Public Comment on 7030 EDI Standards Now in Progress

It’s been nearly six years since the mandated adoption of the 5010™ EDI standards, so the industry is evaluating the next proposed version, known as 7030™. Providers, payers and ABILITY Strategic Partners who wish to comment on the new standard as it relates to healthcare eligibility inquiries, benefit inquiries and information response can do so from now until Nov. 30, 2017. Read more

Social Security Numbers to Disappear from Medicare Cards

Mark April 1, 2018, on your calendars – that’s when change will be coming for more than 60 million active Medicare beneficiaries, their healthcare providers and payers who work with Medicare patients. Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) numbers could start arriving in beneficiary mailboxes and be presented beginning on that date. It will take a year for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to mail out all of the cards, but the industry needs to ramp up now. ABILITY is currently reviewing its processes and applications to prepare to support its providers, payers and Strategic Partners during the transition and beyond. Read more

Observations from Two Days of FHIR

By Jimmy Lu, Senior Software Engineer

I’ve always known FHIR was going to be a powerful tool in interoperability in healthcare, but it wasn’t until I arrived at FHIR Connectathon 16 in San Diego a few weeks ago that it really cemented itself in my mind. The FHIR Connectathon is a development program that brings together FHIR spec-creators, implementers, and aficionados to explore interoperability via live-testing scenarios. Read more

Nurse studies data analytics on iPad

Data analytics fluency is a must for today’s nurse leaders

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

4 Barriers to Addressing the Expanding Opioid Crisis

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

ABILITY Partner Community

Introducing the Strategic Partner Community

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

healthcare workforce management

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 workforce management solutions. ShiftHound provides applications that improve scheduling effectiveness and operational efficiency while ensuring compliance. Read more