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Massachusetts Insurance Companies Reveal Health-Cost Calculators

October 30, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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Massachusetts is live with its effort to reveal health care prices. This is important not just because health cost transparency is one of our favorite issues; it’s also important because knowing what things cost is a factor in how people choose treatment and what they pay for their health insurance and for their treatments.[read more]

Should You Give Up on ACOs?

October 30, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACOs

Some healthcare organizations are finding that while ACOs might be remarkable in theory, they are really a struggle to put into practice. There comes a time when the risk/benefit profile may suggest that the time isn’t right for ACO adoption – but how can healthcare systems evaluate if that’s true for them?[read more]

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Physicians Finding the Joy in Population Health

October 30, 2014 by Andrew Mellin

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In practices in which successful population health management programs have been established, I’ve heard many anecdotal stories about reluctant physicians who were hesitant to accept the “intrusion” of care managers into their patient population. Months later, they realized the benefits.[read more]

The Importance of Time in Orthopedic Patient Payment Collections

October 29, 2014 by Andy Salmen

When it comes to collecting payments for orthopedic services rendered, time is the enemy. As time passes, the likelihood for reimbursement decreases. What can a practice do to ensure the collection of payments? One solution that will increase the likelihood of being reimbursed is upfront collection of payments.[read more]

Health IT and Digital Health Jobs, Qualifications, and Certification Benefits

October 28, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of healthcare IT opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT.[read more]

5 Collection Strategies That Won't Ruin Your Relationship with Patients

October 27, 2014 by Abby Norman

Even though you are technically seeking to “collect” payment from patients who may have outstanding balances, if you want to maintain positive and supportive relationships with them, it would be unwise to approach payments through a facade of intimidation and penalty.[read more]

The Effectiveness of SEO vs. PPC in Physician Marketing Plans

October 24, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

SEO vs. PPC

Two of the most widely discussed online marketing strategies are SEO and PPC. Is one of these strategies more effective than the other? In a revealing case study, MD Connect conducted an empirical analysis to answer just that question.[read more]

Are ACOs Just the Managed Care of the 90's?

October 23, 2014 by Abby Norman

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A major theory driving the criticism of Accountable Care is that ACOs are, in fact, just a glamorized version of the Managed Care Organizations of the 1980s and 1990s which, historically, didn’t work as intended and therefore would be a mistake to bring back into circulation.[read more]

A Quick Guide to the Marketplace Open Enrollment – Begins Nov 15

October 22, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

2015 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is right around the corner for the Marketplace. Are you prepared? Do you know what changes are slated for 2015? Do you know the specifics for your state? Do you have the option to keep the same coverage as you had in 2014?[read more]

How Pharma Can Meet Consumer Expectations

October 21, 2014 by Michael Dermer

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Consumers expect rewards from pharma. 63 percent of the patients in a recent survey say they want to participate in customer rewards programs. Integrating incentives into the overall patient experience is not only a solution that can drive important goals like medication adherence, but it is also what consumers expect.[read more]

Why Are My Receipts Down?

October 21, 2014 by Andy Salmen

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While it's easy to blame low receipts on patients with unpaid balances or on insurance companies simply not paying, often the issue lies somewhere within the practice itself and whether or not it follows best practices in all areas of revenue cycle management. Here are three common areas to keep in mind when investigating low receipts.[read more]

Why the Business of Pain Management Is Big and Getting Bigger

October 20, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

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Through our research of the pain management market (and hereafter in this report we’ll use the terms ‘pain management’ and ‘pain medicine’ interchangeably), we’ve become convinced that the millions of patients seeking pain treatment in the U.S. could benefit from a more integrated and coordinated care approach.[read more]