What’s Up With HIM? Three Things to Know

January 14th, 2020 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

The new year has officially come and gone, and we’ve found our way back into the 20s. Fortunately, health information management has become more sophisticated (and complicated) than anyone who lived a century ago would have ever guessed. Now that we’re here, it’s time to buckle down and tackle the tough issues facing health information …

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What’s Your 2020 RCM Strategy?

December 19th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

Heading into 2020, having a sound revenue cycle management strategy (RCM) in place is a top priority for hospitals and healthcare organizations trying to navigate the ever-increasing world of healthcare payment. Most healthcare leaders recognize that chasing reimbursement is getting harder than ever. High deductible health plans (HDHP) are increasing the patient responsibility, so hospitals …

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Two Key RCM Drivers for 2020

December 4th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

Looking ahead to 2020, it’s safe to assume that most hospitals and health systems will continue to focus on improving their revenue cycle – after all, it’s the only way to survive in a rapidly-consolidating market where margins continue to shrink. While most systems have been working on this for years, the industry continues to …

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Five Ways to Think Differently About RCM

November 26th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

Improving your revenue cycle in an era of healthcare reform isn’t easy – but it’s the only way to survive as margins continue to shrink. Looking within your organization for ways to mitigate lost revenue and decrease leakage can lead to greater financial performance. Today’s savvy health systems are thinking creatively about ways to enhance …

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Top 4 Reasons Your Revenue Cycle is Probably Struggling (and What to Do About It…)

November 18th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

Hospitals have historically operated with fairly lean profit margins, but what happens when those margins continue to shrink? Everyone knows healthcare reform is critical to the future of US hospitals but getting there is proving to be more difficult than many experts anticipated. Straddling the line between fee-for-service models of care and the shift to …

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Hospitals, Are Your Acquired Practices’ Coding Practices Up to Code?

October 30th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

Hospitals are acquiring physician practices left and right – with consolidation increasing exponentially over the past decade. In fact, in just the four years between 2012 and 2016, there was a 63 percent increase in the percentage of hospital-employed physicians, in addition to thousands of practice acquisitions. Most of this consolidation is due to the …

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Reducing Administrative Burden – Hospitals’ Wish List for CMS

October 23rd, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

U.S. hospitals have a long list of requests for CMS in helping to reduce administrative burdens that make it difficult for healthcare organizations to maintain profitability during a time of healthcare reform. Earlier this summer, CMS issued a request for information from stakeholders as part of its Patients Over Paperwork project. Looking for input on …

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Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) Catches On, Delivering ROI & High Marks for Customer Satisfaction

October 15th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

According to KLAS Research, a leading healthcare IT data and insights company, 94 percent of users who have invested in computer assisted coding would buy it again if given the choice. Based on a research study published in late August, hospitals and health systems are really now starting to realize the many benefits of computer …

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Value-Based Care – It Starts and Ends With Documentation

October 8th, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

We’ve all heard the adage – when it comes to healthcare, if it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to value-based care – particularly as it relates to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services risk adjustment program. This innovative program offers higher payments to providers who deliver …

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Successfully Managing DRG Mismatches

October 1st, 2019 / Judi Cahill / Posted in Gebbs Healthcare

The old saying says it best – two heads are better than one. That’s the crux of DRG reconciliation – the process whereby an organization compares the diagnosis-related group (DRG) code identified by clinical documentation improvement (CDI) teams with the DRG code applied by coding staff to identify discrepancies. While clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and …

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