While health plans encourage wearables, the assessment of the benefits of wearables has been the target of several recent studies. Researches are interested in discovering the “stickiness” of the devices and their effect on wellness program success. The studies note that the Inside employer and payer wellness programs as well as the independent user reflect positively.
There was a significant change in uninsured numbers growing for people ages 35 to 49, adults making more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($47,520 for an individual and $97,200 for a family of four), and those living in states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey. Policy fixes like expanding Medicaid in all states, making premium subsidies available to more people, and assisting consumers as they shop for coverage on the marketplaces, the report finds, could address some of the barriers the uninsured face in gaining coverage.
The national debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has involved substantial discussion about what effects — if any — insurance coverage has on health and mortality. Health plans play a leadership role in healthcare reforms. While debate continues, a recent piece in the New England Journal of Medicine answers one main question. Does having insurance coverage improve health outcomes?
It is important to acknowledge that CMOs and CFOs speak different languages, have different perspectives and focus on different goals. It is absolutely critical for clinical and financial leaders to recognize and understand the pain points of their colleagues on the other side of the C-suite. The need for CMO-CFO collaboration is just as evident in the financial realm of health care organizations.
Both payers and providers cannot find enough specialized talent for reviewing complex cases and claims, especially, behavioral health care. This unfortunately leads to in-house staff making decisions and hoping the decisions stick. Revenue processes need razor-thin efficiency in this new age of healthcare and using experienced personnel for making high risk decisions makes the most of your resources.
Medical review is the collection of information and clinical review of medical records by physician advisors (for providers reviewing cases before submissions) or a peer review team (for payers) to ensure that payment is made only for services that meet coverage, coding, and medical necessity requirements. Here are 10 instances which can help you better identify when its time to look for a partner.
PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) released the results from a post-election survey focusing on models of health insurers of the future and the expectations of future members. The results and impacts outlined in their website report, identifies missions and investments for organizations best suited for targeted populations. Here are 10 instances which can help you better identify when its time to look for a partner.
Many payers and providers look to independent review organizations (IROs) as first-tier entities to gain efficiencies with decision-making and for an outside perspective on case documentation, utilization, and levels of care. So how do you know when it's time to start working with an IRO? Here are 10 instances which can help you better identify when its time to look for a partner.
You know your reimbursement process needs attention when the response to an adverse determination is to resend the exact same paperwork through the pipeline. In a few cases, the ROI on a resend appears reasonable, but peel back the band-aid and you will find a process needing attention. Understanding data management is denial management begins the healing process.
Last year, we published a blog about Washington State's IRO Transparency Project. As the ACA evolves into the next phase of healthcare, states continue using tools and resources developed over the past five years. BHM's continues in its role as a leader in IRO services with an update on Washington's project.