The future of revenue cycle management: 12 trends to watch
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
21h ago
In healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM), the mantra is clear: maximize revenue and minimize costs. It’s more complex in practice, requiring RCM leaders to anticipate and adapt to whatever’s around the corner. Following the latest revenue cycle management trends is vital, as economic turbulence and labor shortages demand flexibility and resilience. Competition from new players and changing consumer expectations call for constant updates to the latest technology. And currently, as electoral news cycles heat up ahead of the general election, attention is turning to potential policy changes ..read more
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Infographic: The State of Patient Access 2024
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
5d ago
The State of Patient Access 2024 marks the fourth installment of a series of surveys initiated in 2020, comparing patient experiences and providers’ perceptions of those experiences. Experian Health’s latest infographic highlights findings from the latest survey, conducted in February 2024, involving 200 healthcare revenue cycle decision-makers and over 1,000 patients. The study reveals an overall improvement in perceptions of access to care, indicating a positive trend in providers’ efforts. However, there are still significant challenges ahead. Providers continue to believe access is better ..read more
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How to prevent healthcare claim denials
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
1w ago
As revenue cycle leaders continue to navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape, preventing healthcare claim denials remains the number one priority. Experian Health’s State of Claims 2022 report found that 30% of respondents see claims denied 10-15% of the time, while 42% were seeing the rate of denials increase year over year. Denials in healthcare, which can be easily avoided, contribute significantly to the waste of healthcare funds. These denials cause providers to lose hundreds of billions of dollars in profits annually. This blog looks at the key questions providers should as ..read more
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Case study: How Providence Health found $30M in coverage and reduced denial rates with automated eligibility checks
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
1w ago
“We are really happy with Experian. It takes away duplication of efforts and allows us to see the bigger picture. The eligibility solution works well for our team and patients.” —Emily Brown, Director of Operation Excellence at Providence Health Challenge Providence Health is a leading health system comprising of 56 hospitals and over 1,000 physician clinics. With an annual patient volume of over 28 million, Providence strives to prioritize the well-being of their patients by providing convenient, accessible, and affordable medical services. Because of high patient volumes, they faced issues ..read more
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Choosing a medical claims clearinghouse: 5 things to look for
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
2w ago
With millions of healthcare claims to process and millions of dollars at stake each month, getting claims right the first time is a top performance indicator for healthcare providers. The administrative burden is immense – there are more than a thousand health payers, each with their own requirements, edits and software. Each claim must be scrubbed to make sure every last detail is correct before it’s submitted – or the result will be delayed payments and lost revenue. By taking this resource-intensive activity off providers’ hands, medical billing clearinghouses are often the “most valuable ..read more
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How to improve the patient experience in 4 steps
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
3w ago
Slow communications, confusing billing and a scarcity of digital options are the last things patients want to deal with when seeking medical care. Yet, this is exactly what happens for too many – and it’s a significant financial risk for providers. This article examines why the patient experience matters and suggests four areas for improvement. Specifically, it looks at the digital tools that put patients in the driving seat and boost patient satisfaction and profitability. What is the patient experience? Improving the patient experience starts with answering the following question: what does ..read more
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Patient and provider perspectives on patient access
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
3w ago
What do patients and providers really think about patient access services in 2024? Drawing insights from more than 1000 patients and 200 healthcare executives, Experian Health’s fourth State of Patient Access survey pulls back the curtain. Previous surveys revealed a persistent gap between patient and provider perspectives on patient access, but could the gap finally be closing? The State of Patient Access 2024 report suggests that while discrepancies remain, the two groups appear closer than ever. This article provides a summary of the State of Patient Access 2024 report, and gives a run-dow ..read more
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6 steps to improving the claims adjudication process
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
1M ago
“Is this claim valid? How much is our financial responsibility?” These are the two big questions payers want to answer when adjudicating healthcare claims. Huge amounts of patient information, clinical data, diagnostic and billing codes, and policy specifications must be analyzed and cross-checked to verify that the right amount is paid to the right party. It’s a complex process. Even the smallest error can result in a claim being rejected or denied, dragging out payment timelines and eating up provider profits. That’s why healthcare providers should reevaluate their claims adjudication proce ..read more
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3 tips for healthcare revenue cycle predictability
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Experian Health
1M ago
Many healthcare providers believe pairing “revenue cycle” with a qualifier like “predictable” is an oxymoron. From healthcare staffing shortages that slow down reimbursement tasks to increasing payer denials, financial regularity can seem like an unattainable goal for these organizations. The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports over one-half of U.S. hospitals had financial losses in 2022. Another AHA survey shows that 84% of these organizations say the cost of complying with complicated payer policies is climbing. Providers throw an excessive amount of time and staff at chasing revenu ..read more
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Medical billing software: the future of RCM
Experian Health | Healthcare Management Blog
by Kelly Nguyen
1M ago
Medical billing is the first line of defense against claims denials. However, medical billing errors cost U.S. healthcare systems approximately $935 million weekly. Not only do preventable errors wreak havoc on providers’ revenue cycle, but patients say they’re frustrated at the time spent correcting these errors—45% spend up to one month on the back and forth between payers and provider billing teams. Better medical billing software can automate claims management at the beginning of the reimbursement process and eliminate the traditionally labor-intensive processes plagued by human erro ..read more
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