ABILITY Blog

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

  • Avoid postal delays with paperless claims and statements

    Avoid postal delays with paperless claims and statements

    The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing delays in mail delivery across the country. At the same time, Americans everywhere – especially vulnerable populations, such as elderly people and those...

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  • Insurance discovery: The revenue recovery tool your organization needs

    Insurance discovery: The revenue recovery tool your organization needs

    For many healthcare organizations, strong financial performance requires more than clean claims and efficient patient payment processes. A commitment to efficiency, accuracy and ongoing innovation...

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  • Desperate to trim your labor budget? Start with overtime.

    Desperate to trim your labor budget? Start with overtime.

    Labor costs consume most of a healthcare organization’s operating budget, so when it’s time to reduce costs, that’s usually the first place to look for savings. In fact, nearly half (44%) of CFOs...

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  • Is telehealth right for your practice? Key considerations for physicians interested in virtual care

    Is telehealth right for your practice? Key considerations for physicians interested in virtual care

    The rising use of telehealth over the course of this year has signaled a loud and clear message across the healthcare landscape: telehealth is the future of patient/provider interactions. However,...

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  • Looking beyond COVID-19: the top 3 telehealth challenges to start combatting now

    Looking beyond COVID-19: the top 3 telehealth challenges to start combatting now

    Telehealth services are becoming a desirable way to deliver and receive care - but challenges exist. Learn more about long-term telehealth success!

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  • Study shows disconnect between CMS infection control surveys and COVID outbreaks

    Study shows disconnect between CMS infection control surveys and COVID outbreaks

    A recent study of data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) has shown a disconnect between the results of CMS infection control surveys...

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  • CMS issues millions in infection control penalties to SNFs

    CMS issues millions in infection control penalties to SNFs

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed more than $15 million in penalties on 3,400 skilled nursing facilities for failure to comply with infection control regulations in...

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  • CDC advice for managing a staffing shortage – and how ABILITY can help

    CDC advice for managing a staffing shortage – and how ABILITY can help

    Healthcare workers across the U.S. – many who thought the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic was behind them – have been hit with a blast of harsh reality. Hospitals in California, Texas, Florida and...

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  • How COVID complicates credential tracking – and what you can do to remain compliant

    How COVID complicates credential tracking – and what you can do to remain compliant

    It seems like eons since the first case of COVID appeared in the U.S. – even though it was only January. Since, we’ve been on a bit of roller coaster ride, as states have experienced peaks in...

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  • The PBJ reporting waiver has ended: what you need to know

    The PBJ reporting waiver has ended: what you need to know

    In a memorandum released on June 25, CMS announced the end of the COVID-19 emergency waiver for staffing data submissions. Back in March, CMS had granted a series of blanket waivers to lessen...

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  • What is patient financial clearance?

    What is patient financial clearance?

    Uncompensated care is a growing concern for hospitals, health clinics and skilled nursing facilities. In 2016 and 2017, community hospitals provided $38.4 billion in uncompensated care—a $2.3...

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  • How does home health billing work?

    How does home health billing work?

    While healthcare profit margins continue to dwindle, the aging population increases. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, adults aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of...

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  • What to look for in a revenue cycle management provider

    What to look for in a revenue cycle management provider

    Regardless of the business you’re in, the capability to efficiently capture, manage and collect revenue is critical to success. Many healthcare organizations are turning to revenue cycle...

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  • What is revenue cycle management in healthcare?

    What is revenue cycle management in healthcare?

    Revenue cycle management (RCM) in healthcare is the fiscal process that guides the identification, management and collection of payments for patient services. The process begins with patient...

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  • Reducing the high cost of overtime

    With so much attention on data – from strategies and ownership to data centralization, integration, mining and ethics  – it can be easy to overlook the power of simple data sets. Staffing...

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  • Improve staff-manager relationships with collaborative scheduling

    A healthy relationship between staff members and their manager can positively impact turnover rates, vacancy rates, percentage of sick calls, quality of work and staff satisfaction scores. With so...

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  • Visibility and access are key to making strong, data-driven decisions

    Data-driven or evidence-based decision-making is a must in today’s world of staffing and scheduling. We use data to inform decisions, track the impact of decisions, defend decisions, and identify...

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  • 7 revenue cycle management best practices

    7 revenue cycle management best practices

    We understand that your focus is (and should be) caring for your patients. But we also understand that patient care cannot happen without processes in place to ensure proper payment of expenses....

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  • How to check Medicare status quickly and easily

    How to check Medicare status quickly and easily

    For physician practices, hospitals and all healthcare organizations, streamlining your revenue cycle management is critical. One of the best ways to recoup payments faster is with up-front...

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  • Skipping meals and bathroom breaks: Are your nurses putting their health at stake?

    Skipping meals and bathroom breaks: Are your nurses putting their health at stake?

    If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that nurses rise to the challenge during times of crisis. For months, we’ve heard heroic stories of nurses playing pivotal roles in the pandemic response and...

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