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Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment. If a telehealth service exists that can match an in-person service – say, primary care, specialty care or emergency care – it should be made...


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Considerations for Deploying Healthcare Wireless Networks

HITInfrastructure Wireless networks are the lifeblood health IT infrastructure, but developing and deploying reliable WiFi to support present and future IT initiatives can be a challenge.   Clinicians and staff are becoming dependent on mobile and connected...

Health Information Governance Strategies for Unstructured Data

HealthITAnalytics While electronic health records still have the potential to standardize care by enabling advanced analytics and informing clinical decision-making, much of the data held within these systems – and a large proportion of the data used in...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

How Payers Can Improve HEDIS Quality Measure Performance

HealthPayerIntelligence HEDIS quality measures have a significant role in the healthcare industry regarding closing gaps in care and decreasing the use of costly acute care through preventive services. By placing a greater focus on value-based care and quality improvement...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated...

Using Risk Scores, Stratification for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Population health management requires providers to maintain a delicate balance between taking a long view of generalized patient trends and focusing personal attention on the individual and the distinctive circumstances that will influence her...

Why Application Programming Interfaces Are Key for Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations seeking to create interoperability between internal apps, EHRs, and other data exchange tools, are increasingly turning to application programming interfaces (APIs) to manage the flow of information between disparate...

Key Steps for Payer Success in Accountable Care Organizations

HealthPayerIntelligence In recent years, healthcare reforms have set out to reduce constantly rising medical costs, improve coverage for the many Americans who lacked primary care access, and advance population health outcomes. Over the past few years, the accountable...

Top Revenue Cycle Management Vendors and How to Select One

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based reimbursement models, such as the upcoming Quality Payment Program, break down the walls between care quality and healthcare payments, more providers have set their sights on implementing vendor-sponsored revenue cycle management...

What Providers Should Know to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

PatientEngagementHIT Patient engagement, consumer satisfaction, and patient access to healthcare are three of the most critical pieces of the value-based care puzzle. As outcomes, satisfaction, and patient loyalty become more important to financial security for healthcare...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

HealthITInteroperability “Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

Understanding HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Options for Health IT

HITInfrastructure Healthcare providers looking for HIPAA-compliant applications, storage, and networking options are increasingly turning to the cloud, which has quickly become a low-cost way to develop the complex infrastructure required to support a variety...

Factors Behind the Adoption of School-based Telehealth

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff. Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting...

What a Trump Presidency Means for Value-Based Care and the ACA

RevCycleIntelligence Love it or loathe it, the United States is headed for four years of drastic policy changes under a Donald Trump administration, giving lawmakers another good chance to repeal, replace, or revise the Affordable Care Act. The landmark healthcare...

Breakdown of Health IT Interoperability Standards, Organizations

HealthITInteroperability The federal government has put in motion a ten-year plan for establishing a nationwide learning health system made possible through incremental improvements to healthcare interoperability. Who could stand opposed to a healthcare system that ensures...

The Progress and Challenges of the Affordable Care Act

HealthPayerIntelligence Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law on March 23, 2010, the healthcare industry faced a number of obstacles particularly in terms of providing medical care and health insurance to many low-income families and...

How to Maximize Revenue with Improved Claims Denials Management

RevCycleIntelligence Claims denials may be a part of life for healthcare revenue cycle managers, but a prevention-focused denials management strategy may be able to significantly reduce the number of times billing staff are faced with unpaid claims. Recent healthcare...

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