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  • 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 collect payments in the new year are likely to catch it, too. The...

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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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  • The High (and Hidden) Costs of Staff Turnover in Healthcare

    The High (and Hidden) Costs of Staff Turnover in Healthcare

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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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  • Open Enrollment Sets Up a Challenging January 2018

    Open Enrollment Sets Up a Challenging January 2018

    Providers will be on the front lines come January, as the wheels are in motion for confusion and sticker shock during open enrollment this year. Most Americans will face at least a ripple of...

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  • Open Enrollment Sets Up a Challenging January 2018

    Open Enrollment Sets Up a Challenging January 2018

    2018 could be confusing and create anxiety for patients and providers will be on the front lines. Shorter open enrollment for some could lead to missed deadlines.

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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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  • MACRA Reprieve for More Than 800,000 Physicians

    MACRA Reprieve for More Than 800,000 Physicians

    More than 800,000 physicians are being relieved of MACRA reporting responsibilities for 2017. They are now receiving letters notifying them of their status.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Two groups could give telehealth the traction it needs

    Two groups could give telehealth the traction it needs

    Telehealth is making inroads but its larger promise still seems far off. Veterans and Baby Boomers could change all of that.

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  • Will physicians be burned by MACRA surprises?

    Will physicians be burned by MACRA surprises?

    MACRA is here and physicians and other providers eligible to bill Medicare should be collecting their data now, as it will impact their payments in 2019.

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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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  • 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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  • Major skilled nursing facilities regulatory overhaul to be phased in over three years

    Major skilled nursing facilities regulatory overhaul to be phased in over three years

    Get the overview and highlights of the new CMS Final Rule for SNFs. Has your organization fully evaluated the Final Rule?

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