ABILITY Blog

Read the latest on healthcare billing, admissions, revenue cycle management, and other industry trends.

  • Helping Hospitals Capture Payments with SECUREPAY

    Helping Hospitals Capture Payments with SECUREPAY

    Patients are now the third-largest healthcare payer in the country, following only Medicare and Medicaid. The implications for hospitals are significant.

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  • Consumerism: The New Patient Mindset

    Consumerism: The New Patient Mindset

    Patient attitudes have shifted as they accept a greater share of the cost for their healthcare. As they pay more, they expect to be treated like customers.

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  • Growth in Medicare Advantage Surprises Even Experts

    Growth in Medicare Advantage Surprises Even Experts

    With so much turmoil in healthcare these days, Medicare Advantage (MA) is proving a bright spot for payers and patients, although many healthcare organizations have administrative headaches in...

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  • Income Tax Returns Spike Patient Healthcare Spending

    Income Tax Returns Spike Patient Healthcare Spending

    Patients appear to plan some of their medical care around the cash influx associated with income tax refunds. Many defer care until they have the cash in hand. Smart providers can plan for this.

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  • Rising Deductibles Drive More Patients to HSAs

    Rising Deductibles Drive More Patients to HSAs

    If patients get sticker shock on their health plan deductibles in January, it’s bound to be contagious. Providers trying to get paid will catch it too.

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  • New A/B MAC Selected for Jurisdiction J – Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee

    New A/B MAC Selected for Jurisdiction J – Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will transition the A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for three states (Jurisdiction J) in early 2018. Palmetto GBA...

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  • Public Comment on 7030 EDI Standards Now in Progress

    Public Comment on 7030 EDI Standards Now in Progress

    The industry is evaluating the proposed 7030™ standard. The comment period is open to providers, payers and ABILITY Strategic Partners until Nov. 30, 2017.

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  • Social Security Numbers to Disappear from Medicare Cards

    Social Security Numbers to Disappear from Medicare Cards

    Medicare beneficiaries start receiving cards in 2018 with new patient identifiers. Social Security numbers will no longer be used. ABILITY will be ready.

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  • Data analytics fluency is a must for today’s nurse leaders

    Data analytics fluency is a must for today’s nurse leaders

    As we celebrate Nursing Home Week, it’s appropriate to mark trends in nursing practice. Data analytics is the next technology frontier for nursing.

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  • 4 Barriers to Addressing the Expanding Opioid Crisis

    4 Barriers to Addressing the Expanding Opioid Crisis

    Opioids have been in the news as funds are pledged to address the crisis and revelations about the death of Prince unfold. Progress is underway, but slowly.

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  • Occupational therapists deliver patient independence and cost savings

    Occupational therapists deliver patient independence and cost savings

    April is Occupational Therapy month and a chance to celebrate the cost-savings and quality of care OTs bring to the healthcare system.

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  • Diving into the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) ‘Final Rule’ on arbitration agreements

    Diving into the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) ‘Final Rule’ on arbitration agreements

    CMS issued its Final Rule for skilled nursing facilities in fall 2016. What you need to know about how to implement new rules on binding arbitration.

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  • Are eligibility changes putting you at risk?

    Are eligibility changes putting you at risk?

    In the midst of potential changes to the ACA it can be easy to forget the importance of the basics like patient eligibility. Checking for changes in patient insurance coverage will always be a top...

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  • Introducing the Strategic Partner Community

    Introducing the Strategic Partner Community

    At ABILITY, we’re always looking to make it as simple as possible for Strategic Partners to collaborate, give input and gain insight into their customers’ needs. That’s why we’re excited to...

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  • ABILITY adds workforce management solutions

    ABILITY adds workforce management solutions

    As the needs of the healthcare industry continue to change, ABILITY continues to diversify. We recently announced our latest acquisition: ShiftHound, a leader in cloud-based SaaS healthcare...

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  • RCM companies and software vendors tell us their top challenges for 2017

    RCM companies and software vendors tell us their top challenges for 2017

    ABILITY recently conducted a survey of RCM companies, software vendors and industry consultants to learn their top concerns in the current healthcare climate. The results, summarized in our...

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  • [Infographic] Top challenges for software vendors and RCM companies

    [Infographic] Top challenges for software vendors and RCM companies

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  • Value-based care: burden or benefit?

    Value-based care: burden or benefit?

    With the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s hard to know which features of the program, if any, will be preserved.

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  • What growth really means

    What growth really means

    ABILITY and our Strategic Partners are looking for continued growth, bolstered by ABILITY | ACCESS® RCM, our all-payer revenue cycle management application.

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  • Is patient bad debt hurting your bottom line?

    Is patient bad debt hurting your bottom line?

    Healthcare providers are increasingly finding themselves acting as banks and bill collectors when it comes to getting paid for care. With the rise of high-deductible health plans and other...

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