Oh Medicare, you sure don’t like to make things easy for do you? Thanks to everything from payment cuts to slow-moving legislation, PTs have started venturing beyond the traditional reimbursement models and adding cash-based services to their repertoire.
The use of telemedicine has improved access to care for patients in rural areas while saving millions of dollars in travel expenses. However, insurance coverage of telemedicine services remains an issue, and some physicians have concerns about treating patients during virtual care visits rather than in the clinic, according to several panelists at a recent conference about the future of health care.
No analogy is perfect, but similarities certainly exist between sturdy referrer/radiologist relationships and till-death-do-us-part marriages.
Offering imaging services on site is no longer a distinguishing competitive advantage for your urgent care center. The industry, as a whole, has progressed to the point that it’s considered a standard attribute. So, in order to differentiate yourself from your competitors, you need to do it better—more efficiently, with utmost accuracy, and following industry best practices. JUCM is hosting a live webinar series to help you do just that.
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Healthcare providers are focused on the care of their patients, as they should be, but oftentimes this means that various other priorities, including the business side of healthcare, get put on autopilot. While this approach is certainly understandable, given the rising pressures and limited resources providers face, it’s not beneficial to the hospitals themselves or the larger global healthcare economy long-term. Ironically, it seems that as healthcare providers advise their patients to take a proactive approach to overall personal health and well-being, they themselves sometimes struggle to keep their own organization “healthy”.
Self-care and stress relief. These issues are becoming much more common conversation topics in radiology circles because they accompany another hot button issue—burnout. In today’s medical environment, it’s become increasingly critical for radiologists to find ways to mitigate the pressures they feel daily in the workplace. Fortunately, according to industry experts, there are strategies providers can implement to reduce the myriad stresses they consistently encounter.
Strategies for acclimating to a consumer-centric system were discussed in depth during a cohort of three sessions at HFMA’s 2019 Annual Conference. Here are 10 key takeaways from the cohort, which was sponsored by Cedar.
CMS recently proposed a rule requiring hospitals to disclose the amount that patients would pay for services before they receive care. The rule is part of the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to lower health care costs and increase transparency.
Patient portals can be a one-stop shop for patient access to health records and physicians. They can directly engage patients; provide access to their images; even help providers meet meaningful use requirements.
David-Paul Cavazos said the patient portal at Republic County Hospital in Iola, Kan., makes it easy for patients to access their medical images, engaging patients in their care while images are transferred to other facilities — a process completed using the Ambra Health platform.
The need to prioritize value over volume has become such a given across U.S. healthcare that it’s already entered the “goes without saying” realm. But that doesn’t mean the shift is making itself.
In radiology, practices are increasingly pressured to showcase the details of their contribution to medicine. To come up short on this exercise is to fall flat on pay-for-performance models, beginning with those run through CMS’s Quality Payment Program.