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Recent Changes to Swing-Bed Regulations: Here’s What You Need to Know

Recent Changes to Swing-Bed Regulations: Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted on January 16, 2020

Swing beds were first authorized by Congress in 1980. For those keeping count, that was four decades ago! Given the long-standing nature of the program, one might think it would be set in stone by now.

The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Care Coordination: What You Need to Know

The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Care Coordination: What You Need to Know

Posted on January 09, 2020

Advancing the practice of care coordination is a vital part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’s 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

How Do Emotionally Intelligent CEOs Handle Power?

How Do Emotionally Intelligent CEOs Handle Power?

Posted on December 19, 2019

Some of history’s best leaders were bold, courageous, focused and insightful. But the power that comes along with being in charge can go unchecked if those qualities aren’t balanced by a set of traits now widely known as emotional intelligence.

Mastering the Building Blocks of Team-Based Care

Mastering the Building Blocks of Team-Based Care

Posted on December 11, 2019

As more provider organizations embrace team-based care as a way to achieve their value-based care goals and provide a better patient experience, they’re also discovering that successfully implementing team-based care is easier said than done. Siloed information, conflicting cultures, competing interests, breakdowns in communication—these and other barriers can make it difficult for teams to work together in the interest of patient care.

Critical Strategies for Interim Leaders

Critical Strategies for Interim Leaders

Posted on December 03, 2019

Interim leadership: It’s a big job, but somebody has to do it. And there’s too much at stake in healthcare today for an interim leader to simply keep the seat warm. It’s not uncommon for hospital boards to charge interim leaders with much more than maintaining the status quo while they search for the next permanent leader.

Cover These Topics When Vetting Revenue Cycle Vendors

Cover These Topics When Vetting Revenue Cycle Vendors

Posted on November 21, 2019

The right technology can help your organization optimize reimbursement, streamline disjointed workflows and minimize revenue cycle-related expenses. But with so many different vendors touting their own version of the solution, the vetting and decision-making process can be overwhelming.

Strategic Planning for Hospitals Becomes Critical Amid Change

Strategic Planning for Hospitals Becomes Critical Amid Change

Posted on November 14, 2019

Where are we now? Where should we be going? How will we get there? And how will we know if we are successful? No matter what the market landscape looks like, these are good questions to ask—and answer—on a regular basis.

Kaizen Events Hold the Key to Quality Improvement

Kaizen Events Hold the Key to Quality Improvement

Posted on November 07, 2019

The quality improvement principles of lean are particularly well-suited to the healthcare industry because of their potential to build efficient care pathways that put patients first.

Follow These Tips to Build a More Diverse Leadership Team

Follow These Tips to Build a More Diverse Leadership Team

Posted on October 30, 2019

When a hospital’s leadership team is diverse, good things happen. A frequently cited McKinsey study focuses on the financial returns of a successful diversity strategy. But in healthcare, it’s about so much more than financial returns.

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.