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Patient Estimator

One of the most challenging aspects of modern healthcare is delivering care at a predictable cost to the patient. Especially with today’s ascendency of high deductible plans, patients need to know how much money they'll owe on their co-pays and deductibles as soon as possible and, ideally, before care is ever administered...

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Malware

Recent months have seen an alarming increase in the number of worldwide reports regarding malware of all types. These reports aren’t limited to major IT security firms, like Trend Micro, Norton Security, and McAfee. Indeed, our own Customer Service and Engineering teams have worked with many AllMeds customers in the last several weeks, who have been victimized by ransomware and phishing attacks that have severely impacted their ability to serve patients and conduct routine business matters.

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EHR Training

There's no way around it. An electronic health record (EHR) implementation demands time, effort and money. But, that doesn't stop practices from implementing them – after all, proficient use of EHR has been required by every “meaningful” federal health IT program since 2010. However, it does stop some practices from investing in critical EHR training for staff during implementation, and that can be problematic.

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RCM Assistance Ahead

Everyone loves to hate prior authorization. Patients resent it because it can stand between them receiving quality care quickly and on their terms. Physicians tire of it because they have to justify treatment and medication to insurers, which often involves sitting on hold when they could be helping other patients...

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RCM Assistance Ahead

Poor revenue cycle management (RCM) can be insidious. Like "death by a thousand cuts" or the fabled "frog in a boiling pot" syndrome, lost revenue opportunities oftentimes don’t manifest all at once. They accumulate over the course of months or even years, until practices begin to wonder why it's becoming so difficult to maintain a desirable bottom line...

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Office Efficiencies and HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare providers have had to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) since 1996; however, changes over the years in both the law and in healthcare’s operational environment have transformed what it really means to be HIPAA-compliant. For example, the initial, primary purpose of HIPAA was to ensure that health insurance coverage continued when an employee lost his or her job, according to Carnegie Mellon...

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Improved Data Flow Enhances Your Practice

In recent years, specialty practices have shifted from reactive healthcare, toward more preventative medicine as a means to treat patients more effectively, and at lower costs. This trend is especially apparent in value-based care (VBC) and accountable care organizations (ACOs). The theory is sound: Why wait for patients to come to you with a serious problem when you can take proactive measures...

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Golden Rules of RCM: Know Your Payers, Know Your Practice

October 2018

Golden Rules of RCM

At a high level, three parties are involved in medical revenue cycle management (RCM):

  1. Your practice.
  2. The patient.
  3. The payer (whether that's Medicare, Medicaid, the insurance companies or the patient).

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Patient-Centric Workflows Can Improve Satisfaction Rates...and Your Bottom-Line

September 2018

Patient-Centric Workflows

Change can be scary – especially when it involves adjusting the workflows your practice has become so accustomed to in order to support a more patient-centric practice. But, high-deductible health plans and value-based care respectively inflate patient payment obligations and prioritize patient satisfaction rates.

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Is Your Practice Managing Its Revenue Risks?

September 2018

Manage Revenue Risks

For Specialty Practices, the road to revenue is oftentimes a drawn-out slog, due to the complexities of today’s difficult medical reimbursement cycle. Specialty practices can alleviate many of those challenges by better understanding some of the key risks tied to their revenue processes, and identifying new ways to manage them more effectively.

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What a Well-Functioning Revenue Cycle Looks Like

September 2018

Custom Report Building

While payments from patients occupy an increasingly large share of specialty practice revenues these days, insurers still represent the most substantial source of their revenue. So while revenue cycle management (RCM) is the heart of a practice's financial performance, medical coding is the lifeblood.

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Custom Report Building

Denied claims cost hospitals alone up to $262 billion annually and experts say the situation for independent practices is likely just as bad. Yet a recent study by MGMA suggests that more than 65 percent of denied claims are never followed up on. This means that many practices are accumulating entire cabinets full of unaddressed rejections and denials.

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The Importance of Customizable Report Building for Your PM and Billing & Collections

August 2018

Custom Report Building

In theory, practice software solutions like practice managers (PM) and electronic health records (EHR) are supposed to provide whole-office perspective as centralized data repositories. The more data you have at your fingertips, the more insight you can achieve pertaining to the financial health...

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Better RCM is and Exercise in Precision and Coordination

August 2018

Better Revenue

The defining feature of effective billing and collections, or “revenue cycle management”, is the alignment of clinical and operational workflows to optimize every phase of the revenue cycle, from beginning to end. This has historically been easier said than done because of the many steps involved in ensuring timely payment and reimbursement, including...

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Coping with HDHPs: What You Need to Know

August 2018

Critical VBC Components

Love them or hate them, high deductible healthcare plans (HDHP) show no signs of going away. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of workers subscribing to HDHPs has increased by 22 percent since 2009, with about half of all U.S. employees purchasing them today.

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4 Critical Components of Value-Based Care Practice Transformation

July 2018

Critical VBC Components

There might be something to love about value-based care (VBC). Studies have suggested that it can simultaneously cut back on healthcare costs while also boosting overall patient engagement and improving outcomes. By most measures, that's a win-win-win.

Nevertheless, the majority of practices are unprepared for a value-based reimbursement model, according to a Black Book study. In fact, nearly 70 percent of practices intend to seek the help of a third-party consultant...

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Top Considerations for Your Practice Manager Replacement

July 2018

Strong Practice Management Solution

Before there was electronic health record (EHR) systems, there was practice manager (PM) software. Medical practitioners deployed PM solutions to simplify the operational aspects of their practice, and for a long time, that’s what this software did.

In recent years, though, federal incentive programs spurred a tremendously higher adoption rate for EHRs. As a result, the capabilities of many practices’ EHRs have outpaced those of their PMs....

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How Front-Desk Staff Can Optimize Patient Billing & Cash Flow

July 2018

Maximize Billing Collection Rates

Financial viability is one thing, but specialty practices that efficiently utilize front-office resources can do more than just maintain financial health: they can thrive. But first, they need to overcome some of the core billing and collection challenges inhibiting cash flow in today's healthcare climate.

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3 Ways to Maximize Medical Billing Collection Rates

July 2018

Maximize Billing Collection Rates

A proficient medical billing collection process can drastically reduce time between services offered and payment. Conversely, though, inefficiencies in the collection process can increase overhead as the front desk attempts to chase down delayed payments, retroactively encourage customers to cover the cost of rejected claims, or process reimbursements to patients as a result of over collecting.

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Cruise Through Revenue Cycle Management Auditing

June 2018

Cruise Through RCM Auditing

Revenue cycle performance is arguably the most important indicator of a specialty practice's health. This has become apparent as more healthcare providers invest in new RCM resources. Case in point, the market for RCM solutions and services is projected to exceed $90 billion by 2022, up from $51 billion in 2017, according to Research and Markets.

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Remove the Bloat and Complexity from Your EHR

June 2018

Remove the Bloat and Complexity from Your EHR

A recent survey found that EHRs tailored to function in specialty settings continue to rank highest in specialty physician satisfaction. The study also found that EHRs that include robust coding tools, as well as tight integration with practice management solutions and billing and collections services will most likely continue to see the highest satisfaction rates in 2018.

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Tips for Shifting to a Value-Based Care Model

May 2018

Shifting to a Value-Based Care Model

The concept of Value-Based Healthcare (VBC) has only recently entered America’s larger awareness and, for patients, at least, it seems to be delivering improvements. According to research by Humana, total healthcare costs for patients on VBC plans are 15 percent lower than for patients on a fee-for-service (FFS) model. Furthermore, patients on VBC plans were more likely to have access to preventative care.

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Don't Let No-Shows Ruin Your Revenue

May 2018

Don't Let No-Shows Ruin Your Revenue

Every year, the American health care system loses $150 billion to missed appointments. According to Health Management Technology, this equates to approximately $200 in lost revenue per patient no-show.

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Is Your Practice Ready for MACRA/MIPS?

March 2018

MACRA MIPS

There’s good news on the horizon for Medicare providers. Providers who qualify for Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) may have the opportunity to receive an incentive in the form of greater Medicare reimbursements if they are able to demonstrate high-quality care for patients.

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Patient Estimator
Malware
EHR Training
RCM Assistance Ahead
RCM Assistance Ahead
Office Efficiencies and HIPAA Compliance
Improved Data Flow Enhances Your Practice
Golden Rules of RCM
Patient-Centric Workflows
Manage Revenue Risks
Custom Report Building
Custom Report Building
Custom Report Building
Better Revenue
Critical VBC Components
Critical VBC Components
Strong Practice Management Solution
Maximize Billing Collection Rates
Maximize Billing Collection Rates
Cruise Through RCM Auditing
Remove the Bloat and Complexity from Your EHR
Don't Let No-Shows Ruin Your Revenue
Shifting to a Value-Based Care Model
MACRA MIPS
AllMeds Specialty Practice Services

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Patient Estimator
Malware
EHR Training
RCM Assistance Ahead
RCM Assistance Ahead
Office Efficiencies and HIPAA Compliance
Improved Data Flow Enhances Your Practice
Golden Rules of RCM
Patient-Centric Workflows
Manage Revenue Risks
Custom Report Building
Custom Report Building
Custom Report Building
Better Revenue
Critical VBC Components
Critical VBC Components
Strong Practice Management Solution
Maximize Billing Collection Rates
Maximize Billing Collection Rates
Cruise Through RCM Auditing
Remove the Bloat and Complexity from Your EHR
Shifting to a Value-Based Care Model
Don't Let No-Shows Ruin Your Revenue
MACRA MIPS
AllMeds Specialty Practice Services
AllMeds Specialty Practice Services