Two New Federal Interoperability Rules: What You Need To Know

Two New Federal Interoperability Rules: What You Need to Know

  • January 12, 2017

By Lisa P. Conley, Esq. Payers and providers are increasingly vocal about their need for health information technology (HIT) systems to interoperate in a consistent and industry-wide manner. While the industry has made progress on this front, recent actions in Washington aim to accelerate the pace of progress while also demonstrating the government’s commitment to HIT interoperability. On October 14th, 2016, the federal government announced two final regulations that impact the ongoing transformation to “full interoperability” in healthcare. One regulation was the nearly 2,400-page final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on implementation of the Medicare…

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From Silos To Services For Value-Based Care

From Silos to Services for Value-Based Care

  • September 19, 2016

A bundled payment program built by hand 25 years ago is still delivering lessons for HIT today By Amy Larsson The evolution of healthcare IT systems seen by industry visionaries sounds great. Siloed clinical and insurance systems get connected and can work as one. Information-rich processes flow smoothly and securely over connected services that span care settings, providers, and payers. We gain leaps in efficiency, quality, and accuracy of care coordination, delivery, and payment systems. And as healthcare evolves in its journey to value, we snap clinical and payment services together like the related pieces of the healthcare puzzle that…

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The Interoperability Imperative

The Interoperability Imperative

  • September 19, 2016

How interoperability unlocks silos in enterprise applications and connects the business logic needed to support value-based reimbursement By Michael Wood Interoperability is about more than just moving data from one application to another. It’s about easily and seamlessly capitalizing on the business logic that is locked within separate—and often siloed—applications to create new capabilities that can solve business problems in a unique way. Today, interoperability must occur both within the four walls of a payer or provider’s IT infrastructure as well as within or between on-premise, off-premise, cloud, hybrid, and other hosting approaches in a manner that appears to be…

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Ten Steps To Reduce Denials, Win More  Appeals, And Improve Hospital Performance

Ten Steps to Reduce Denials, Win More Appeals, and Improve Hospital Performance

  • June 24, 2016

By Tammie Phillips, R.N. Every day, someone at a health system or hospital asks me a variation on this question: How can I better manage denials? There’s tremendous pressure to reduce denials. According to CMS, 20% of all claims are denied, 60% of lost or denied claims will never be resubmitted, and 18% of claims will never be collected.1 Reworking each claim costs around $25.2 The problem is worsening as the complexity of claims processing intensifies. Our population is aging rapidly, and care needs are increasing. Medicare enrollment is rising. Comorbidities and chronic conditions are more prevalent. And population health…

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Journey To Value: The State Of Value-Based Reimbursement

Journey to Value: The State of Value-Based Reimbursement

  • June 13, 2016

There's no turning back from value-based care and value-based reimbursement. Payers are 58% along the continuum to VBR, up from 48% in 2014. And Providers are now 50% down the road to value. That's according to a national study of 465 payers and hospitals conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Change Healthcare. Yet despite tremendous growth in capitation/global payments, pay for performance, and episode of care/bundled payments, many payers and providers still face obstacles in the transition to value-based care. See where healthcare stands in its journey to value and what it means for the industry in Journey to Value: The…

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Five Ways To Improve Medi-Cal Claims Processing

Five Ways to Improve Medi-Cal Claims Processing

  • September 23, 2015

Roughly one in three California residents— approximately 12 million people—are enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s publicly funded Medicaid program. To put this in perspective, California has 12% of the U.S. population, and yet accounts for 17% of the nation’s Medicaid enrollment. And the enrollment is growing—with 2.7 million people added since federal healthcare reform was enacted. Given the large percentage of revenue that Medi-Cal claims constitute for California hospitals, efficient and accurate Medi-Cal claims processing is a high priority for healthcare providers. But in reality, many providers find that Medi-Cal claims can be difficult to manage. The root causes of…

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The Top 10 Things Payers And Providers Can Do Today To Start Aligning With VBR Tomorrow

The Top 10 Things Payers and Providers Can Do Today to Start Aligning with VBR Tomorrow

  • March 11, 2015

CMS says VBR is now an imperative. What can you do to make the grade? By Carolyn J. Wukitch and Andrei Gonzales, M.D. The stakes have just been raised for payers and providers who are besieged by a rapidly changing market. In an announcement that reverberated throughout healthcare, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell introduced an initiative to make alternative payment the standard for 50% of Medicare reimbursement by 2018. That’s the first time HHS established goals for alternative payment models for Medicare. HHS wants 30% of fee-for-service payments to be tied to quality or value through ACOs, bundled payment, or…

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How We Can Make Healthcare Payment And Delivery Reform Work

How We Can Make Healthcare Payment and Delivery Reform Work

  • January 9, 2015

Powerful incentives and inertia remain intact, limiting stakeholders’ willingness to experiment with the range of innovative reimbursement models that promise to make the effort and cost of reform worthwhile. The result: growing agreement that transition to a system that fosters experimentation with mixed reimbursement schemes is required to ease away from the existing FFS model and the entrenched processes and technologies that are already in place. It’s said that imminent execution concentrates the mind. It could also be said that the looming specter of draconian cuts to healthcare, and their financial impact on stakeholders, are driving innovation in payment and…

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