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Hospital Reimbursement: “Audit” Shouldn’t Be A Scary Word

Hospital Reimbursement Audits: Why They’re Actually A Good Thing Often when we hear the word audit, we cringe. Is it the fear that we are doing something incorrectly? Or is it the fear of getting blamed or “caught”?  In our recent hospital reimbursement webinar, Jackie King, Director of CAH Education at ArchProCoding, emphasized audits as …

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16 Prior Authorization Tips & Tricks For Your Healthcare Facility

16 Of The Best Prior Authorization Tips & Tricks For Your Healthcare Facility Why Do Healthcare Payers Require Prior Authorizations? According to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), prior authorizations are required to ensure the patient is receiving a safe treatment that is medically necessary and appropriate. Health insurance companies have the unique advantage to see …

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Medicare Swing Beds: A Vital Service for Rural Communities

A swing bed is a physical hospital bed that can be used for two purposes – acute and post-acute care.

The purpose is to allow patients in rural communities to receive quality post-acute care within their community. Prior to Medicare’s swing bed program, hospitals were only permitted to provide acute care often leaving discharged patients and families with no local options for needed skilled nursing care.

Three Ways Your Patient Portal Affects Your Practice’s Growth and Revenue

Three Ways Your Patient Portal Affects Your Practice’s Growth and Revenue While patient portals have long been required of certified EHR software, smart practices are finding new ways to leverage this technology. Bolster your practice’s financial success and patients’ experience with these three tips. #1 Drive Q1 Revenue Up When patient deductibles reset at the …

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Patient Registration: the Gateway to Improved Hospital Financials and Patient Experience

Why Improving The Patient Registration Process Is The Key to Better Hospital Financials & Patient Experience by Helen Williams, Senior Healthcare Consultant, Azalea Health Last updated 8/29/2019 For years, the healthcare industry, driven by CMS and payer requirements, has been focused on capturing as much clinical patient data at the time of care as possible. …

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What is a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Why are They Important?

What Is An RHC & Why Are They So Important? An RHC, or Rural Health Clinic, is a rurally located medical clinic providing healthcare services to patients in underserved areas.  Founded in 1977, the RHC program incentivizes physicians to provide primary care for rural residents while also encouraging the use of mid-level providers.  RHCs go …

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The 340B Program Guide

The 340B Program Guide: A Lifeline For Rural Healthcare What Is The 340B Drug Pricing Program? The federal 340B Program is a drug price control program that allows qualifying providers, generally hospitals, specialty clinics and their associated outpatient facilities serving uninsured and low-income patients in rural communities, to purchase outpatient drugs from manufacturers at discounted …

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R.I.P Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008

4 Things To Do When Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7 / Server 2008 Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows Server® 2008 on January 14, 2020.  After this, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, patches, fixes or support for devices running these operating systems. If you continue to use one of …

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The Comprehensive Guide To Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

What Is The Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Why Is It Important? A Health Information Exchange allows healthcare providers to access and share patient medical record data securely and electronically. They are critically important because so many medical records are on paper in filing cabinets. Sharing this information typically happens via mail, fax or phone …

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