Archive for the ‘Healthcare Administration’ Category

Infographic: Healthcare Revenue Cycle Trends

October 14th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Electronic health record adoption challenges are still outweighing benefits, according to a study on the impact of EHRs, consumer self-pay, and IT budgets on revenue cycle operations by Navigant Consulting, Inc. and HFMA, highlighted in a new infographic.

The infographic explores: the struggles health systems face to optimize available EHR functions and upgrades; consumer self-pay concerns; revenue cycle IT budget growth; and more.

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS SuccessA laser focus on population health interventions and processes can generate immediate revenue streams for fledgling accountable care organizations that support the hard work of creating a sustainable ACO business model. This population health priority has proven a lucrative strategy for Caravan Health, whose 23 ACO clients saved more than $26 million across approximately 250,000 covered lives in 2016 under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS Success examines Caravan Health’s population health-focused approach for ACOs and its potential for positioning ACOs for success under MSSP and MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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Guest Post: 6 Barriers to Automating Prior Authorization

October 3rd, 2019 by April Todd

Automating prior authorizations could save the healthcare industry $417 million annually.

Prior authorization has been used for decades as an important check to ensure prescribed medical treatment is safe and appropriate. In recent years, however, it has become regarded by many as a frustrating, time consuming barrier to care.

Much of the frustration has to do with the fact that the overwhelming majority of prior authorizations are conducted using manual processes that can take days, and, in some cases, weeks, delaying patient care. Prior authorizations are also a financial burden on providers and plans. So much so that the industry could save $417 million annually if these transactions were automated, according to the 2018 CAQH Index.

In spite of the widespread frustration, the number of prior authorizations increased by 14 percent in 2018 over the previous year.

Increasing automation seems like an obvious solution, especially when there has been a federally-mandated standard for automating part of the process for more than a decade. But that just is not happening fast enough.

A recent CAQH CORE, an organization formed by the industry to develop common business rules to support healthcare transactions, white paper, identified six factors that have slowed end-to-end automation of prior authorization:

  1. Data is inconsistent

    Health plans use codes to communicate status, errors and next steps for prior authorizations—including the need for clinical documentation to prove medical necessity. But today, these requirements differ across (and within) health plans, and providers can’t easily identify what information is required. This lack of uniformity— and use of overly generic codes— limit adoption of the standard prior authorization transaction by providers.

  2. No federally mandated standard for “attachments” or clinical documentation

    As part of standard prior authorization requests, providers are asked to include “attachments” or clinical documentation. However, there is no national standard or uniformity for the supporting clinical documentation. This creates a sense of uncertainty about investments in various solutions, and results in workarounds that providers are asked to support.

  3. Lack of integration between clinical and administrative systems

    Electronic prior authorization requests typically require the use of practice management systems (PMS) and data from electronic health record (EHR) systems. But integration between PMS and EHR systems is limited. This forces most providers to retrieve clinical information from the EHR and manually enter it into the prior authorization request. This is not only an obvious source of human error, but also a frustrating drain on productivity and efficiency.

  4. Limited vendor products that support electronic prior authorization

    Only 12 percent of vendor products support electronic prior authorization, according to the 2017 CAQH Index. For all other electronic transactions, vendor support is between 74 percent and 91 percent.

    Some vendors indicated that, while their systems do currently support prior authorization, this functionality is not part of the core product offering. That is, prior authorization functionality may be available in some vendor systems, but only in a premium configuration.

  5. State requirements for manual intervention

    Some state legislatures have mandated that certain steps of the prior authorization process be handled manually. For example, in both Colorado and Rhode Island, health plans are required to give providers an opportunity to speak directly by phone or in person with a qualified medical professional before issuing an adverse determination. Some of these manual requirements are in place because a phone call or written letter may be a more trusted mode of receiving communication regarding determinations.

  6. Lack of provider awareness

    Many providers are unaware that HIPAA requires health plans to offer the standard prior authorization request to conduct prior authorizations electronically. Greater demand from providers can incent broader use of the standard and encourage development of vendor products to support its exchange.

How Do We Get to Automation?

Currently, there is a groundswell of support from a diverse group of stakeholders to improve the prior authorization process. The Department of Health and Human Services, federal and state policymakers, providers and health plans, industry coalitions and standard-setting organizations are all motivated to resolve the administrative burden associated with prior authorization—creating an unprecedented opportunity to find alignment and implement solutions.

So, Where Do We Start?

To reduce the prior authorization burden, it is important for all stakeholders to participate in developing standards that support automation, and follow them. CAQH CORE’s participating organizations, which encompass 75 percent of insured lives, have developed two sets of operating rules that are already addressing several of the challenges identified above. By adopting the Phase IV and V CAQH CORE Operating Rules, and participating in CAQH CORE’s prior authorization pilots, healthcare stakeholders can help accelerate the move toward automation of prior authorization.

This renewed spirit of collaboration is the pathway to reducing the prior authorization administrative burden. It is imperative for all stakeholders to actively encourage and participate in this collaborative momentum toward a more automated prior authorization end-to-end workflow.

April Todd

April Todd

About the Author: April Todd leads CAQH CORE, an initiative of CAQH that was formed to drive the creation and adoption of healthcare operating rules that support standards, accelerate interoperability and align administrative and clinical activities among providers, payers, and consumers. CAQH CORE is industry-led—representing more than 75 percent of insured Americans, including health plans, healthcare providers, vendors, government entities, and standard setting organizations. Five phases of CAQH CORE Operating Rules and Certification Test Suites have been issued to date.

Infographic: Four Ways To Navigate the Changing Landscape in Value-based Healthcare

September 27th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Value-based healthcare is, by all signs, the future of providing, and getting paid, for healthcare. Recent research indicates that hospitals are experiencing success by emphasizing several action areas, with changing mindsets being as important as altering operational models, according to a new infographic by Tork.

The infographic provides four opportunity areas every hospital manager or administrator should consider.

11 Profitable Value-Based Reimbursement Models: Lessons from Early AdoptersCMS’s ambitious agenda for moving Medicare into alternative payment models is driving the U.S. healthcare system toward greater value-based purchasing at a furious rate. Private payors also have pledged to continue to shift payments away from fee for service and into alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). Fortunately, many healthcare organizations are already exploring value-based payments—often a single innovation at a time—testing models that reward providers for meeting Triple Aim goals of improving patient experience and population health while reducing healthcare’s per capita cost.

11 Profitable Value-Based Reimbursement Models: Lessons from Early Adopters encapsulates nearly a dozen such approaches, from Bon Secours’ building of a business case for its multidisciplinary care team to the John C. Lincoln ACO’s deep dive into data analytics to identify and manage the care of high-risk, high-cost ‘VIP’ patients to ‘beat the benchmark’ to WellPoint’s engagement of specialists in care coordination.

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Infographic: Physician Burnout: Critical Stats Impacting the Healthcare Industry

September 25th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Physician burnout is arguably the most pressing concern in healthcare today and impacts entire organizations. Between 40 percent and 60 percent (depending upon specialty) of practicing physicians experience burnout, according to a new infographic by SE Healthcare.

The infographic sheds light on the impact burnout has on the healthcare industry and presents ways that healthcare organizations can create positive change.

Proactive Care Management in a Top-Performing ACO: Closing Quality and Care Gaps in High-Risk, High-Utilization PopulationsAs one of 2016’s top 10 performing MSSP accountable care organizations, UT Southwestern Accountable Care Network (UTSACN) generated nearly $17.5 million in shared savings.

Proactive Care Management in a Top-Performing ACO: Closing Quality and Care Gaps in High-Risk, High-Utilization Populations divulges some of the secrets behind UTSACN’s success in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for ACOs. Winning strategies of the UTSACN ACO include a commitment to data analytics to inform programming and improve utilization and quality as well as holding its healthcare providers accountable for clinical and fiscal decisions. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Transforming Your Patient Check-in Process

September 6th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

The patient check-in process is a crucial moment for healthcare organizations. Using outdated, inefficient, and labor-intensive processes to collect, store, and transfer patient data during check-in threatens patient safety and satisfaction as well as the productivity and profitability of healthcare organizations, according to a new infographic by Formstack.

The infographic breaks down what healthcare organizations need to know to transform their patient check-in process.

Improving the Patient Experience: Engaging Front-line Staff for a System-Wide Action PlanUnityPoint Health has moved from a siloed approach to improving the patient experience at each of its locations to a system-wide approach that encompasses a consistent, baseline experience while still allowing for each institution to address its specific needs. Armed with data from its Press Ganey and CAHPS ® Hospital Survey scores, UnityPoint’s patient experience team developed a front-line staff-driven improvement action plan.

During Improving the Patient Experience: Engaging Front-line Staff for a System-Wide Action Plan a 45-minute webinar, now available for replay, Paige Moore, director, patient experience at UnityPoint Health—Des Moines, shares how the organization switched from a top-down, leadership-driven patient experience improvement approach to one that engages front-line staff to own the process.

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Infographic: Solving the Healthcare Performance Challenge

September 4th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Changes in patient expectations, reimbursement and technology are altering the course of healthcare, according to a new infographic by Optum, Inc.

The infographic examines the goals, power of expertise, design, alignment and results in this new landscape.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Avoidable Healthcare UtilizationMedicaid expansion programs, newly covered individuals under healthcare insurance exchanges, the rise of big data, and shifts in healthcare delivery models have influenced emergency department and hospital utilization.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Avoidable Healthcare Utilization is a comprehensive analysis by the Healthcare Intelligence Network of how healthcare organizations define and address avoidable healthcare utilization. The report captures key actionable metrics on reducing avoidable healthcare utilization initiatives, challenges, case studies and innovative programming.

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Infographic: Phishing in Healthcare

September 2nd, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare employs more people than any other industry and is a portal to email addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other information phishing attackers steal for profit, according to a new infographic by Cofense.

The infographic looks at the impact of phishing attacks on the healthcare industry along with five ways healthcare organizations can protect themselves from phishing attacks.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: The Impact of Physician Burnout on Healthcare Organizations

August 30th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Physician burnout is arguably the most pressing concern in healthcare today and impacts entire organizations. Between 40 and 60 percent (depending upon specialty) of practicing physicians experience burnout, according to a new infographic by SE Healthcare.

The infographic sheds light on the impact burnout has on the healthcare industry and presents ways healthcare organizations can create positive change.

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS SuccessA laser focus on population health interventions and processes can generate immediate revenue streams for fledgling accountable care organizations that support the hard work of creating a sustainable ACO business model. This population health priority has proven a lucrative strategy for Caravan Health, whose 23 ACO clients saved more than $26 million across approximately 250,000 covered lives in 2016 under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS Success examines Caravan Health’s population health-focused approach for ACOs and its potential for positioning ACOs for success under MSSP and MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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Infographic: Your Pre-Admissions Path: Old & Rocky or New & Smooth?

August 21st, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

As the healthcare world grows increasingly interconnected, new regulations like Patient Driven Payment Model mandate patient-centered care, and data replaces rapport as the foundation of referral relationships—facilities’ care coordination processes are becoming more pivotal than ever. From beating out the competition for acute referrals to paving the way for better clinical outcomes, a modern method of managing care coordination unlocks benefits that extend far beyond the pre-admissions episode, according to a new infographic by Cantata Health.

The infographic looks at a traditional versus a modern care coordination process and highlights the potential results of each option.

The release of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ care coordination toolkit provides further evidence that care coordination is an integral part of the current healthcare delivery landscape. Whether part of the primary care office, emergency department or health plan, care coordinators are having a positive impact on both the clinical and financial outcomes for healthcare organizations.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Care Coordination is a comprehensive analysis by the Healthcare Intelligence Network of care coordination settings, strategies, targeted populations, supporting technologies, results and ROI, based on responses from over 75 healthcare organizations to the May 2019 Care Coordination survey.

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Infographic: Top 5 Hospital Performance Metrics

August 16th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Hospital performance assessment is complicated, and parsing through the vast quantity of financial, clinical, and quality data can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of metrics for administrators to track, and every hospital has unique performance goals. While some prioritize financial performance, others may seek to improve clinical outcomes. Effective performance tracking and data analysis can strengthen a facility’s financial performance, improve clinical outcomes, and raise quality scores, according to a new infographic by Definitive Healthcare, LLC.

The infographic outlines five essential hospital performance metrics.

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS SuccessA laser focus on population health interventions and processes can generate immediate revenue streams for fledgling accountable care organizations that support the hard work of creating a sustainable ACO business model. This population health priority has proven a lucrative strategy for Caravan Health, whose 23 ACO clients saved more than $26 million across approximately 250,000 covered lives in 2016 under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS Success examines Caravan Health’s population health-focused approach for ACOs and its potential for positioning ACOs for success under MSSP and MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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