In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller of the perennial 80s favorite Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And oh, how true those words are, especially these days where today’s big news is tomorrow’s forgotten Instagram post. If you picked up 80s Ferris and dropped him down in 2019, he would be in for a serious culture shock. Pop culture has been changing so quickly, it could make you dizzy. However, some things are slow to change and catch up the expectations of today. One industry that is notoriously change resistant? Healthcare.Read More
You may have heard the phrase, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door," which is often attributed to Transcendentalist writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote embodies the power of innovation to solve even the smallest problems. But what if your problem was much bigger than a mouse? What if it involved an enormous industry that makes up 17.9 percent of the U.S. GDP, an industry where life and death literally hang in the balance? What if that industry was hemorrhaging money, with skyrocketing costs beyond any other developed country sometimes without the quality to justify such costs? You have likely guessed that we are speaking of the healthcare industry. The “mousetrap” here are the current efforts to increase healthcare price transparency. And you know what? Many providers need to do something better.Read More
As patient out-of-pocket expenses continue to rise, using the same old manual patient revenue cycle management (RCM) tools just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Did you know that after a patient leaves your office, there is only a 40% likelihood they will ever pay their bill? As the first post in our Health iPASS Features Spotlight Series, we are not going to begin at the beginning, but at the end, after your patient has walked out the door. Why? Because that is where the Health iPASS “rubber meets the road” - where our patient RCM solution makes a real difference in how (and how much) revenue your practice is able to collect from patients.Read More
Patients have begun to utilize patient portals as a means of better educating themselves on their own care and to more clearly communicate with their doctors. Patient portals have also played a key role to help optimize patient payments. The introduction of portals offers more convenient payment options for patients, helping to increase bill collections by 30 percent across medical practices. Have you adopted a patient portal at your medical practice? If you haven't, or your portal isn't performing as well as you expected, this post is for you.
What are Patient Portals
Patient portals are websites that allow patients to have 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an internet connection. With a username and password, the portals allow patients to:
• Schedule appointments
• Receive eStatements and pay bills online
• Review lab results
• Request prescription refills
• Check benefits and coverage
One of the most notable features of patient portals is that they allow direct, secure communication between patients and doctors. This is great for patients as it allows immediate interaction and feedback to help make more timely, informed decisions about their care.
Benefits of Patient Portals for Providers
We have already discussed what portals can do for the patient, but they are also highly beneficial for providers. Many providers see portals as the primary tool for engaging patients and boosting patient satisfaction, retention and loyalty. A successful working relationship between patient and provider is increasingly important, and portals provide the direct interaction that is needed.
Building and sustaining strong relationships between patient and doctor is essential to improving overall care delivery. As a result, a patient is far more likely to trust and return to a doctor that they have a previously good relationship with and, perhaps more importantly, refer another patient to that provider for care. Ultimately this leads to better health outcomes.
Additionally, patient portals can accelerate cash flow for providers. By allowing patients to pay via a portal, providers are more likely to receive payments in full faster and with greater frequency. Plus, portals provide a convenient way for patients to pay on their own devices without the inconvenience of having to write a check and find a stamp.
Health iPASS is excited to announce our newest partnership with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI), one of the largest orthopedic group practices in Illinois. Our team has been working hard to develop this relationship, and we are proud that a market mover such as IBJI has selected us as their patient revenue cycle solution.Read More