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Are HCC Dollars Slipping Through Your Fingers?

If you haven’t been overly concerned about hierarchical condition categories (HCCs) over the years, you’re not alone. But now more than ever, as value-based reimbursement models take root and expand, organizations that want to survive and thrive need to recognize how much is at stake if they don’t adequately document…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization, Queuelogix On: Tuesday, 8 May, 2018

Value-Based Reimbursement: The Resources and Elements that Lead to Success

For healthcare facilities, transitioning from traditional fee-for-service models to value-based care is like committing to a grueling physical fitness program. At first it’s bound to hurt a bit, but the effort is going to pay off. And the sooner you start, the better off you’ll be. Value-based care is slowly…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Why Large Hospital Systems are Investing in Outpatient Facilities

The bets are enormous. Advocate Health Care, the largest hospital network in Illinois, has put up about $700 million in the last five years. Tenet, a 77-hospital system headquartered in Dallas, is expected to put down more than $1.9 billion. And Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, which owns 172 hospitals, is going all in with…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

How 5 Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference in Patient Satisfaction Scores

How much effort does it take to improve patient-satisfaction scores and ensure that reimbursements won’t be negatively impacted? Not much, it seems, regardless of whether you think such scores are more likely to reflect quality of care or mere manipulation of patient perception?   Immersed in empathy The most recent splash in this area…

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Posted In: General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 27 March, 2018

The Growing Threat of Cyberattacks in Health Care

Hackers see too many hospitals and other healthcare facilities the way a car thief sees a parking lot full of unlocked vehicles. Easy pickings. How pervasive is the cybersecurity problem in health care? A Ponemon Institute study found that in the previous two years, 89% of healthcare organizations had dealt with data…

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Posted In: Compliance, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 6 March, 2018
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