has given us the ability to share ideas freely and easily, while also knowing that we are getting fair and honest feedback from some of the area’s premier healthcare professionals.
Chicago is a major healthcare hub and we are taking advantage of resources like Matter in order to leverage the knowledge and expertise of a diverse community. By seeking assistance and collaborating with some of the brightest minds in healthcare through our membership with Matter, we have been able to share our vision with several healthcare individuals and increase our footprint in the Chicago healthcare market and beyond. Matter might not be a big-name client, but through our membership, we are continuing to see how we can improve and refine our patient revenue cycle management solution as the market evolves.
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