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Use Combo Codes Correctly to Maximize Revenue

Use Combo Codes Correctly to Maximize Revenue

Posted on October 14, 2019

Combination codes are hardly a new concept for provider organizations, but the inception of the ICD-10 coding system upped the ante, introducing more codes that provide increasing levels of specificity of acuity. As if that’s not complicated enough, the guidelines for how to use combo codes keep changing, says Julie Seaman, CCS, CCS-P, coding and CDI director for eCatalyst Healthcare Solutions.

Avoid Making These Mistakes on Your Clinical QI Initiatives

Avoid Making These Mistakes on Your Clinical QI Initiatives

Posted on October 09, 2019

Not every hospital or physician practice that adheres to the Lean approach is successful in achieving those goals. And it’s usually because they’re making one or all of these mistakes.

Making the Case: Hospitals Need More Diversity in Leadership

Making the Case: Hospitals Need More Diversity in Leadership

Posted on October 02, 2019

Projections by the U.S. Census Bureau show that America’s demographics are changing. Racial and ethnic minorities will become the majority by 2043, but what will the C-suites of the hospitals that serve them look like? If the present is any indication, the future boards and C-suites might continue to be dominated by older white men.

Strategic Partnership, M&A, Management Contract – What Is Right For You?

Strategic Partnership, M&A, Management Contract – What Is Right For You?

Posted on September 18, 2019

Rural hospital closures are a reality facing communities across the country. Since 2010, 113 rural hospitals have shuttered, with the majority of those closures happening in the South. The North Carolina Rural Hospital Research Program points to multiple contributing factors, including changing population demographics, decreased demand for inpatient services, market trends that currently favor M&A, and Medicaid expansion (or lack thereof).

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Hospital CEOs and CFOs

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Hospital CEOs and CFOs

Posted on September 12, 2019

Conventional wisdom says effective leadership is about boldness, courage and vision. Indeed, those are excellent qualities for a CEO or CFO to possess, but there’s a delicate balance that’s required for truly effective leadership. On the other side of the scale is a trait known as emotional intelligence.

The Threats Are Real: 4 Challenges Facing Rural Hospitals

The Threats Are Real: 4 Challenges Facing Rural Hospitals

Posted on September 04, 2019

They may be small, but rural hospitals serve a big role. They provide care to almost half of the U.S. population, and often serve as the cornerstones of their communities.

4 Steps for Growing Your Swing Bed Program

4 Steps for Growing Your Swing Bed Program

Posted on August 29, 2019

As of July 2018, there were nearly 1,400 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and the majority of them provided swing bed services. No, the beds don’t swing physically. Rather, they can swing between—or be used interchangeably for—acute-care and post-acute care patients.

The Journey to a Lean Culture in Healthcare

The Journey to a Lean Culture in Healthcare

Posted on August 22, 2019

mproving the quality of care and taking a patient-centered approach remain top priorities in healthcare today, along with mitigating the industry’s skyrocketing costs.

Tips for Recruiting Older Workers for Healthcare Jobs

Tips for Recruiting Older Workers for Healthcare Jobs

Posted on August 15, 2019

Move over, millennials. The fastest-growing segment of the workforce isn’t younger workers, but older ones, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2024, the government estimates some 164 million people will be in the U.S. workforce.

Chronic Care Management Basics—What You Need to Know

Chronic Care Management Basics—What You Need to Know

Posted on August 07, 2019

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched its Chronic Care Management initiative, which allows practices to bill Medicare separately for coordinating chronic-care services for patients with two or more chronic conditions.