Collections Optimization

The Post-COVID-19 Patient Journey: What’s next for healthcare?

COVID-19 transformed the patient journey, and it’s clear when we evaluate every step. Data and technology gave patients the convenience, flexibility, and control to get care on their terms, and these changes will be here to stay. From marketing to scheduling to payments and more – providers and payers have ample opportunities to respond to …

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How COVID-19 changed the patient journey: A call for digital transformation

COVID-19 changed every aspect of the patient journey – placing unprecedented demands on the healthcare system and accelerating the need for digital transformation industry-wide. Telehealth, touchless engagement, and self-service scheduling became the new normal; however, this created new stress on operations, administration, and finance. While this new normal comes with many challenges, data and digital …

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The State of Patient Access 2.0: 4 opportunities to strengthen the digital experience

“93% of providers say creating a better patient experience remains a top priority, up 3% from last year.” – Experian Health’s State of Patient Access, June 2021 Download now In November 2020, we surveyed patients and providers for their sentiments on how patient access changed because of the pandemic. During this time, patients welcomed the …

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Healthcare Transparency: Pandemic cool down turns up regulatory heat

The pandemic dominated healthcare in 2020, but it won’t be recognized as a reason to delay complying with CMS’ price transparency mandate, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. In a recent study conducted by HealthAffairs indicated 65 of the 100 largest hospitals in America had not complied as of February 2021. And new …

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Leveraging comprehensive consumer data to improve healthcare collections

Collections were tough even before COVID-19 hit. Provider’s bottom lines were already strained, and the high-deductible trend continued, putting patients on the hook for a bigger chunk of their medical bills. A highly volatile – but improving – employment environment hasn’t helped, and some patients’ ability to pay hasn’t kept pace with their growing financial …

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Navigating the complexities of health coverage and reimbursement beyond the pandemic

Product featured in this article: Coverage Discovery As of the end of March 2021, more than 53 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, allowing for cautious optimism as we prepare for the next phase of the COVID-19 journey. Unfortunately for pharmacists, the vaccination program has compounded many of the challenges of the last 12 months. …

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Q&A: Optimize reimbursements by submitting cleaner claims

Many thought the end of COVID-19 was in sight with the availability of a vaccine, and while that is somewhat true, an entirely new set of issues has arrived: how to properly administer and manage the vaccine. Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and underway, providers need to execute a medical billing and coding …

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Q&A: optimizing reimbursements by capturing missed coverage

Other blog posts in this series: Segmenting your patient population for the COVID-19 vaccine Engaging patient segments with convenient, secure scheduling solutions Authenticating portal access with automation As the vaccine management process continues to ramp up, providers are focused on how to administer the vaccine to as many people as quickly and efficiently as possible. …

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Four strategies to optimize patient collections

Experian Health products referenced in this blog post: Patient Financial Clearance Coverage Discovery Collections Optimization Manager Healthcare may be historically more recession-resistant that other industries, but the COVID-19 pandemic has left many providers hurting financially, as many patients struggle to pay their bills. Patient collections were already a challenge, with declining Medicaid coverage and rising …

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Success at a glance: finding unidentified coverage

It is estimated that 30-50% of denied claims occur on the front end during the patient access process, namely during registration, authorization and eligibility. Unfortunately, manual patient intake processes contribute to these denials, and ultimately, the bottom line, staff productivity and the patient experience take the hit. Banner Health chose to automate its patient access …

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What is Revenue Cycle Management?

There is no question that providers’ bottom line has been hit hard this year, and a new surge in COVID-19 is bound to threaten hospital finances once again. As healthcare providers look to supercharge their payment velocity during these uncertain times, it’s worth taking a step back to examine the revenue cycle management process as …

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2021 Patient Experience Predictions

As 2020 draws to a close and headlines hint that the end might finally be in sight for the pandemic, the healthcare industry is considering COVID-19’s legacy. The sudden shift to contactless care, financial consequences of widespread social distancing measures and changing expectations of the patient experience have upended the world of healthcare and health …

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How to improve collections and patient satisfaction with contactless payments

How did Starbucks lose $1.2 billion in sales during the pandemic, but still exceed revenue expectations in the last quarter? The answer lies in contactless mobile payments. By making it possible for coffee lovers to pre-order and pay for their morning cappuccino through a mobile app, the company was able to offer a safe and …

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Success at a glance: patient-centric collections

With high-deductible health plans, larger out of pocket costs, and confusion about medical costs in general, it’s no surprise that patients today face increased financial responsibility. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has introduced an entirely new level of financial responsibility and uncertainty for both patients and providers. Like many provider organizations across the country, Yale New …

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Q&A with Experian Health senior director of data compliance on CMS updates for Medicare ABN forms

As every healthcare executive knows, a healthy revenue cycle relies on precise paperwork. That’s why all Medicare providers should be paying close attention to the revised medical necessity form, which will be mandatory starting January 1, 2021. Failure to use the new Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN) form could lead to denied claims, financial …

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Success at a glance: improved collections, part two

While all hospitals and health systems will no doubt encounter revenue-specific challenges related to the pandemic, a solid foundation and targeted approach for improved collections can help speed up the road to recovery. In fact, it was Sanford Health’s unique approach to increasing patient collections that allowed it to both optimize collections during the pandemic …

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Success at a glance: improved collections, part one

Before working with Experian Health, call center operations at Sanford Health were disparate and disjointed, with each call center operating on a different phone system with different carriers. While some centers saw high abandonment rates, others were waiting around for calls. Although Sanford attempted to create balance by placing accounts in a work queue, the …

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Finding unidentified coverage without a Social Security Number (SSN)

Finding previously unidentified insurance coverage can feel a little like a game of hide and seek. Patients may not always be aware of their insurance or eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid, and, in an effort to both improve the patient financial experience and simultaneously improve collections, providers are often tasked with finding this information on …

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Is COVID-19 another catalyst for price transparency?

Few of us would buy a new car or TV without checking the price tag first. Why should our healthcare be any different? Yet this is exactly what many patients are forced to do when they need medical tests or treatment. Following the breadcrumbs on a provider’s website is a time-consuming and confusing way for …

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Technology key for hospital financial recovery following COVID-19

Financial recovery after COVID-19 is likely to be a slow burn for most healthcare organizations, according to a recent survey. Nearly 90% of healthcare executives expect revenue to drop below pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2020, with one in five anticipating a hit greater than 30%. While the return of elective procedures will be …

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Five Keys to Tackling Flu Season as it Collides with COVID-19

With a vaccine for COVID-19 thought to be at least a year away, healthcare providers are steeling themselves for even more cases in the fall. The big worry is that a surge in cases will hit the health system just as flu season takes hold. In a recent interview, Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the …

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Five keys to tackling flu season as it collides with COVID-19

With a vaccine for COVID-19 thought to be at least a year away, healthcare providers are steeling themselves for even more cases in the fall. The big worry is that a surge in cases will hit the health system just as flu season takes hold. In a recent interview, Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the …

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3 types of data providers should leverage to improve self-pay collections strategies

By January 2021, millions of those who suffered job losses in the wake of COVID-19 will see their unemployment insurance end. Medicaid and subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be a safety net for many, but nearly 2 million Americans could find themselves stuck in the ‘coverage gap’, where their household income …

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4 Ways to Make Patient Collections More Compassionate

Medical expenses are often a source of anxiety for many patients, whether they are unsure about the amount owed or how they’ll ultimately pay for it. Unfortunately, intimidating collections processes don’t help, and a crisis like COVID-19 only exacerbates this stress. A more compassionate billing approach could help patients better navigate their financial obligations and …

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Telehealth Benefits Expansion: Helping Providers Maximize Reimbursement

Patients today expect digital capabilities from their provider and will increasingly choose those who offer digital capabilities. Knowing this, many providers have been working to shift more of the patient journey online, through telehealth and virtual care. Not all care needs to be delivered face to face, and technological advances allow patients to access more …

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Medicare MBI: COVID-19 and Medicare Claims

At the beginning of the year, the healthcare industry moved away from Medicare identifiers based on Social Security Numbers (SSNs), in favor of more secure Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). As with any large-scale change program, the shift was unlikely to be completely clear sailing. But with the coronavirus pandemic landing shortly after the 21-month transition …

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How automating charity care eligibility improves the patient financial experience

There’s a phenomenon in online product reviews where the customer seems to love their purchase, yet gives it only one or two stars. Why do they do this? Poor customer service: the item was delivered late, questions went unanswered, or payment processing was disorganized. When the consumer experience falls below expectations, the brand suffers – …

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