Exciting Growth at ABILITY

Thank you to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges; Cecile Bedor from the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership; Kevin McKinnon, from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; and Elyse Ruiz, representing U. S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.  We had a great event celebrating our partnership with Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota to support our growth and  leadership in healthcare. The ceremony “cut the ribbon” on our new 8,500 sq. ft. expansion in our Minneapolis office. All our special guests assisted with the $500K job incentive package that is helping fuel the growth of ABILITY as we create over 170 jobs over the next 2-3 years.

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For SNFs, changing payment models help sharpen the focus on quality

A recent article in HealthLeaders Media outlines the ongoing evolution of SNFs, pointing to the development of new payment models as a major driver of change. “An ever-increasing number of SNFs nationwide are embracing the shift from fee-for-service medicine to delivering quality care at the lowest possible cost,” states the article. Read more

Bud Meadows

Celebrating Customer Service Week

Today marks the beginning of Customer Service Week! If you are unfamiliar with this tradition, we at ABILITY believe it’s worth sharing. Customer Service Week has been a nationally recognized event since a congressional proclamation in 1992, and is now observed by thousands of organizations around the world. Read more

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 ACA will likely play a smaller role in the 2016 presidential election, and giving providers confidence that the benefits they’ve seen thus far are likely to remain. Read more

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 and hoping a fork isn’t in there.” Read more

Joline Storla

Working toward better eligibility checks at clinics

ABILITY recently conducted a survey of health clinics to ask about their eligibility verification processes. The full results can be found in this news release, but the takeaway was that a lot of clinics reported they were still relying on some very time-consuming processes. Read more

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 Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act. The new law gives hospitals 36 hours (or up to the point of discharge, if that comes sooner) to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status. Read more

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 facilities around the country. Read more

ICD-10 countdown

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: Read more

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 uninsured rate since 2013. Read more