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Improve Patient Communication for Increased Collections

How do you communicate with your patients about payment responsibility? With the growing trend in patient responsibility, providers need to think about when and how to discuss financial responsibility with patients. Training your staff to have conversations about co-pays, outstanding balances and estimates while the patient is in the office is a critical part of increasing your collections. Having these conversations is a great way to set patient expectations, but it’s also important to have effective communication once the patient

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The Payment Experience Patients Want

Less than a decade ago, there was no need for provider-patient interaction to extend beyond the patient visit. Today, patients play a critical role in the payments process, and providers must expand their relationship with their patients to include payments. Likewise, patients have a greater interest in their healthcare payments experience and expect the same kind of convenience and simplicity in paying their bills in healthcare as they have in other industries. This healthcare payments process presents new challenges and

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Trends in Consumer Healthcare Payments

The healthcare payments industry is changing rapidly due to the shift to a more consumer-centric service model. InstaMed released the fifth annual Trends in Healthcare Payments Report showcasing data based on billions of healthcare payment transactions and surveys of thousands of providers, payers and consumers nationwide. Download the report: www.instamed.com/trends.

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Why Healthcare Needs Apple Pay

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

Apple Pay has grown to 700,000 locations in the six months since its initial release in September 2014. Of these merchants accepting Apple Pay, consumer adoption of this payment type has increased rapidly as well, with major retailers reporting up to a 400 percent increase in Apple Pay transactions.

It would seem the rapid success of Apple Pay is attributed to simply offering consumers the ability to make payments from their mobile device.

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Redefine Consumer Engagement for Health Plans: Simple Transactions

Premium. Deductible. Coinsurance. Co-payment. As a consumer of healthcare, can you accurately define these healthcare terms? If the answer is “no,” you are not alone.

According to a Philly.com article, Insurer finds need to educate public about terms, an overwhelming majority of consumers are struggling to understand these healthcare terms. In the article, one consumer is quoted as saying, “Nobody understands healthcare.” This confusion will only increase with the millions of consumers enrolling in health plans through public and private exchanges

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Virtual Payments: Not Just a Phase in Healthcare

Virtual payments are an emerging payment method for payers to send payments to providers using the card networks. These payments are more commonly known as “virtual cards,” since the recipient can process them just like a credit card.

Thirty-seven percent of providers indicated that they received virtual payments from some payers.

This statistic accurately demonstrates what many providers are currently experiencing: Virtual payments are increasingly leveraged by payers as an alternative to mailing paper checks. While many believe that virtual payments are

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Communication: The Key to Collecting More

With the increase in consumer-directed healthcare, patient payments are becoming a more important part of healthcare provider revenue. However, as consumers, patients are accustomed to having a clear understanding of the amount owed prior to making a purchase.  Too often in the healthcare industry, patients are clueless about their payment responsibility until they receive a statement. And when patients are confused or uninformed, they are less likely to pay.

Faced with the challenge of collecting more patient payments, Canopy Partners, a

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Interoperability: Beyond the Clinical Side of Healthcare

Growing need for interoperability

Healthcare reform is driving a greater need for efficiency, resulting in the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and provider consolidation.  As provider organizations using different systems work together, there is a much greater need to integrate heterogeneous environments to achieve system interoperability.  However, healthcare information is often not easily exchanged among providers because of paper-based processes or systems that are not compatible.  In fact, 71% of providers surveyed said the lack of system interoperability is a

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Transforming Patient Statements: A Hospital’s Best Practices

While patient statements are an essential part of the patient payments process, statements can significantly add to the administrative time and costs to collect.  When considering administrative improvements, Good Samaritan Hospital realized that many of its inefficiencies existed in the patient statements process.  Below is an outline of how Good Samaritan identified issues in its patient statements process and improved these areas by applying statement best practices.  As a result, Good Samaritan significantly reduced its costs to collect patient payments

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3 Essentials to Collecting More Payments

The increase in self-pay patients and rising operational costs are driving healthcare providers to seek out tools and strategies to operate more efficiently and collect more from patients.  Depending on your current processes to collect, there are various changes you can make that can have a significant impact on the amount collected and the time and costs spent to collect.  Below are three common process issues that billing service Medical Management Corporation of America (MMCOA) faced with its providers, and

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