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Cybersecurity in Healthcare and You

How much would you spend to get your life back? What about those of your patients? These are questions that many healthcare providers must ask themselves at one point or another. The healthcare sector has become one of the most popular among hackers and cyber criminals because medical identity theft is an incredibly lucrative business. Millions of patient medical records were exposed in 2016, and that number is projected to…
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Why I Don’t Want to Pay My Doctor: A Patient’s Perspective

A recent visit for an annual physical left me feeling angry, cheated, and worst of all, broke. After expecting a twenty-dollar co-pay, I was shocked to hear the administrator at the front desk utter, “And, today, you owe, $275.” My eyes grew big, almost popping out of my head, “Excuse me?” I questioned. “I’m sorry; you haven’t met your deductible yet” she explained with a smile. “I’ve seen worse,” she…
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The Forces Shaping Healthcare: 2017 Trends You Should Know

It has been quite the year for healthcare providers and their patients. Major shifts in policy like the MACRA Final Rule and the end of the ICD-10 grace period have ushered in a new era of value over volume. Not to mention a new president-elect, declaring the repeal and replacement of the ACA one of his top priorities. The future of the industry is hazy, but what’s certain is the…
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Machine Learning & The Future of Radiology AI Technology

Imagine this: You walk into your doctor’s office with a pain in your chest. After discussing your symptoms, your doctor inputs said information into a computer, which immediately provides the latest research on how she might diagnose and treat your problem. Based on the combination of her knowledge and experience, plus the information provided by the computer, she determines that you need a chest X-ray, and the computer again helps…
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Better Data, Better Decisions. Improving Healthcare with Business Intelligence

There’s a ridiculous amount of data flowing through medical practices and billing companies every single day. EMR/EHR data, billing data, cost data, patient data… It’s enough to make your head spin. With the push to value-based care, every health organization is finding the need to transform that data into something that will improve outcomes – from both a patient and organizational level. It’s not just about capturing and managing data…
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How to Improve Patient Engagement with the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

It’s time to say goodbye to fee-for-service models of patient care! The healthcare world is taking a giant leap towards value-based care, and with it, the way medical practices are paid for their work. The days of quantity over quality are coming to an end. No longer will practices be reimbursed by how many patients they encounter, despite health outcomes or costs associated. Now, providers must shift focus to engaging…
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Embrace the Change! How to Survive the End of ICD-10 Grace Period

October 1 – Normally, people associate the beginning of the month with a change in the seasons, warm drinks, Halloween... you know, the usual fall-related stuff we all look forward to. While this date was likely highlighted among healthcare providers around the country, it wasn’t exactly for apple picking and trick-or-treating. In fact, many medical organizations probably wished they could somehow postpone flipping their calendars over to October, because it…
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MACRA: Ready Or Not, The Final Rule Is Here!

CMS posted the final version (2398 pages) of its physician Quality Payment Program under MACRA on Friday October 14, 2016.  CMS MACRA final rule makes 2017 a “transition” year.The agency stated, “MACRA adds flexibility to the program to overhaul how physicians are paid under Medicare”.The rule garnered more than 4,000 public comments since the proposal in April 2016.    It cements the two payment tracks already proposed. First, physicians can participate…
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Secure Your Aprons: Healthcare Reform Takes The Presidential Election Front Burner

With the presidential election less than a month away, we’re all asking ourselves the big question: How will healthcare be impacted? Regardless of the fact that both candidates’ views on the future of the U.S. health system are basically on opposite ends of the spectrum, one thing they can agree on is that healthcare reform will be at the forefront of 2017. It’s no mystery that Americans are suffering –…
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RBMA-zing!

Last week, the Radiology Billing Management Association (RBMA) hosted the 2016 Fall Educational Conference, attracting over 200 radiology professionals and leaders to the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Attendees were represented from as far away as Alaska, with varying viewpoints on the latest trends in billing management for imaging.   Being the final Fall Conference for the organization before moving to one annual spring conference next year, RBMA worked hard to…
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Why Your Medical Practice Should Be Social - A Patient's Perspective

I need to be completely honest. Before I started working for a healthcare IT company, I didn’t think social media – in regards to the healthcare industry overall – went far past Obamacare memes and horror stories about people misdiagnosing themselves after plunging into the dark depths of WebMD. It turns out that it’s a little more complex than that! Social platforms are the perfect place for patients and healthcare…
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