End of the calendar year buzz is all around us, yet again. This year, the tossing out of the old calendar is going to have special significance after the challenges of 2020. Are you ready for some good news? I know I am. Good news is my favorite!Read More
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Throughout history, the basis for what made the world go ‘round (read, fueled the economy) has evolved over time. For many centuries, it was agriculture, then industry/manufacturing. These days, services are accounting for more and more of the world GDP — in fact increasing at a faster rate than other industries. Think about all the services you, your family, or your business uses. I’m not just talking about what you would obviously think of as services, like getting service on your car or at a restaurant, but also any business that provides an electronic or digital service like your wifi, logistical services like UPS or any trucking carrier, or computing service like hosting your information in the cloud. Another trend that has been emerging within the service industry itself is a shift from a fee-for-service model to a pay-for-performance, or performance-based contracting model. But what does that mean and is it a better model?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
It's no longer breaking news that medical practices across the country are struggling to keep pace with collecting rising patient payments in the era of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and rising out-of-pocket expenses. A recent athenahealth network study, for example, found that practices collect about 40 percent of patient balances at the time of service when patients owe less than $35, and just 6 percent of what they're owed when the patient's balance is over $200. Couple that with the fact that 30 percent of patients leave the office without ever paying their bill and 60 percent of all patients never pay their medical bill once they leave the office and it's clear that providers need a new approach to managing the patient revenue cycle.
Patients represent the most difficult demographic to collect from and in an era of rising healthcare consumerism, are much more cognizant of the cost of care and their choices on who should administer that care. Patients are also beginning to expect cost of care estimates both before, at, and after the point of service, and are demanding more convenient ways to pay for the cost of care - all factors that feed into the notion that the psychology of patients is changing and providers would bode well to respond to that change by re-evaluating their existing patient revenue cycle strategy and implementing changes that speak to these behavior shifts.
The simple fact of the matter is collecting money from patients once they leave the office is expensive, especially when a balance may be owed post insurance claim adjudication. That's why so many medical providers are evaluating revenue cycle solutions that can capture a payment-on-file at the point of service to cover these balances thereby lowering accounts receivable (A/R), days in A/R, and the overall cost to collect.
Since dermatology medical providers have one of the highest out-of-pocket cost estimates for patients, the need to modernize the patient revenue cycle through automation, higher levels of price transparency, and the ability to leave payment-on-file is particularly acute. That's why we will be attending the annual Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers Conference this week in Washington, D.C., speaking with practice leaders and offering live demos of the Health iPASS patient revenue cycle solution to providers committed to making fundamental and sustainable changes to the way they collect patient payments.
Attending the ADAM conference this year? Stop by Booth #28 and see me to talk about strategies that can improve your patient revenue cycle and lower the cost to collect. Won't be able to make the conference? You can always see a demo of the Health iPASS patient revenue cycle solution by clicking "Schedule a Demo" below.
Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Credit Card on File, Patient Payments, Patient Consumerism, Medical Billing, Dermatology, patient net collection rate, improve patient collections, provider bad debt, optimizing patient payments, patient payment, patient bad debt
Are you like me with all kinds of items languishing on your Amazon wish list, or even in your cart, just waiting for you to have the cash to buy them? Do you also possess an encyclopedic knowledge of state and federal regulations that affect your patient revenue cycle and have just been yearning for a chance to put your knowledge to the test?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.
Earlier in the month of December, Rajesh moderated our most recent Health iPASS webinar, a panel discussion centered on strategies to help medical providers collecct more patient payments in 2019. Rajesh presided over an impressive panel of healthcare experts that included John Hornberger, CEO of Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County, Eric Brodsky, Principal at Epoxy and Executive Director of Illinois MGMA, and Joe Clark, CEO of Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. Rajesh moderated the discussion on the future of healthcare and how the “status quo” of paper statements and lack of technology use is a thing of the past. If you missed that webinar, a recording of it is available here.
This week is yet another opportunity to hear Rajesh and learn from his great insights on the future of the patient revenue cycle in healthcare. Tomorrow, January 22nd from 12-1 pm central time, Rajesh will be participating in the Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers (ADAM) webinar entitled “ Preparing for 2019 and Beyond: Revenue Cycle Regulatory Legislation on the Horizon” will outline and discuss pending legislative framework changes on the horizon that could negatively affect revenue cycles and how providers can manage these changes and abandon the status quo.
With the rise of high deductible health plans (HDHPs), patient as a payer is becoming the new norm. Patients are demanding price transparency so they can clearly understand both before and at the point-of-service how much money they owe after a doctor’s visit. Over the last few years, there have been moves both at the state and federal levels towards establishing greater healthcare price transparency and reducing/eliminating surprise medical bills. In fact, as of June of 2018, 28 states now require hospitals, physicians, and/or healthcare plans to publish per-procedure costs.
With a significant push towards greater price transparency, data-driven healthcare pricing reform and transparency will only accelerate. While this is not a new initiative, the Colorado Transparency in Health Care Prices Act, which went into effect January 1st of 2018, is breaking new ground and may well serve as a model for ongoing efforts to increase healthcare price transparency for patients. As the healthcare industry is confronted with new cost transparency legislation, providers need to adapt.
You can register for the upcoming ADAM webinar by following this link. You may also download all our Health iPASS webinars by visiting the “webinar” page located under the Resources tab on our main site. We look forward to hearing more of Raj’s insights and we hope you are too. Read More
Here’s the good news! If you couldn’t view the webinar the first time around, you can now. The webinar is now available online. Here are some of the highlights from the entertaining and informative webinar on how to improve patient payment collection in 2019.
The panel touched on a lot of topics regarding the current state of the patient revenue cycle in healthcare. They discussed current patient revenue collection strategies—specifically what is and is not working--- and the difficulties of securing patient payment guarantees.
Additionally, the panel discussed the future of revenue cycle management. They talked about what is adding to the cost to collect, how the shift from fee for service to value-based care impacts future payment models, and how a medical practice can effectively address change management.
The webinar featured an informative discussion about several important topics in the healthcare revenue cycle. The main takeaway was that technology needs to be at the forefront of changes to the patient revenue cycle. Here are some of the panelists comments:
- “I think technology represents the future [of the revenue cycle],” said Eric Brodsky. “A more efficient way of applying it is the key.”
- The panel also mentioned how keeping up with the “status quo” of not using technology and delivering paper statements will ultimately sink medical practices, while also noting how use of technology has improved relationships with patients.
- “If status quo is your goal, you are not going to succeed. Everybody needs to be looking forward and changing that dynamic.” said John Hornberger. “We need to take advantage with patient revenue cycle technology, and through doing that we’ve been able to form a better relationship with our patients. We’ve moved from ‘traditional methods’ to technology.”
- “A lot of practices are still challenged with leveraging technology. The real issue is whether these practices are using these technologies to their fullest extent?” Eric Brodsky commented. “Paper statements are going by the wayside. You have to have multiple methods to be able to communicate with patients, whether it’s paper, e-mail, or even text.”
While all the panelists agreed that implementing these technologies are the only way to ensure practices collect most of the patient payments they are owed, they also talked about the hurdles that come with moving toward these technologies.
“The key for a successful implementation is educating the staff on why you’re doing it. Really explain to them where we are headed,” said Joe Clark. “Secondly is training staff and educating patients of the advantages of using card-on-file and kiosk systems.”
Downloading the Webinar
We have improved our website to give visitors easier access to Health iPASS content. You can find the webinar on our new “webinar” page under the resources tab. To listen to our informative webinar, visit the landing page and fill out the form on the page to get instant access to our webinars.
Has this webinar on how to improve patient payment collections motivated you to take action and explore your options? Let us know and we can set up a quick demo of our patient revenue cycle solution.