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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final version of its hospital quality ratings Wednesday and posted them to the Hospital Compare website. Many of the most well-known hospitals in the nation received below average scores while lesser known facilities took the top scores.
Thanks to The Excellence in Mental Health Act (ExACT) passed in 2014, it’s predicted that 2016 will be a big year for Behavioral Health. As the country takes critical steps towards moving Behavioral healthcare off the back burner, demand for these services continues to grow. This will result in ample opportunity for organizations diving into Behavioral Health or BH Integration to champion the cause in 2016. But it’s important to remember that the impact of Behavioral health moves across the care continuum.