Health iPASS Insights

Visit Us in Booth #9 at the Utah MGMA Conference and Learn How to Promote Price Transparency and Improve Patient Net Collection Rates

Posted by Mark McGregor on May 15, 2018 6:00:00 PM

A December 2018 report released by Price Waterhouse Cooper’s (PwC) Health Research Institute forecasted price transparency as one of the top 12 driving forces in healthcare in the coming year, and this prediction has proven to be quite accurate. While transparency in prescription drug costs appears to be on the horizon at the federal level, more and more states are enacting price transparency legislation for general healthcare and care-related procedures.

After a damning 2014 report by the Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute which gave 43 out of 50 states an “F” on healthcare price transparency, many states are moving to make a change. For example, Colorado’s Transparency in Health Care Prices Act, which went into effect in January of 2018, requires hospitals to post self-pay prices for the 15 most common procedures. As Health iPASS heads to the 2018 Utah MGMA conference, we can’t help but wonder how this recent legislation in Colorado will affect price transparency for its neighbor, Utah.

Adopting a revenue cycle management tool like Health iPASS can help your practice weather the storm as state legislation and consumer demand for healthcare price transparency continue to increase. Come visit Mark McGregor at Booth #9 at the Utah MGMA conference to find out how Health iPASS can help your practice provide greater price transparency while increasing your operating income, lowering collection costs, and boosting patient engagement and satisfaction.

Colorado’s 2018 price transparency legislation is only the beginning of this watershed year for healthcare. At the time of this post, at least 16 other states are working on ways to lower costs and help patients understand their healthcare financial responsibilities. No matter where you look, it appears that there’s a healthcare price transparency storm brewing, and it’s coming your way. It begs the question, where’s your umbrella? Read More

Topics: Patient Check-in, Revenue Cycle Management, Patient Consumerism, The HealthiPASS Solution, Financial Transparency

Crain's Chicago Business Interviews Health iPASS Founder & CEO  RajeshVoddiraju

Posted by Melissa Hornberger on Apr 20, 2018 9:37:13 AM

In an article posted April 19th, 2018 based on an interview with Health iPASS CEO Rajesh Voddiraju, Crain’s Chicago Business senior reporter John Pletz asks the question, “How much will you owe for that doctor's appointment?” This very question is what drove Rajesh to found Health iPASS after his own family was faced with medical billing frustrations due to a lack of clarity in the patient collection process.

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Topics: Patient Consumerism, The HealthiPASS Solution, Innovation

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

Frost-Arnett CEO Offers Insight on Strategic Partnership to Improve Patient Net Collection Rates

Posted by Jason Meyer on Feb 15, 2018 4:30:50 PM

FA.pngThe 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.
 

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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

7 Simple Strategies for Improving Patient Collections

Posted by HealthiPASS on Jan 17, 2017 9:20:00 AM

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:

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Topics: Patient Payments, Patient Consumerism, Financial Transparency, Patient Collections

Why Healthcare Consumerism Is Changing Medical Check-Ins

Posted by HealthiPASS on Jan 12, 2017 9:40:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Patient Check-in, Patient Consumerism

How a Patient Payment Collection System Impacts Consumer Confidence

Posted by HealthiPASS on Dec 16, 2016 12:13:41 PM

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.

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Topics: Patient Perspective, Patient Consumerism, Patient Check-In Kiosks

Eight Elements of a Software Solution That Meets Patient Needs

Posted by HealthiPASS on Oct 13, 2016 2:21:21 PM

Since the healthcare field is constantly evolving, it can be challenging to develop solutions that enable you to operate your practice more efficiently and provide a positive customer service experience for patients. Patients are making more decisions about their care than ever before. Providers need to incorporate best practices that encourage patients to partner with them in taking responsibility for their health. With an increasing emphasis on person-centered care, high-quality software should facilitate patient engagement. Patients who take an active role in their care have higher rates of recovery.  

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Topics: Patient Satisfaction, Patient Payments, Patient Consumerism

Consumer Deductibles Reset in January: What This Means For Your Practice

Posted by HealthiPASS on Oct 10, 2016 9:22:00 AM

As the effects of the ACA continue to ripple through the world of medical care, providers have seen their first quarter revenue cycle fall into disarray in recent years. Because patient deductibles reset in January, they'll face a use-it-or-lose it situation from now until the end of the year. Further, many deductibles have risen to levels many patients will find difficult to bear financially. Coupled with higher deductibles will be higher co-pays and possibly severe reductions in coverage for those whose insurance comes through an employer. What does all this mean for your practice?

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Topics: Patient Consumerism, Financial Transparency

Join Us For A 9-29 Webinar That'll Change How You Think About Patient Payments

Posted by HealthiPASS on Sep 27, 2016 10:57:55 AM

In the new healthcare economy, you can't afford to treat patient payments as an afterthought. With healthcare consumerism on the rise, those who don't optimize for self-pay payments will be left behind. David W. Johnson, author of Market vs. Medicine, joins us on Thursday,September 29 at 1 Eastern/12 Central to share his takeaways as a thought leader in healthcare market changes.

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Topics: Patient Payments, Patient Consumerism