Tag: Healthcare Costs

AI Reduces Surprise Bills

Enhancing Payment Integrity With AI To Eliminate Surprise Bills

It’s common for people to feel surprised by the cost of hospital, medical imaging, or outpatient surgery bills. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for them to verify whether the bill is accurate or not. This is because incorrect medical bills have become increasingly common. To address this issue, organizations are turning to technologies such as artificial intelligence […]
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Expanded Telehealth Services Won’t Lower Healthcare Costs

  Contrary to widespread hopes, the growth in telehealth brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic probably won’t lower health care costs. But it may make some services more widely accessible. A new Kaiser Family Foundation study compares average 2020 commercial insurance payments for evaluation and management and mental health therapy claims for services provided via […]
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Inflation Driving Financial Challenges for Consumers

Almost a third of consumers cited inflation as their top reason for being concerned about covering unexpected healthcare costs. More than 70 million adults feel unprepared to pay for healthcare costs, while health systems are facing a tight labor market and ongoing supply chain issues, highlighting the financial repercussions of inflation in the healthcare industry. […]
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Biden Administration Shares Latest Round of HHS Staff Appointments

Today the Biden Administration announced its latest group of appointments to the Department of Health and Human Services. The new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency at a time when expertise is critical to tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. WHAT’S THE IMPACT? Kristina Schake will serve as HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s […]
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New Healthcare Price Transparency Rule – The Best, Worst, and Most Realistic Case Scenarios

The American Hospital Association has filed a lawsuit to block the rule. On Nov. 15, 2019, the Trump Administration proposed a new healthcare price transparency rule that would basically require hospitals to explain how much a medical service would cost before a patient receives treatment. This rule is due to become effective in January 2021. The […]
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Exploring MIPS 2020: Keys for Physicians To Know

In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed modifications to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). As physician practices work to understand what’s changed, there are certain aspects of which they need to be aware. The following sections provide key takeaways and offer strategies for meeting the coming year’s requirements. Threshold […]
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