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Three Reasons Why Patient Engagement Matters

Healthcare consumers today owe more for both medical services and health plan premiums. Though the U.S. spends twice as much per person on average for healthcare compared to other industrialized countries, 75 percent of Americans say that the country does not get good value for what is spent. The healthcare experience for patients can no longer be overlooked. Here are three reasons why engaging patients is necessary to create a better healthcare experience.

1. 72 percent of consumers are confused by

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A Great Patient Payment Experience Is Not That Simple

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Improving the patient experience is at the forefront of conversation today for healthcare organizations.

Some vendors claim to offer the simplest, most user-friendly payment experience, but they are only focusing on one specific area of the process instead of the full end-to-end experience. In order to deliver the best possible patient payment experience, ask yourself, what does a great patient payment experience really look like? Here

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How to Handle Patient Refunds: Best Practices for Providers

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Healthcare payments are complex, making it hard to determine the exact amount a patient will owe. This can lead to overpayment. Here are tips for how to create a positive experience when issuing patient refunds.

Why Are There Refunds in Healthcare?

Many factors determine patient payment responsibility, such as patient health benefits, provider contracted rates with a health insurer, discounts and more. When the sources for

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A Look Ahead at Healthcare Payment Innovations in 2017

At InstaMed, we’re proud of the innovations we delivered in 2016 that helped providers and payers collect and manage payments more efficiently and helped improve the consumer experience. At the start of a new year, we want to look at how the challenges facing providers, payers and consumers have changed or evolved, and how we can continue to improve and do more to answer the needs of our customers for simplifying healthcare payments.

Provider and payer organizations are becoming more complex

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EMV: Chipping Away at Fraud One Year After the Liability Shift

EMVIt’s been one year since the EMV fraud liability shift went into effect in October 2015. As a consumer, the main impacts I’ve experienced is a slew of new chip-enabled payment cards in my wallet and some consumer confusion at retail stores where chip card technology is enabled. However, as a Security Officer, I’ve seen many benefits resulting from the introduction of EMV to the U.S., both expected and unexpected. Let’s review:

What is the liability shift?

In October 2015, the major

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“Hut! Set! Hike!” — A Healthcare Provider’s Playbook to Consumer-Friendly Payments

September marks the start of a new football season, and with that comes some changes to the way the game is played. This year alone, NFL players and coaches will have to adapt to changes like new rules for extra point kick attempts, harsher penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct and the relocation of the Rams due to changing market demand.

Much like the game of football, the healthcare payments landscape is constantly evolving. Rules, regulations, competition and industry trends like the demands

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Four Ways Consumers are Demanding Changes in the Healthcare Payments Experience

Guest Blogger: Chris Seib, CTO and Co-Founder, InstaMed

1. 91% of consumers say it’s important to know their payment responsibility prior to a provider visit

– Consumer Healthcare Payments Survey 2015

What it means: Rising consumer payment responsibility has changed how consumers approach visits to providers. Consumers want to know upfront how much they will owe and then understand how to make payments. Questions like “how much is this going to cost?” and “what are my payment options?” have become common

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How to Deliver a Consumer-Friendly Experience to All Stakeholders

The healthcare industry has been focused on understanding and adapting to the new impacts of healthcare consumerism, and for good reason; The Sixth Annual Trends in Healthcare Payments Report identified consumerism as one of the major trends impacting healthcare organizations today. In a separate blog post this month, InstaMed CTO and co-founder, Chris Seib, outlines some of the most critical consumer payment behaviors that affect healthcare providers today.

While healthcare organizations should continue improving the consumer experience, new processes should not

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The Sixth Annual Trends in Healthcare Payments Report is Here!

The Trends in Healthcare Payments Sixth Annual Report: 2015 is now available to download – free of charge. For the last six years, InstaMed has released this report to objectively educate the market and promote awareness, change and greater efficiency through quantitative data from the InstaMed Network and qualitative data from healthcare providers, payers and consumers surveyed nationwide.

Click here to download the report.

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91% of Consumers Are Demanding Price Transparency

The patient’s role in the healthcare payments process has evolved drastically. Ten to twenty years ago, payers and providers managed benefit and care decisions for their patients. Patients relied mainly on their health plan and geography to determine which providers to visit; and payment for services, for the most part, was handled between payers and providers.

Today, healthcare is in the midst of a shift towards a consumer-centric model, and in the process, patients have become empowered consumers who are in

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