RelayHealth to acquire Ahi Software

Eye toward revenue cycle, self-pay patients

RelayHealth, McKesson's connectivity business, will acquire Miami Lakes, Fla.-based Ahi Software, which develops patient access technology.

In a Dec. 21 announcement, RelayHealth officials say Ahi Software’s engagement tools, two of which have been top-ranked in their categories by KLAS, will complement its existing patient access software, helping providers streamline their processes for more effective reimbursement and better patient engagement.

Both firms develop patient access technology that help patient registrars ensure accurate, complete patient registrations, confirm patient eligibility, identify potential sources of charitable care where appropriate and provide accurate estimates of financial responsibility.

"As the patient self-pay portion of healthcare reimbursement has risen, healthcare providers have sought new ways to become more efficient and better engage patients," said RelayHealth President Jeff Felton. "This has put great focus on the patient access segment of the healthcare revenue cycle."

He added that Ahi's technology will help providers focus on care delivery, "while optimizing the revenue cycle and helping patients identify sources of funding for the care they receive. The goal is to help enhance the patient experience while ensuring positive revenue cycle outcomes."

"The RelayHealth team has shown strong commitment to end-to-end revenue cycle success for their customers," said Tony Lopez, CEO of Ahi Software. "The addition of the Ahi Software suite of patient access products to the RelayHealth line of solutions will bring new value to both Ahi Software customers and RelayHealth customers."

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