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Ann Geier Discusses ASC Management, Succession Planning for AORN

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides tips on ASC management and succession planning in two articles recently published by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Addressing ASC Benchmarking and KPI Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Put Your ASC's Data to Work: Leveraging KPIs and Benchmarking," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director...

ASC Successes and Opportunities: Q&A With ASCA Experts

The following article features insight from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) regulatory and government affairs experts.

6 ASC Reimbursement Developments to Know from 2018

2018 was quite a year for the ASC industry. There were so many noteworthy announcements affecting ASC operations that it would be easy to miss some of them. One of the areas that experienced the most significant activity during the year was...

10 Tips for ASCs to Reduce Denials and Improve Appeals

Denied claims are an unfortunate but accepted fact of life for any ASC. If you submit claims to payers, you will receive denials. Some are likely to be justified; others not. But what does not — and should not — be accepted is receiving no...

Struggling with ASC Inventory Management? Follow These 6 Steps

Add specialties. Purchase capital equipment and start performing new procedures. Expand the existing physical space and build additional operating rooms.

These are some of the common recommendations made to ASCs about how they can grow their...

Tackling ASC Denials and Appeals Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Denials and Appeals: Expert Guidance to Improve Your ASC's Collections," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson,...

8 Ways a Patient Tracking System Helps Improve ASC Management

ASC leaders interested in improving facility efficiency by enhancing multiple facets of their ASC's management should consider electronic patient tracking capabilities. Such functionality can help improve communications and the availability of...

10 Steps for Improving ASC Billing Performance

Effective and efficient ASC billing is contingent upon numerous factors. Billing staff must be skilled in their craft and receive ongoing education to keep them current with changing rules. Physicians must understand what information the staff...

Choosing the Right Ambulatory Surgery Center Software

Investing in ambulatory surgery center software can provide numerous benefits to an ASC. It can deliver deep insight into a surgery center's financial, clinical, and/or operational performance. It can automate previously manual processes. It can...

5 Reasons ASC QAPI Projects Fail and Tips to Avoid Them

There are several reasons for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to invest the time and resources in developing a robust quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI) program. The development, implementation and maintenance of an ongoing,...

6 Tips for Improving Managed Care Contracts

With reimbursement on the decline and expenses on the rise, it is imperative for ASCs to do all they can to maximize their deserved reimbursement. Leaving money on the table is no longer an option if an ASC wants to achieve growth, let alone keep...

Virtual and Vital: Why ASCs Should Move to the Cloud

You’ve probably heard a lot about “cloud computing” over the past few years — technology that lets you store and access data and software over the Internet, rather than on a hard drive, a server, or another physical storage device. The healthcare...

The Road to Interoperability: Why is it So Hard to Travel?

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare IT today is a lack of interoperability: the ability for systems to truly communicate, regardless of maker or location. It’s a seamless transfer of data that we take for granted in other industries, like...

Quality v. Quantity: The Hidden Issue That Can Impact Your Revenue Cycle

If you’re an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) trying to navigate changes as healthcare transitions to a value-based system, you know that strong revenue cycle management is more important than ever. But any number of issues can affect a facility’s...

Integration vs Interoperability: What’s the Difference?

Every industry has a unique vocabulary, and healthcare is no exception. The problem: some of those sticky, often-used words take on a life of their own, are easily misunderstood, and can even end up misused to the point of meaninglessness.

These...

How to Avoid 'Swivel Chair Integration' in Health IT

Our knee jerk reaction to fix problems using legacy technologies is slowing down our opportunity to solve the current healthcare interoperability challenges. While most of us read articles and blog posts about the ONC interoperability...

How to Use Analytics to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance

Amit Jiwani is director of analytics for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He presented on "Using Analytics for Insights to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance" at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of...

Modern Healthcare Names SourceMed Among Top Revenue Cycle Companies

Today I'd like to take a moment to share some exciting news and brag a little. As the leader of SourceMed's Revenue Cycle Services business, I see firsthand every day how our expert team of certified coders, billers and collectors work diligently...

Health IT: Improving Outpatient Healthcare in a Patient-Centric World

What comes to mind when you think about how healthcare has advanced in the last decade? Maybe you think about vaccines that have all but eradicated previously fatal ailments? Or new research surrounding preventative healthcare or social media...

Technology, Data and the Revenue Cycle in Outpatient Healthcare

For National Health IT Week, we're sharing content covering the many roles of technology in the outpatient healthcare space. Today's post contains excerpts from Senior Director of Product Management Saundra Monroe's "Data, Technology and the...

Using Technology to Solve the Surgeon Communication Challenge in ASCs

During National Health IT Week, we're kicking off a new blog series on using technology to solve common issues in outpatient facilities. Our first installment focuses on the challenge of communication between surgeons and ASCs.

As I travel each...

The Value of Health IT in Outpatient Healthcare

This week, SourceMed is proud to partner with HIMSS and other forward-thinking companies across the country in celebrating National Health IT Week.

National Health IT Week is an annual event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to...

Data Integrity, Security & Transparency in the Revenue Cycle

Data. It's a small word for something that plays such a big part in monitoring the health of your revenue cycle. Today, we have the ability to capture and analyze an amazing amount of numbers and statistics at every step of the patient...

There's No "I" in Revenue Cycle Management

Ever heard the phrase, "You’re only as strong as your weakest link?" Taken literally, that’s the amount of physical force you need to break a metal chain; and you're not likely doing that at work every day. Metaphorically, it could translate to...

Building Your Revenue Cycle Dream Team: Woof, Chitter, or Roar?

In outpatient healthcare, revenue cycle management is only as good as the people working toward a strong revenue cycle. From the time you enter a claim to the minute it’s paid, a human chain springs into action. Collaboration is vital, and weak...

Sharing is Caring! Data Sharing and Revenue Cycle Management

Healthcare is the business of healing. However, outpatient facilities must still operate as an actual business and remain profitable in order to keep the doors open. But the times are changing, and the way that the clinical, financial, and...

How Cloud-Based Solutions Can Work For Your ASC

When it comes to software affordability, a cloud based solution can be the best way to cut costs and lower total cost of ownership. Acquiring and maintaining a complex IT environment requires valuable time and financial resources. With changing...

How To Manage ASC Billing Processes Like a Pro

Becker's ASC Review's latest article on managing ASC Billing processes is an ode to efficiency and effectiveness. In the busy ambulatory surgery center environment, it's difficult to properly manage billing. Many ASC's are hoping to turn around...

Q&A with Susan Nance of Gateway Surgery Center

Susan Nance, RN, CASC, is administrator of Gateway Surgery Center in Phoenix, Ariz., a member of the AmSurg Corporation.

Ann Geier Discusses ASC Management, Succession Planning for AORN

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides tips on ASC management and succession planning in two articles recently published by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Addressing ASC Benchmarking and KPI Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Put Your ASC's Data to Work: Leveraging KPIs and Benchmarking," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director...

ASC Successes and Opportunities: Q&A With ASCA Experts

The following article features insight from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) regulatory and government affairs experts.

6 ASC Reimbursement Developments to Know from 2018

2018 was quite a year for the ASC industry. There were so many noteworthy announcements affecting ASC operations that it would be easy to miss some of them. One of the areas that experienced the most significant activity during the year was...

10 Tips for ASCs to Reduce Denials and Improve Appeals

Denied claims are an unfortunate but accepted fact of life for any ASC. If you submit claims to payers, you will receive denials. Some are likely to be justified; others not. But what does not — and should not — be accepted is receiving no...

Struggling with ASC Inventory Management? Follow These 6 Steps

Add specialties. Purchase capital equipment and start performing new procedures. Expand the existing physical space and build additional operating rooms.

These are some of the common recommendations made to ASCs about how they can grow their...

Tackling ASC Denials and Appeals Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Denials and Appeals: Expert Guidance to Improve Your ASC's Collections," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson,...

8 Ways a Patient Tracking System Helps Improve ASC Management

ASC leaders interested in improving facility efficiency by enhancing multiple facets of their ASC's management should consider electronic patient tracking capabilities. Such functionality can help improve communications and the availability of...

10 Steps for Improving ASC Billing Performance

Effective and efficient ASC billing is contingent upon numerous factors. Billing staff must be skilled in their craft and receive ongoing education to keep them current with changing rules. Physicians must understand what information the staff...

Choosing the Right Ambulatory Surgery Center Software

Investing in ambulatory surgery center software can provide numerous benefits to an ASC. It can deliver deep insight into a surgery center's financial, clinical, and/or operational performance. It can automate previously manual processes. It can...

5 Reasons ASC QAPI Projects Fail and Tips to Avoid Them

There are several reasons for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to invest the time and resources in developing a robust quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI) program. The development, implementation and maintenance of an ongoing,...

6 Tips for Improving Managed Care Contracts

With reimbursement on the decline and expenses on the rise, it is imperative for ASCs to do all they can to maximize their deserved reimbursement. Leaving money on the table is no longer an option if an ASC wants to achieve growth, let alone keep...

Virtual and Vital: Why ASCs Should Move to the Cloud

You’ve probably heard a lot about “cloud computing” over the past few years — technology that lets you store and access data and software over the Internet, rather than on a hard drive, a server, or another physical storage device. The healthcare...

The Road to Interoperability: Why is it So Hard to Travel?

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare IT today is a lack of interoperability: the ability for systems to truly communicate, regardless of maker or location. It’s a seamless transfer of data that we take for granted in other industries, like...

Quality v. Quantity: The Hidden Issue That Can Impact Your Revenue Cycle

If you’re an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) trying to navigate changes as healthcare transitions to a value-based system, you know that strong revenue cycle management is more important than ever. But any number of issues can affect a facility’s...

Integration vs Interoperability: What’s the Difference?

Every industry has a unique vocabulary, and healthcare is no exception. The problem: some of those sticky, often-used words take on a life of their own, are easily misunderstood, and can even end up misused to the point of meaninglessness.

These...

How to Avoid 'Swivel Chair Integration' in Health IT

Our knee jerk reaction to fix problems using legacy technologies is slowing down our opportunity to solve the current healthcare interoperability challenges. While most of us read articles and blog posts about the ONC interoperability...

How to Use Analytics to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance

Amit Jiwani is director of analytics for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He presented on "Using Analytics for Insights to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance" at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of...

Modern Healthcare Names SourceMed Among Top Revenue Cycle Companies

Today I'd like to take a moment to share some exciting news and brag a little. As the leader of SourceMed's Revenue Cycle Services business, I see firsthand every day how our expert team of certified coders, billers and collectors work diligently...

Health IT: Improving Outpatient Healthcare in a Patient-Centric World

What comes to mind when you think about how healthcare has advanced in the last decade? Maybe you think about vaccines that have all but eradicated previously fatal ailments? Or new research surrounding preventative healthcare or social media...

Technology, Data and the Revenue Cycle in Outpatient Healthcare

For National Health IT Week, we're sharing content covering the many roles of technology in the outpatient healthcare space. Today's post contains excerpts from Senior Director of Product Management Saundra Monroe's "Data, Technology and the...

Using Technology to Solve the Surgeon Communication Challenge in ASCs

During National Health IT Week, we're kicking off a new blog series on using technology to solve common issues in outpatient facilities. Our first installment focuses on the challenge of communication between surgeons and ASCs.

As I travel each...

The Value of Health IT in Outpatient Healthcare

This week, SourceMed is proud to partner with HIMSS and other forward-thinking companies across the country in celebrating National Health IT Week.

National Health IT Week is an annual event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to...

Data Integrity, Security & Transparency in the Revenue Cycle

Data. It's a small word for something that plays such a big part in monitoring the health of your revenue cycle. Today, we have the ability to capture and analyze an amazing amount of numbers and statistics at every step of the patient...

There's No "I" in Revenue Cycle Management

Ever heard the phrase, "You’re only as strong as your weakest link?" Taken literally, that’s the amount of physical force you need to break a metal chain; and you're not likely doing that at work every day. Metaphorically, it could translate to...

Building Your Revenue Cycle Dream Team: Woof, Chitter, or Roar?

In outpatient healthcare, revenue cycle management is only as good as the people working toward a strong revenue cycle. From the time you enter a claim to the minute it’s paid, a human chain springs into action. Collaboration is vital, and weak...

Sharing is Caring! Data Sharing and Revenue Cycle Management

Healthcare is the business of healing. However, outpatient facilities must still operate as an actual business and remain profitable in order to keep the doors open. But the times are changing, and the way that the clinical, financial, and...

How Cloud-Based Solutions Can Work For Your ASC

When it comes to software affordability, a cloud based solution can be the best way to cut costs and lower total cost of ownership. Acquiring and maintaining a complex IT environment requires valuable time and financial resources. With changing...

How To Manage ASC Billing Processes Like a Pro

Becker's ASC Review's latest article on managing ASC Billing processes is an ode to efficiency and effectiveness. In the busy ambulatory surgery center environment, it's difficult to properly manage billing. Many ASC's are hoping to turn around...

Q&A with Susan Nance of Gateway Surgery Center

Susan Nance, RN, CASC, is administrator of Gateway Surgery Center in Phoenix, Ariz., a member of the AmSurg Corporation.

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