Entries by ABILITY

Providers report positive impacts from ACA

As the dust continues to settle in the aftermath of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), data shows that healthcare providers in both ambulatory and acute settings have seen positive impacts from the law. Voters across the political spectrum now point to high drug costs as their biggest healthcare concern, indicating that the […]

ICD-10: Ready to flip the switch?

With very little time remaining until October 1, healthcare providers are anxiously awaiting the change to ICD-10. The vast majority of providers have likely taken some steps to prepare, but as Robert Tennant, an adviser for the Medical Group Management Association, told Modern Healthcare, October 1 will be “like the garbage disposal. You’re flipping a switch […]

NOTICE Act may relieve SNF workers from being bearers of bad news

In July, we covered the recommendation from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that Congress mandate that hospitals communicate better with patients about whether they’ve been admitted as an inpatient or if they are on observation status. The Commission’s wish has now come true, thanks to the passage of the Notice of Observation Treatment and […]

Directors of Revenue Cycle Management are in demand

Managing the healthcare revenue cycle has never really been simple, but in today’s climate of increasing cost pressures, provider competition, payer negotiations, and changing regulations, it may be harder than ever. As two recent articles in Healthcare Finance have detailed, that’s why Directors of Revenue Cycle Management are in demand at hospitals and other healthcare […]

AHA publishes checklist for ICD-10 homestretch

The American Hospital Association has issued a downloadable checklist for healthcare administrators to consult for the “ICD-10 homestretch.” While the AHA’s list is aimed at hospital leaders, administrators in other healthcare settings will likely find it applicable as well, as it breaks down the to-dos into three universal categories:

Uninsured rate falls below 10 percent

For the first time since 1972, the rate of uninsured people in the U.S. has fallen below 10 percent, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. That figure is one of several positive trends discussed in a new report from the National Health Interview Survey. The report shows a continued decline in the […]

Is your SNF ready for ICD-10?

October 1 draws ever-closer, meaning now is ICD-10 crunch time for many healthcare providers. At SNFs and other facilities where billers have become accustomed to working with a familiar and relatively limited code set, the change means a lot of studying is underway.   

ICD-10 Preparation: Do you know your baseline stats?

As the ICD-10 countdown continues, coders and billers in physicians’ offices are taking many steps to make sure they’ll be ready. You’re likely attending trainings or using online resources to learn the new codes, and you’re probably also conducting testing with payers. Despite these measures, many in the industry fear that ICD-10 implementation will have […]