Trump Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Price Transparency

Two days after Christmas, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended the comment period for the “Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule” published Nov. 27, 2019 by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and…


Dos and Donts of Text Billing

The Do’s and Don’ts of Text Billing Patients

Text messaging or SMS communication is a great way to reach patients if you want your bill to be seen and dealt with quickly. According to a study by Qualtrics and Accel, young millennials check their phones on average 150 times a day. An eMarketer…


Act Now and Boost Collections During This Tax Refund Season

With the start of the new year, many also start to think about the upcoming tax season and when they can get their IRS income tax refund. Tis the season for taxes as people say. During the 2019 filing season, about 72% of consumers who filed a tax…


Strategies on How Providers Can Reduce Bad Debt in 2020

Hospitals today are struggling with increasing bad debt. They are struggling to collect payment from uninsured people, and with the rise of high deductible health plans, they are also being snubbed by insured patients who can't or won't pay…


The State of Reporting

Aside from the Fair Credit Reporting Act—the federal law governing credit reporting practices—state laws can impose additional restrictions on credit reporting. For example, some state laws limit the type of information that may be furnished,…


After 15 Years, New Federal Overtime Rule Advances Salary Thresholds

Accounts receivable management industry companies may want to begin reviewing overtime and scheduling policies as a new overtime rule took effect Jan. 1, 2020. The new rule, which makes 1.3 million workers eligible for overtime pay, raises the…


Strategies for Better Patient Financial Engagement Across Different Generations

As healthcare consumerism continues to rise, ensuring patients have great financial experiences is essential for them to meet their financial obligations. Providers now need to develop better strategies for engaging patients in order to protect…


Keeping Up With Trends and Challenges Facing Nonprofit Hospitals

According to the American Hospital Association or AHA, 79 percent of the 4840 U.S. community hospitals today are nonprofit (59 percent are private nonprofit and 20 percent are operated by state and local governments). This means that these nonprofit…


Court Dismisses TCPA Violation on Text Messages Reportedly Sent Using ATDS

A group of plaintiffs lost their argument in a case based on the ongoing district court debate about the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) and the capacity to randomly or sequentially generate numbers. According to an…


Healthcare M & A Volume Declines in Q3

Health care merger and acquisition activity slowed compared with the second quarter, according to a statement released by HealthCareMandA.com.  The number of deals announced fell 13%, to 408, compared with the previous quarter and was 15% lower than…


Mnet Health on Best Practices to Ensure 501(r) Compliance

There is a slew of regulations that impact hospital revenue cycle and the IRS 501(r) is one of them. For 501(c)(3) nonprofit hospital organizations, they need to comply or possibly lose tax-exempt status. In addition, a hospital could be imposed…


3 Challenges Facing ASC’s and Tips to Overcome Them

With patients having more financial responsibility for their healthcare, outpatient settings like surgery centers are becoming more attractive to patients. In general, surgical procedures at ASC’s are 35% to 50% lower than hospitals. Research from…


How ASC’s Can Use Technology for Better Patient Financial Experience

With an increasing number of patients with high deductible health plans, it is essential that ambulatory surgery centers leverage technology and automation to improve the patient financial experience. According to a ResearchAndMarkets analysis, the…


SBA Encourages CFPB to Mitigate Rule’s Impact on Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy submitted comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rule for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Regulation F) in line with ACA International’s suggestions on…


Three Proactive Approaches for Improved Claims Denials Management

In order to maximize revenue with improved claims denials management, healthcare providers need to follow this advice by Benjamin Franklin: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” For surgery centers and healthcare providers, being…


Trump Executive Order Opens Door for Hospital Price Transparency

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in July proposed a rule that would require hospitals to make pricing information publicly available. It is CMS’s position that the rule would increase competition by enabling patients to shop for…


Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Worry About Hackers

Given the constant news about data breaches that compromise personal information, it is no wonder that Americans are increasingly squeamish about being hacked. A new poll conducted by POLITICO and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found…


Trends Impacting the ASC Landscape: 5 Things To Know

According to McKinsey research, nonhospital-provider segments are primed for growth and could account for almost 55 percent of projected profit pools by 2021. This includes everything from diagnostics, pre-, non-, and post-acute services, surgery…


The State of Medical Collections

Medical debt accounts for one of the largest markets in collections.  While the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act regulates debt collection in general, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the national organization that represents and serves…


Texas Enacts Healthcare Measures Impacting Credit Reporting and Surprise Medical Billing

The state of Texas recently enacted new healthcare measures related to medical billing and credit reporting of out-of-network care. While neither of the bills are specifically targeted at collection agencies, there are some implications regarding…