A fact posted by HealthLeaders states that in the past two years, 81% of health executives claim their organizations were attacked and compromised by some kind of data mining attempt. As the Affordable Care Act pushes for electronic health records, more hospitals are going to have to invest in tech and online security services.
It’s been about five months since ICD-10, the first update to medical billing codes in nearly 30 years, took effect. After all of the concern and intense preparation both hospitals and insurance providers put into the launch, it’s a great time to wonder how things rolled out, and how have they affected medical payment?
The cultural shift in healthcare is leading one way: more patients paying for more of their own healthcare bills. More and more hospitals are making the change, and in order to do so while keeping their patients happy, are using different measures to engage their patients financially from the moment they walk in the door.
Healthcare is tumultuous. There’s talk among every politician currently campaigning about the Affordable Care Act, what they think of it, and how they would change it. But one thing is certain: many Americans are increasingly looking at other countries’ models of healthcare to determine how they would like to see the American healthcare system evolve.
Since the ACA mandated electronic health records (EHRs), there’s been much controversy about the way they are being implemented. Specifically, very few tech vendors who are providing EHR solutions to healthcare providers are offering products that work well.
If your patient has a bad experience, who do they tell? It used to be that they would simply tell their friends or loved ones. Now, though, the whole internet gets to hear the story. Doctor rating is becoming a hot new trend online at sites like Yelp, the infamous ratings site where users leave sometimes scathing reviews of restaurants, Vitals, and HealthGrades.
For better or worse, the Affordable Care Act has impacted the medical hemisphere in a lot of ways. At six years, we’re finally starting to see the way it’s changing how we interact with patients. Of course, the major way we interact with patients is through care, and we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the quality of care they are receiving. Let’s look at a few ways quality of care has improved.
One of the sad realities of working in a hospital is that death happens there nearly every day. It’s unfortunate, but it’s also a reality of the industry. And unfortunately, hospitals sometimes have to collect on accounts for deceased patients. Collecting an account after a death requires tact and care, and a strong understanding of the situation at hand.
With Insured Numbers Up, Debt Still Plagues Hospitals
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a big impact on lowering the number of uninsured patients entering hospitals. Unfortunately, a lot of those patients are on plans that have very high deductibles.
While the debate goes on over the Affordable Care Act, one thing has been proven: the recent expansion of Medicaid in many states has lead to a sharp drop in uninsured hospital stays, and a rise in stays covered by Medicaid. States that opted not to expand Medicaid have seen no significant change in inpatient payers.