Revenue Cycle Management

By Anthony Brino 03:39 pm July 11, 2013
With more than $500 million in HITECH Act startup funding set to run out by the end of the year, too many health information exchanges "haven't figured out how to fund themselves."
By Erin McCann 10:58 am July 11, 2013
As health payment reform takes hold, insurance giant UnitedHealthcare announced Wednesday that it will double its number of accountable care contracts over the next five years -- a move that will total more than $50 billion worth of reimbursements by 2017.
By Jeff Rowe 12:18 pm July 09, 2013
Most healthcare stakeholders and observers can agree that the way healthcare costs are determined and communicated is, to put it mildly, a bit nonsensical. One of the biggest problems is that patients -- the actual consumers of healthcare services -- usually know nothing about the cost of what they're buying.
By Mike Miliard 10:59 am July 02, 2013
Contradicting the common argument that an overuse of diagnostic imaging procedures is driving up healthcare costs, a new study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows physicians are actually ordering fewer imaging exams for Medicare patients.
By Anthony Brino 04:09 pm June 28, 2013
In its annual report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT outlined some of its milestones and how it is trying to fix some barriers to main goals of the HITECH Act, chief among them nationwide digital exchange through interoperable EHRs.
By John Andrews 10:28 am June 27, 2013
The hottest letters in healthcare right now are A, C and O. And while together they stand for Accountable Care Organization, industry analysts say providers need to look beyond the acronym in their efforts to build a new business model. "At this point, providers shouldn't worry about what an ACO looks like, but instead focus on the building blocks...
By Diana Manos 10:28 am June 26, 2013
Payers are taking hits to their bottom line due to several gaps in health IT use, according to the athenahealth 2013 PayerView Report released Wednesday. Despite these challenges, Humana took the overall top spot in rankings this year.
cloud computing
By Tom Sullivan 10:01 am June 26, 2013
While 90 percent of healthcare CIOs view IT innovation as critical to success, the more surprising statistic is that fewer than one-fourth consider their existing infrastructure capable of supporting such technological advancement.
By Erin McCann 10:28 am June 25, 2013
The 19-hospital Bon Secours Health System will tap Aetna subsidiary Healthagen for the technology, analytics and care coordination services to facilitate better care for Medicare beneficiaries whose primary physician participates in the Good Help ACO, billed as one of the nation's largest Medicare beneficiary pools.
By Bernie Monegain 10:26 am June 25, 2013
Tenet Healthcare's $4.3 billion acquisition of Vanguard Health Systems is likely to bring more business athenahealth's way, Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Wieland concluded in a note he issued June 24, even as he offered up other possible scenarios, such as a MED3000 business win, or a boon for Cerner.

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