Monday, July 18, 2016

When Language Becomes a Barrier

It’s no secret that unpaid medical bills remain a huge headache for hospitals--enough to even force some of them to shut down. And one of the areas where this is exacerbated is when dealing with patients with disabilities. Unlike people with a broken bone or the flu, a disabled person will require much more doctor visits and tests to ensure their recovery.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Young Adults Spell Trouble for Hospital Revenues

It’s official: the country has entered the Age of the Millennial. According to Pew Research census date, there are now 75.4 million millennials in America compared to just 74.9 million Baby Boomers, making the former the largest living generation in the country.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace Put Up for Review 5 Years After

The ObamaCare had a very controversial start, but five years on and it’s proving to be the positive change that it was purported to be. Adjustments are still being made, though, and there is certainly more room for improvements for healthcare facilities and their revenue cycle management systems.

With this new policy, also comes new health insurance marketplace coverage options, which should prove to be a lot of help for the ObamaCare benefactors. On the part of the companies, meanwhile, the adjustment would be crucial in delivering a smooth transition of filed documents and records pertaining to their clients and patient, especially those who are classified as self-pay patients who pay outside of the mechanisms of an insurance policy. In its stead, however, is the available option for ACA enrollment.

Would Obama’s Call for SS Expansion Affect Disability Social Security?

On June 1, 2016, President Barack Obama called for the further expansion of the Social Security program, particularly to support retirees. Saying that “fewer and fewer people have pensions they can really count on,” Obama said that officials should work for the program’s greater “long-term health” and make it more “generous” for “today’s retirees and future generations.” He then suggested that bigger tax contributions from higher-income Americans – including himself – could make this expansion possible.

Government welfare, particularly in healthcare, has been one of the most contentious issues in the outgoing President’s tenure. Obama’s statements figure to be a “game-changer” in the race to replace him, says Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times.

With Eligibility for Medicaid, You Can Now Get Care Against Zika Virus

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) announced on June 1, 2016 that Medicaid funds can now be used to help combat the Zika virus. This virus, transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes, causes fever, rashes and joint pain in adults. It is rarely a cause of death, but has serious health consequences on pregnant women and their unborn.

In a five-page bulletin, the CMCS describes how individuals with eligibility for Medicaid can protect themselves from the virus, undergo tests to see if they have contracted it and receive treatment in case they do.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Disability and The Cost of Getting Better

According to the 2012 Census, about one in five Americans has a disability. One of the sectors that feels the brunt of this statistic is the medical industry, as doctors and nurses treat more and more patients with disabilities. What’s more, this number is about to grow even bigger if historical trends hold true.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Supplementing Revenue Cycle Management Companies with Helpful Tools

When it comes to delivering quality healthcare, it’s not just about being able to provide the necessary equipment and service to treat the patient. Healthcare is a comprehensive, holistic experience that spans from the moment the patient arrives in the facility until they are checked out completely.

In all of this, it’s fairly easy to understand how the staff can be inundated with administrative tasks on top of their medical duties. What is revenue cycle management further contributing to this status quo is a lot more complication that can very well affect the operations of the facility as a whole. This is why alternative options exist, such as, supporting agencies that can provide assistance to the facility for this particular task.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Why People Don’t Sign Up for Obamacare

Running a hospital is certainly no walk in the park. On the one hand, your facility is tasked with ensuring the health of people; on the other, it’s tasked with maintaining a healthy bottom line. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that it’s hard to balance these two interests, at least for the vast majority of hospitals in the country.