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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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Meeting Challenges of Latest Healthcare Payments Trends

The healthcare payments industry is growing at a rapid pace; however, 25 to 40 cents of every healthcare dollar are spent on administrative costs. These costs are only poised to increase as changes due to reform and consumerism continue to reshape the industry – impacting the way many providers do business.

Data from the 2013 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report confirms that the healthcare payments industry is evolving and outlines how providers can manage these changes. In particular, growth in

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Finding Payment Assurance with Smart Big Data

In our last post, we stated that Smart Big Data has the capability to transform the collection process in healthcare. By using Smart Big Data to trigger automated processes and real-time decisions at the staff level in daily operations, providers can collect patient payments efficiently, navigate the changes facing the healthcare industry – and ultimately, to thrive.

Finding Payment Assurance in the Healthcare Industry

When you stay at a hotel, are you able to check in without giving your payment card?  Of

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Using Smart Big Data to Transform the Collection Process

As healthcare reform adds millions of new consumers to the U.S. healthcare system and deductibles continue to rise, providers must operate more efficiently to keep administrative costs low and collect more from patients.  Many industry experts believe that the recent influx of data and analytics due to innovation in healthcare technology, or Big Data, will give all healthcare organizations the ability to navigate the changes – and ultimately, to thrive.  In fact, a recent McKinsey report estimates that Big Data

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Clearing Out the Clutter in Employee Workflow

In today’s shifting healthcare payments market, providers of all sizes – from large medical system to solo-physician practices – are searching for ways to reduce costs and collect more patient payments.  Many sources are searching for solutions to help providers, such as improving efficiency and empowering employees.

What about empowering employees through improving efficiency?  In this post, read how three providers cleared out the clutter in the administrative workflow and gave their staff the tools to do their jobs more easily

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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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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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How Much Is Too Much? Best Practices for Patient Payment Plans

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As healthcare providers rely more on patients for revenue, many have started to use more consumer-centric strategies, like payment plans, to collect payments. Improve processes for your organization and patients by leveraging best practices and policies.

A Growing Trend

Data from the Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report shows that the use of payment plans for healthcare payments on the InstaMed network increased by one hundred

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Enhance the Provider Experience: Deliver Payment Assurance

In an earlier post, we discussed one of the major threats to the payer-provider relationship: the provider’s lack of payment assurance.  This threat poses an opportunity to payers to give their provider networks the tools needed to achieve payment assurance.  In our previous post, we gave tips for payers to deliver payment assurance to their providers.  Below, we’ve included a graphic of the Payment Assurance Framework to demonstrate how payers can deliver payment assurance to providers in each step of the healthcare

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Top 3 Misconceptions of Collecting from Patients

Many healthcare providers are concerned about the impact to their businesses that will result under PPACA.  Much of this concern is due to the additional 20 to 30 million uninsured Americans that will begin to receive new healthcare coverage in 2014.  With more patients eligible to receive healthcare services, and hundreds of millions of patient payments transactions being added to the U.S. healthcare system, the difficulties providers face with patient collections is becoming a high priority issue.

Shifting the focus to

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