Rural Hospitals Continue to Face Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Challenges

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Issues Persist at Rural Hospitals

 

Rural hospitals are currently facing a unique set of healthcare revenue cycle management challenges that may force them out of business if not addressed properly. Should this happen, the country’s rural population can possibly be left without any available healthcare options in their area. After all, rural hospitals are sparsely located throughout the land.

From 2010 to August 2017, a disturbing trend continues to haunt the healthcare industry. According to recent data from the University of North Carolina’s G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, as many as 80 rural hospital closed during the said period. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2xR3ieq

 

 

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The Key to Lowering Patient Cost is Value-Based Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management

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A certain point has been made clear during the recent Value-Based Care Summit in Chicago by Xtelligent Media. In enabling healthcare organizations to align their healthcare revenue cycle management with value-based reimbursements, they need to start breaking down both financial and clinical siloes that have been established using the fee-for-service payment models. Moreover, everyone in each healthcare organization must learn to work together better.

According to Carmela Roberts, JD, CEO and Administrator of Valley OB-GYN Clinic in Michigan, there is a need to promote collaboration among all hospital staff, including those serving operational, financial and clinical duties. This, according to her, would be the key to developing a value cycle instead of the traditional healthcare revenue cycle.

Balancing Quality Services and Cost Efficiency

The value cycle looks to cover all the processes that can optimize financial, operational and clinical opportunities to achieve the best possible health outcomes at the lowest possible cost. As such, it would include a number of traditional revenue cycle management components, including charge capture, claims management, compliance and pricing. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2vbey6Y

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management: A Drop in Prices, Spending and Employment

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The healthcare industry saw lower numbers in the first quarter of the year. Records showed that prices, spending and employment took a fall from June 2016 to April 2017. This downward trend occurred three years after healthcare spending was accelerated.

According to statistics, healthcare prices dropped 1.9% from March to April this year. It’s only 1.6% higher than that of last year, marking the lowest annual growth rate since June 2016. Healthcare employment growth, on the other hand, fell by 10,000 per month since 2016, while healthcare spending declined by 0.5% during the same period.

These figures came amid the controversies surrounding the Trump administration’s plans to repeal Obamacare and the recent proposed budget cuts that will affect Social Security Disability Insurance. There are various reasons for the drop and slow growth in healthcare prices, spending and employment. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2uYpLFK