A broad category of physicians who see Medicare patients – 806,879 doctors – has been relieved of reporting responsibilities for this year under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Physicians should be receiving letters outlining their status relative to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this month. Read more
May brings two celebrations of the valuable work of nurses at skilled nursing facilities – National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12) and National Nursing Home Week (May 14 – 20). It’s a great opportunity to recognize the tremendous leadership, skills and caring that nurses bring to all our lives.
As we mark these annual milestones, it’s appropriate to think about milestones in nursing practice, too. One trend that never seems to slow down is the use of technology. Read more
News came out in mid-April that rock mega-star Prince had many prescriptions for opioid drugs in his home at the time of his death April 21 last year. But the prescriptions were in the name of his bodyguard, bringing to light a common occurrence in the world of opioid misuse: Many people get started down the path to dependence and addiction by tapping into other people’s prescription painkillers. Or they may use multiple identities to get more drugs than are safe to use. Read more
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 announce a new benefit for our Strategic Partners – our online Partner Community. Read more
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 infographic, highlight the many interwoven challenges facing healthcare vendors as they work toward delivering innovation and value for their customers. Read more
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 workforce management solutions. ShiftHound provides applications that improve scheduling effectiveness and operational efficiency while ensuring compliance. Read more
April is Occupational Therapy month and this is an opportune time to celebrate the work of occupational therapists and understand how they function in home health teams to help patients lead more fulfilling lives. OTs often play an essential role in ensuring that patients of all ages can live independently at home. Read more
After the dramatic rise and fall of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), many in the healthcare industry are wondering what to expect next. After months of uncertainty, it seems relatively clear that the type of large-scale reform isn’t going to happen any time soon. President Trump and other Republicans have signaled that they are ready to move on to tax reform and other legislative priorities. Although Paul Ryan and other Republicans are trying to revive healthcare reform, it doesn’t seem likely that the fissure in the House of Representatives that doomed the AHCA is any closer to healing. And a great deal of momentum has been lost. With April recess looming, the process is slowed even further. Read more
It all comes down to math.
Strong opinions have already formed about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan that was announced by President Trump during the first week of March. Several factors are in play that will determine the outcome of the new American Health Care Plan (AHCA) currently wending its way through a process maze. Read more
No discussion about improving the healthcare system in the United States is complete without a mention of the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead in telehealth.* After all, providers and patients using technology that doesn’t depend on face-to-face communication for care delivery, monitoring or education makes so much sense.
And yet …