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What Are Omnichannel Payments and Why Do They Matter to Healthcare?

The need for an omnichannel payments experience in healthcare is greater than ever before. Rising patient payment responsibility, mergers and acquisitions, and innovations in payment technology have all created new opportunities for healthcare providers to collect payments. Embracing an omnichannel approach to patient payments can positively impact a healthcare organization’s revenue, brand awareness and patient satisfaction scores. However, failure to implement omnichannel payments can have the opposite effect.

Here’s everything you need to know about omnichannel payments and why they matter

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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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Going Electronic? How to Get Your Providers on Board

In 2020, 26% of surveyed healthcare payers said that more than half of their provider networks still don’t accept ERA/EFT (read more: Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report).  Despite the HHS operating rule on EFT standards which went into effect in 2014 and mandated that payers had to adopt ERA/EFT, 84% of surveyed healthcare providers indicated they continue to receive paper checks from one or more payers.

The sooner providers accept electronic payments, the more money payers and providers can save. So how

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How to Keep Your Provider Network Happy

For a healthcare payer’s provider network, the process to get paid has always been a challenge.  The steps providers take each day, from verifying eligibility and submitting claims, to receiving and reconciling payments, are filled with manual work, paper, errors and delays.  As a result, the fragmented, time-consuming and often stressful process to collect payments is adding a lot of cost pressure on providers.

New healthcare reform mandates also put pressure on providers to find ways to get paid more efficiently. 

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What the New EFT Regulations Mean for You

Guest Blogger: Bill Marvin, President & CEO, InstaMed

In an earlier post, I commented on the HHS interim final rule adopting electronic funds transfer (EFT) standards, which was released in January 2012.  In the post, I outlined the following changes needed in order for the new EFT regulations to truly improve efficiency and deliver cost savings for healthcare payers and their provider networks:

1. Add a Trace Number Requirement

The rule should require that the EFT and the electronic remittance advice (ERA) have

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5 Reasons to Accept Online Patient Payments

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The rise of consumerism in healthcare is driving providers to evaluate how they approach healthcare payments. To collect more from patients and reduce administrative costs, providers need to offer more convenient, consumer-friendly options, such as online patient payments.

According to the Trends in Healthcare Payments Eleventh Annual Report, 67% of consumers prefer online payments for medical bills.  If you don’t offer your patients online payments

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Why the New EFT Rule Could Have Been Better

Guest Blogger: Bill Marvin, President & CEO, InstaMed

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule adopting electronic funds transfer (EFT) standards, which are part of the ACA provisions that call for improved administrative efficiency.  While this rule is just one piece of the ACA operating rules, the adoption of the rule for EFT standards lays a positive foundation for the future of both EFT and ERA (electronic remittance advice).  However, a couple of serious flaws

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Achieving Success with Integrated Healthcare Payments

Traditionally, the end-to-end healthcare payments process – from submitting claims to receiving, posting and reconciling payments – has been disjointed and manual, requiring a great deal of paper and leading to errors and delays in payment.  However, as providers continue to feel pressure to reduce costs, leveraging integrated technology to streamline these processes is becoming increasingly important.  Here’s Eastside Pediatrics’ story and the success they achieved with integrated healthcare payments:

A Series of Problems

Inefficient Claims and Remittance Management Processes

On an

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8 Things ACOs Need to Know About Healthcare Payments

What Is an ACO?

An ACO (accountable care organization) is a healthcare organization made up of providers and payers who come together to give coordinated, patient-centered care. In the public sector, ACOs earn incentives for delivering high-quality care and reducing healthcare costs for Medicare and Medicaid patients. In the private sector, ACOs focus on achieving a high level of wellness and satisfaction for all patients.

What You Should Know About ACO Payments:

1. Increase focus on collecting from patients. As providers work to

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Choosing the Right Clearinghouse: 5 Essential Qualities

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In the healthcare industry, the clearinghouse you work with has a huge impact on your business. The more efficiently your clearinghouse processes and returns your information, the faster you will get paid, and the more payments you will collect.

To gain insight into what providers need from a clearinghouse, we interviewed Kevin Milam, owner of The Billing Center, which does billing, consulting and accrediting for

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