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What is revenue cycle management in healthcare?

Revenue cycle management (RCM) in healthcare is the fiscal process that guides the identification, management and collection of payments for patient services. The process begins with patient pre-registration, is followed by claims submission, and concludes with remittance processing. We understand hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare operations want to prioritize their limited funds to improve […]

Reducing the high cost of overtime

With so much attention on data – from strategies and ownership to data centralization, integration, mining and ethics  – it can be easy to overlook the power of simple data sets. Staffing decisions have significant financial implications, and because overtime is one of the more visible drains on healthcare budgets, it tends to get the […]

7 revenue cycle management best practices

We understand that your focus is (and should be) caring for your patients. But we also understand that patient care cannot happen without processes in place to ensure proper payment of expenses. With ever-changing healthcare regulations and new reimbursement models, it’s imperative for healthcare organizations to maintain a strong, stable revenue cycle management (RCM) process. […]

How to check Medicare status quickly and easily

For physician practices, hospitals and all healthcare organizations, streamlining your revenue cycle management is critical. One of the best ways to recoup payments faster is with up-front Medicare eligibility checks. With the changes in the Affordable Care Act, patient responsibility is often in play and healthcare organizations who can communicate effectively with patients about how […]

Three tips for better nurse engagement that drives quality care

Nurses are the heart of every healthcare organization. Not only are they passionate about providing expert care, they are also educators, counselors and their patients’ strongest advocates. While caring for nursing home residents can be rewarding, it is also quite challenging. Working long demanding shifts in a high-stress environment can lead to burnout and high […]

Skilled nursing facilities to receive break on reporting staffing data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended timeline requirements for reporting direct staffing data in skilled nursing facilities. The extension is part of a series of blanket waivers to CMS requirements that is designed to relieve bureaucratic stress on SNF staff as they implement infection control programs to combat the COVID-19 outbreak […]