Telehealth Has Become the 21st Century Gold Rush

by Phil C. Solomon October 7, 2016

The Distinction Between Telemedicine and Telehealth The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) defines telemedicine as the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. Today, as telemedicine crosses the chasm of innovation, it leverages a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless, satellite and telephone media to deliver clinical care. What is […]

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Compare 7 Key Healthcare Positions – Trump vs. Clinton

by Phil C. Solomon October 3, 2016

KEEP IT OR DITCH IT – That is the question – You be the judge Side-by-Side Comparison of the Candidates’ Health Care Positions provided by Kaiser Family Foundation – Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Position on the ACA Maintain and build upon the ACA. Repeal the ACA in its entirety. Repealing the law would rollback many […]

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Don’t Text PHI While Driving

by Phil C. Solomon September 13, 2016

Article is a 4-minute read We all know we shouldn’t text and drive, don’t we? That said, now let’s explore how texting has evolved in healthcare. The Rise of Text Messaging in America On June 19, 1934, United States (U.S.) President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed the Communications Act of 1934 into law.1  This act established […]

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Slowing Down the Hospital Readmission Turnstile

by Phil C. Solomon August 21, 2016

Reducing Hospital Readmissions in 2016 Once patients are discharged from the hospital, they have no desire to return. Hospitals also would prefer patients not be readmitted due to medical issues associated with their hospital stay. Patient readmissions are a major problem plaguing the U.S. healthcare system, and policymakers are taking steps to reduce them.  The […]

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The Patient Experience – an Epic Shift of Thinking

by Phil C. Solomon August 10, 2016

IMPROVING THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE WILL DRIVE SUPERIOR PATIENT SATISFACTION           __________________________________________ The Colossal Shift from Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Reimbursement  Anyone who has followed the healthcare industry over the past few years understands the transition that is underway moving from the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) model of reimbursing providers for delivering care where physicians and […]

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Look Back on OCRs Guidance Regarding Patients’ Access to PHI

by Phil C. Solomon August 3, 2016

A clear signal to increased enforcement where covered entities do not honor PHI requests for access as required by HIPAA The U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been actively releasing new information regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliance, including releasing a frequently asked question (FAQ) aimed at clarifying […]

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Brief Primer for Medicare Appeals Process

by Phil C. Solomon July 19, 2016

Changes Proposed to Medicare Appeals Process July 13, 2016 Current Process Description – Every year, Medicare Administrative Contractors process an estimated 1.2 billion fee-for-service claims on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for more than 33.9 million Medicare beneficiaries.  When beneficiaries or providers disagree with a coverage or payment decision made by […]

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CMS Plays The Wicked Witch of the West Due To Their Site-neutral Outpatient Payment Rule

by Phil C. Solomon July 18, 2016

Article is a 4-minute read CMS Becomes Arch Nemesis of Hospitals with Plans for Site-neutral Rates in Outpatient Payment Rule To hospitals, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) is acting like the terrible Wicked Witch of the West from the movie the Wizard of Oz because of their proposed plans for site-neutral rate […]

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Free Webinar: Uber-Up Your Patient Payment Liability Strategies

by Phil C. Solomon July 6, 2016

Free Webinar: Uber-Up Your Patient Payment Liability Strategies When: July 14, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3 PM EDT Register: Sponsored by: The Georgia Chapter of HFMA __________________ Why Use The Uber Analogy to Reference Patient Payment Liability Strategies? Uber is an on-demand transportation service which has revolutionized the transportation industry. Uber’s new strategy reimagined the old […]

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Risk Adjustment and HCC Requirements – Another Pandora’s Box?

by Phil C. Solomon July 5, 2016

Risk Adjustment and the Hierarchical Condition Categories Methodology Risk Adjustment (RA) and Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding is a payment model mandated by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) and implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The RA program allows CMS to pay plans for the risk of the beneficiaries […]

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Department of Health and Human Services OCR Scrutinizing BAAs

by Phil C. Solomon June 6, 2016

OCR Signals its Concern with Business Associates – BAAs The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has lately been broadcasting its increased attention to, and concern about, HIPAA business associates on a monthly basis. In March, the OCR announced a $1.55 million settlement with North Memorial Health Care of […]

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LAST CHANCE to REGISTER for TOMORROW’S WEBINAR: Demystifying Revenue Cycle Best Practices

by Phil C. Solomon May 9, 2016

Free Webinar: Demystifying Revenue Cycle Best Practices To register: Demystifying Revenue Cycle Best Practices – May 12, 2016 11:00am to 12pm EDT Presenters: Lyman G. Sornberger – Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer Capio Partners Presenters: Lyman Sornberger joined Capio Partners in 2008 as their Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Capio and forming LGS Health […]

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