How Healthcare Automation Builds Post-Pandemic Business Continuity

The COVID-19 pandemic placed additional pressure on CIOs to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. The unparalleled demand for services, facilities, staffing, and public health tracking created chaos in healthcare. Critical areas of focus like telemedicine, lab testing, and revenue cycle management required efficient processes be implemented at warp speed. There were no longer continued discussionsContinue reading “How Healthcare Automation Builds Post-Pandemic Business Continuity”

Reducing The Barriers To Interoperability

Interoperability is certainly not a new topic. It is a predominant theme at #HIMSS21, and has been a term of engagement in healthcare for over 20 years. To better understand the impact of data interoperability, Google Cloud recently commissioned The Harris Poll to survey more than 300 physicians across the U.S. Nearly all (95%) ofContinue reading “Reducing The Barriers To Interoperability”

Executive Order Tackles Healthcare Price, Transparency, and Competition

Lack of competition is a key reason for President Biden’s executive order, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” The proposed order tackles four key areas where a lack of competition in healthcare increases prices and reduces access to quality care: prescription drug costs, hospital consolidation, health insurance choice, and hearing aid access. Among other things,Continue reading “Executive Order Tackles Healthcare Price, Transparency, and Competition”

Streamlining the Process of Prior Authorizations in Healthcare

From the moment data is entered electronically into a patient chart, the prior authorization process begins. For care to be obtained, prior authorizations have to be identified and submitted with the right codes, approvals, and follow-up. The majority of health plan denials are attributable to prior authorizations, eligibility, and medical necessity rules. Currently, hospitals andContinue reading “Streamlining the Process of Prior Authorizations in Healthcare”

Addressing Burnout by Optimizing Healthcare Processes

The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation polled frontline workers in April 2021 and revealed, ”3 out of 10 healthcare workers are thinking of changing professions.” While this may sound surprising, it makes total sense. Nearly half (49%) of healthcare workers reported they had suffered burnout in 2020, while 43% reported feelings of work overload. And it’sContinue reading “Addressing Burnout by Optimizing Healthcare Processes”

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Not Ready for Prime Time in Healthcare, Yet

Sometimes we read what others are saying and, because we want it to be true, we imagine it is true. It’s important to break down false promises and inaccurate information about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Healthcare has not even begun to realize the potential of AI, as we are merely at the infancy stages of applyingContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Not Ready for Prime Time in Healthcare, Yet”

Key Strategies to Improve Revenue Cycle Processes in 2021

2020 was an especially difficult year for most rural hospitals and health systems, who lost an estimated 70 percent of their income due to delayed and deferred visits and procedures. Although billing and claims might seem like a pretty linear process, there are detours and bumps that challenge even the best revenue cycle management teams.Continue reading “Key Strategies to Improve Revenue Cycle Processes in 2021”

A Decades-Long History in RPA

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has a decades-long history. Screen scraping started during the early days of the Internet to help users extract data from the web. It referred to the practice of reading text data from a computer display terminal’s screen. Simple scenarios involved automation navigating through a series of steps in an application usingContinue reading “A Decades-Long History in RPA”

Uninsured Patients HRSA Claims Reimbursement for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration

As part of the Cares Act legislation, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide claims reimbursement to health care providers for testing, treatment, and vaccine administration to the uninsured patient population. More than $5.6 billion dollars have been paid to date and over 238,000 health care providers have enrolled in the program.Continue reading “Uninsured Patients HRSA Claims Reimbursement for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration”

Unlocking Patient Access: The Cures Act Information Blocking Provisions

On April 5th, 2021, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finalized the Cures Act’s information blocking provisions. These new rules focus on data exchange and patient information blocking. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states: “Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control inContinue reading “Unlocking Patient Access: The Cures Act Information Blocking Provisions”