Key Benefits of Incorporating “Shout Outs” Into Your Workforce Management Strategy

Have you patted someone on the back today? Is that a regular occurrence at your organization? Employee recognition or “shout outs” can go a long way to improve staff satisfaction and retention – two key concerns in healthcare.

There are few things that generate a larger (or easier) ROI than staff recognition. It takes very little time, but can shift the direction of an individual’s day, or on a larger scale, staff morale as a whole.

See why it’s worth your time and consideration to add shout outs to your workforce management strategy.

It couldn’t be easier

Let’s be honest, we’re all busy. But how long does it take to thank someone for picking up an extra shift at the last minute, or acknowledge a team member who went the extra mile to finish a task?

There are many ways to incorporate shout outs into your management strategy. It doesn’t cost a thing but generates significant goodwill. Workforce management is about more than just hiring and managing staff. A healthy workforce is a happy one.

People work harder when they’re appreciated

No one likes to feel taken for granted. We want to know our contributions are valued. Validation feels good, and studies have consistently shown that staff will work harder for recognition than for money. Healthcare is a difficult, and often thankless, industry. But by taking deliberate steps, you can change that within your organization.

Staff will stay put

Employee retention is top of mind in the healthcare industry. Long hours, complex working conditions and burnout can all contribute to high turnover. Replacing staff is expensive and time-consuming, and if they stay despite being unhappy, you may have an even bigger problem. Their pessimism can be a drain on morale.

While it’s not possible to please every staff member all the time, a genuine show of appreciation goes a long way to promote a positive attitude. Staff satisfaction and engagement can permeate a workforce as easily as apathy.

Your workforce management strategy determines the course. It’s easier to promote a positive atmosphere from the beginning than to claw your way out of a quagmire of discontent. Fortunately, technology can help you show gratitude and publicly recognize the accomplishments of staff. ABILITY SMARTFORCE®  Scheduler, for example, is an easy-to-use software tool that features shout outs on its mobile application.

Say thank you early and often. Recognize staff accomplishments in groups and one-on-one. Employees are less likely to leave if they think they’ll be missed.

How to Track and Improve Billing Patterns with Predictive Analytics and Insights

Predictive analytics can do a lot for your facility. With a deeper, more accurate view into your billing patterns, you can see trends in billing mistakes, claims denials and other patterns that may cause delays and other problems in your revenue cycle.

Traditional analytics applications give you a look back at things like your billing, care required, care provided and reimbursements. While these insights are no doubt useful, they inevitably come with a delay. With analytics, you can leverage the power of machine learning and big data to identify trends and unintended billing patterns before claims are even submitted.

So, how can you implement analytics to track and improve your billing cycle?

Predictive analytics and insights in the shift to value-based care

In the transition to alternative payment models (APMs) and other value-based care reimbursement models, you will no longer simply bill patients and residents based on the services you provide. Rather, your reimbursements will depend on several factors, including the quality of care you provide, patient experience and patient outcomes.

This shift in billing and reimbursement models comes with new billing patterns and the opportunity for more mistakes. However, by recognizing and analyzing past billing mistakes, you can adjust accordingly to submit more clean claims the first time around. Using the latest technology to triple-check universal billing (UB) and other claims, you can create better continuity between the care you provide and the reimbursements you receive. And, by automating manual processes — such as the time-consuming UB-04 check — you can save time and labor for your billing staff, as well.

Better insights: Minimizing audit risks and increasing revenue

Monitoring and analyzing your billing cycle will make it easier to spot examples of when the underlying MDS does not support your billing, or vice versa. Getting this feedback and insight early and having the opportunity to correct it prior to submission can help your facility avoid an audit.

At the same time, you may find treatment listed in the MDS that was missed on a claim. The opportunity to make these corrections early will result in more accurate claims that represent higher reimbursements for your facility. And accurate, clean claims also tend to get paid faster.

Using analytics to track your billing trends is exceptionally valuable, especially when it turns up new opportunities for increased reimbursement. With a tool like ABILITY UBWATCH®, you can coordinate financial UB records, potentially increase reimbursements, accelerate A/R and guide your facility toward continuous improvements in billing and patient outcomes.

Better billing practices and increased cash flow are within reach. Check out our application landing page for tips that can transform your revenue cycle management.

How to Transition to PDPM Without Missing a Beat

The patient-driven payment model (PDPM) goes into effect in just a few months. Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have until October 1 to make the transition. Is your facility ready?

Established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), PDPM represents a shift from fee-for-service care to value-based care models. Successfully transitioning to PDPM will involve a three-pronged strategy for SNFs:

  • Optimizing efficiency in providing care
  • Enhancing patient experience
  • Improving patient outcomes

In a value-based care model such as PDPM, instead of billing patients based on the number of services you provide, you’ll bill them based on their outcomes. They key to maintaining revenue during this transition lies in capturing and managing data.

A deeper look into each step of the transition strategy, as well as how to best use the data you collect, can help your facility transition to PDPM without missing a beat.

Optimizing efficiency in providing care

When you optimize how you care for your residents, you may find untapped, justifiable reimbursement revenue that you would have otherwise left on the table.

With ABILITY CAREWATCH®, you can use the Resource Utilization Group (RUG) Potential tool to view RUG groups before you transmit your assessments. This will allow you to plan ahead for the next Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment and ensure that you are properly reimbursed for each resident’s care and the services you provide.

Enhancing patient experience and improving outcomes

When your organization is reimbursed based on the quality of your patients’ experiences and outcomes, data becomes an indispensable tool. The right data applications help you keep track of where you stand on crucial quality measures. Tracking your Five-Star rating, for instance, allows you to clearly see how your facility compares with others, where you are succeeding and where you need to improve.

Another important metric to watch is acute care readmissions so you can identify at-risk residents. Data-driven applications offer SNFs the opportunity to pinpoint exactly where they need to improve for a seamless transition to PDPM.

Accurate MDS assessments for better reimbursements

Also, to improve patient experience and outcomes, SNFs must have the power to create enhanced care plans with accurate analysis of the MDS. With the right tools, you can catch MDS issues early and boost assessment accuracy for better care plans. With accurate MDS assessments, you’ll also be empowered to find more reimbursement opportunities, ensuring that you collect more of the revenue that you are owed.

Data-driven applications are crucial to easing your transition to PDPM and helping you improve patient outcomes.

For more resources on transitioning to PDPM, as well as other relevant industry info, visit the ABILITY resource center.

How Value-Based Care Is Impacting Standard Patient Pay Practices

Value-based care is all about doing what’s best for the patient and promoting better outcomes. This method of care uses patient well-being as a guide for payment, rather than the number of procedures or drugs prescribed. It represents a shift from a fee-for-service to a fee-for-performance model.

It’s already impacting how providers create at-home care plans, conduct treatment follow-ups and manage their quality care levels. Additionally, this industry shift is affecting the admissions process and patient pay procedures, emphasizing the need to best serve patients during the entire treatment cycle.

Here are three ways value-based care is causing providers to rethink standard payment practices.

Providers can (and should) make patient pay easy

When was the last time you visited an establishment that didn’t take credit cards? Or, as is the case with airlines, a place that refused to take cash? Offering limited payment options is inconvenient and often stressful for consumers. The same is true for patients, who increasingly are adopting a consumer-like mindset about their healthcare.

Part of caring for your patients means making the payment process easier to navigate. Not only should you strive to offer several options at the point of service, but also make off-site options available, including online payment portals and automated, recurring payment plans. Allow them to conduct business their way, on their schedule, even if it’s in the middle of the night. Life isn’t limited to business hours; patient pay options shouldn’t be either.

How the payment process affects patient care

It’s a safe assumption that when your attention is pulled in multiple directions, you’re not approaching every task with peak efficiency. Though patient care is always a top priority, billing and other administrative tasks still need to be done to keep things running smoothly.

That is where automation, like that offered by ABILITY SECUREPAY®, can transform how your organization operates.

Automation tools offer business office features to help you post, refund, manage and track payments, saving everyone time and frustration. With the administrative burden lifted, your staff is able to be present, focused and provide better patient care.

Patient experience and outcomes matter

The overall patient experience extends far beyond in-person interaction. No matter how attentive and responsive you are to patients when they receive care, their journey is only beginning. They are left to wonder if their treatment is going to work and how long it might take, as well as how much it’s going to cost.

Anxiety caused by rising co-pays can also cause patients to delay seeking treatment in the first place, possibly allowing their condition to worsen.

Providers who make any part of a patient’s experience easier, faster or less stressful are going to provide better outcomes and encourage patient loyalty.

Providing excellent patient care means more than just scheduling check-ups and following a treatment plan. It also includes things like not making them wait and wonder if their payment will post on time, or when their refund will arrive. Automated patient pay tools can save you time that would be better spent helping patients understand all of the available payment options, so they can select the method they are most comfortable with.

How a Few Simple Patient Pay Improvements Transform the Treatment Experience

Patient treatment begins the second a new patient makes an appointment. It continues as they interact with admissions staff, billers, care providers and specialists. No matter who they’re communicating with, patients need to know your team has their best interest in mind.

As a result, it’s your responsibility to enhance the standard treatment experience. You must find ways to make treatment not just effective, but also as personal and enjoyable as possible. Advanced patient pay practices can help. They turn an experience that is sometimes stressful, confusing and outright intimidating for patients into a much more manageable, satisfactory aspect of treatment.

Here are three patient pay improvements that can significantly enhance your patients’ treatment experience.

1.    Offer a convenient way to pay

When was the last time you used cash to pay for groceries, gas or your home electric bill? If you’re like most consumers, you probably prefer to use your credit or debit card, or maybe a mobile payment app, when making everyday purchases.

Your patients are also accustomed to using modern forms of payment, and many of them see these methods as a more convenient, easy-to-use alternative than cash or check. This presents a key opportunity to enhance the treatment experience by implementing an advanced payment system like ABILITY SECUREPAY®.

Give patients the option to pay for their medical services the same way they pay for other goods. Show them that you’re focused on meeting their needs in every possible way. Then, watch as patient satisfaction increases – and, potentially, as A/R days for patient payments decrease. When patients are able to use a credit card to pay online or over the phone at their convenience, they’re more likely to pay on time as opposed to when they’re limited to using other methods.

2.    Let patients pay for services over time rather than all at once

A recent study found 64 percent of patients delay or skip care because of costs – leading to even more costly care situations. These may include:

  • Emergency room visits
  • Increased hospital readmissions
  • Unfavorable treatment outcomes (causing the need for repeat/additional treatment)

While money isn’t the only reason patients hesitate to seek treatment, it is a significant concern for many. This is why payment plans are so valuable. They make treatment more accessible and ease the fear or anxiety often associated with payments. And with an increasing rate of patient payment responsibility, the more you can do to help patients manage their payments, the better off their health (and your bottom line) will be.

3.    Give patients the option to set up recurring payments

If patients do decide to sign up for a payment plan, make it even more manageable for them by offering automated recurring payments. Just like paying for home utilities or a phone bill, recurring payments for medical services can simplify and enhance the patient experience. They give patients one less thing to worry about, allowing them to focus on the at-home care plan you’ve provided for them, the medication they need to take, or the lifestyle changes they’re working on.

Just as your team manages claims and payments to increase organizational financial performance, your patients make personal finance decisions every day – some more difficult than others. Make the decision for them to seek treatment and pay for services an easy one. Support their payment process by implementing advanced patient pay practices to enhance their entire treatment experience.

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How Predictive Analytics Create Long-term Patient Care Improvements

It’s hard to plan long-term care improvements when you’re focused on the immediate needs of the present. Between attending to patient emergencies, making time to see new patients and managing the day-to-day workflow of your skilled nursing facility, there’s practically no time to sit down and anticipate future needs.

This is just one reason why predictive analytics and insights are invaluable in healthcare. While you and your team are busy handling daily responsibilities, advanced systems can work in the background to track your activities as well as patient behaviors. Then, when you have time to make sense of the data gathered, you can identify actionable steps to implement.

These can influence many parts of your day-to-day, but they have one common purpose: to improve the standard of quality care you’re able to offer patients.

Here’s a closer look at ­three of the long-term patient care improvements you can accomplish by utilizing predictive analytics and insights.

1.    Reduce the risk of incidents

Why did one of your patients recently experience a fall? What was it that caused another individual to mistake their medication? How often do these things occur?

These are just a few of the questions that data can help you answer. When you give your staff the capacity to track every detail of an incident, you collectively lower the risk of future incidents. The information recorded highlights areas of care you can improve to better prevent negative patient experiences. It also provides full visibility into incidents that have already occurred, which can help you prioritize which patients now require the most attention.

2.    Increase intake of patients with conditions you specialize in

As beneficial as it is to record and analyze activities within your organization, you also need to keep an eye on what’s happening in your market.

Having market data accessible at your fingertips greatly improves your competitive advantage. It gives you the information you need to target the best potential referral partners – like hospitals who are releasing patients with conditions you specialize in.

Instead of reaching out to hospitals at random, a tool like ABILITY INSIGHT™ Referral Mapper offers detailed reports on local hospital releases and recent admissions by competing post-acute facilities. Analyzing the data allows you to identify the best opportunities in your local market. And by creating targeted partnerships, you’re setting your team up to succeed in the areas of care they’re most familiar with.

3.    Track and monitor quality measures

The final way that predictive data and analytics can improve patient care is by helping you monitor quality measures. As you’re tending to patient needs, intaking new patients and releasing others, predictive analytics and insights can make sense of your day-to-day activities. They’ll generate reports to identify how you can positively impact your quality measures, and help you track that progress over time. With the right tool, you can even benchmark improvements against state norms and competing facilities.

The benefits of analytics aren’t limited to patient care. Once you discover how to capture and make sense of all the data available to you, the opportunities to improve performance – from patient care to workforce management – are endless. Don’t wait any longer to take advantage of this information. Invest in the predictive analytics and insights you need today to offer more successful patient interventions tomorrow.

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How to Decrease Your Rate of Rejected Claims

Imagine if you went into a patient visit knowing that you wouldn’t receive payment for your work. Would you invest as much time on that patient? Would you hope to see their name on your schedule again?

Compare this scenario with one in which you know for a fact that you’ll receive payment. Most healthcare professionals would choose the latter. However, many hospitals and facilities receive payment rejections on a regular basis. As much as you want to provide every single patient with the best possible treatment, you also need to make sure you’re collecting all the projected revenue associated with your work.

If you’ve been seeing a spike in rejected payments, it’s time to reassess your revenue cycle management efforts. Try using these five tips to help prevent rejected payments.

1. Clean up your documentation and coding process

In a recent HIMSS Media survey, 41 percent of respondents said clinical documentation and coding is a high-risk area for losing revenue, and 43 percent of respondents considered it a medium-risk area.

If you agree, put a stronger emphasis on correct coding. Invest in employee training to ensure that everyone understands the codes your team is working with. Or, try scheduling more people per shift so your team isn’t spread thin and is less likely to make mistakes.

These are just a few ways to improve coding efficiency. If coding errors are affecting your organization, you can’t afford to overlook this issue any longer.

2. Send claims in batches rather than one by one

Sometimes, payment rejections occur because a claim has been submitted to the wrong payer. Additional reasons for rejections include:

  • Inaccurate or missing patient information
  • Inaccurate payer information
  • Terminated coverage
  • Timely filing deadlines
  • No referral on file (for applicable services)

Batches can’t solve all these issues, but they can offset the chances of payment rejections. Working in batches means you can group claims by payer. It reduces the risk of sending claims to the wrong payer and helps you file claims in a timely manner.

Thanks to the digital systems that make working in batches possible, you’re also able to prevent inaccurate or missing patient information as you work through each claim in your batch. Think of your eligibility and claims management system as your second set of eyes. It will tell you if there’s any adjustments you need to make in any claim within a batch. When you have no notifications, you can trust that every claim has all the information it needs to be accepted.

3. Consolidate your claims management

Speaking of eligibility and claims management systems, how many different revenue cycle management tools do you use? Do you have one filing process for Medicare and Medicaid payers, plus a separate way of submitting claims to private payers?

This kind of workflow only increases your risk of rejected payments. On the other hand, using a single portal like ABILITY EASE® All-Payer to communicate with payers makes your RCM more efficient. It increases the accuracy of each claim you make, and helps you catch any mistakes before a claim is submitted.

The result? A faster, cleaner claims management workflow.

4. Track your audits and appeals

Although automated tools can significantly increase claims efficiency, they can’t guarantee first-time acceptances for every single claim. Make sure to track your audits and appeals whenever you find yourself resubmitting claims.

This provides full visibility on all your outstanding payments. It allows you to track financial performance metrics and hold your team accountable to the goals you’ve established. It can also help you adjust your financial strategy if necessary.

5. Save patient data

The final tip to help you decrease rejected payments is to save patient data. This will significantly improve the accuracy of every claim you create, in addition to speeding up eligibility verifications and claims submissions.

Note, this doesn’t mean you should keep storing paper files for all your patients. The better option is to save patient data within your claims management portal. This way, all you have to do to create a new claim is click a few buttons. You can quickly pull the information you need and trust it’s accurate, rather than waste time sifting through piles of paperwork and double-checking everything manually.

There’s no reason to keep letting rejected payments add up, or to spend hours on revenue cycle management. Start using tips above to improve your chances of receiving full payment with a faster, more accurate workflow.

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The Impact of Patient Satisfaction on Your Revenue Cycle

The value you offer patients has a direct effect on the revenue you collect. This applies to all healthcare organizations, but unfortunately, not all providers understand the impact patient satisfaction can have. The more satisfied your patients are, the better your revenue cycle management performance will be, which affects many other aspects of your business.

Here’s a closer look at how patient satisfaction contributes to financial growth (and losses).

The high costs of low patient satisfaction

Patients want clear pricing and payment expectations. They also want:

  • A deep understanding of their condition
  • Actionable steps they can take to improve their health
  • Simple, stress-free payment processes
  • The option to manage high treatment costs with a payment plan

All these things show patients that they’re genuinely cared for. When providers offer such resources and payment options, patient satisfaction increases. When these aren’t included in treatment, patients are likely to be dissatisfied.

And when satisfaction is low, many aspects of your organization are hindered – including financial performance, market share, and care quality. Dissatisfied patients are less likely to pay their medical bills in full, if at all. There’s very little chance these people return for more services, which is how market share can suffer. Even patients who continue treatment may not be fully engaged, resulting in a decrease in quality care levels as patients stop adhering to their treatment plans.

Luckily, these issues can be avoided by investing more in your patients. There are plenty of ways to increase patient satisfaction while also improving revenue cycle management performance, care quality and much more.

The revenue cycle management benefits of investing more in patients

Providing a more satisfactory patient experience can be as simple as taking the time to explain payment responsibilities or as significant as implementing new tools and processes. Convenient payment technology or an advanced claims management system can help you better serve your patients, your staff and your bottom line.

The following is a closer look at three of the top ways to increase patient satisfaction with improvements to revenue cycle management.

1.     Help patients pay faster – and in full

Price and payments are some of the biggest factors that affect patient satisfaction. While you may not be able to lower your costs, you can make patient payments more accessible and easier to manage with a tool like ABILITY SECUREPAY™.

This allows patients to conveniently pay their fees anywhere, anytime. Patients with ongoing treatment can set up automatic payments and those who see you for one-time services have the choice to pay with a credit or debit card in addition to cash and checks.

These payment practices are very familiar to your patients; they’re tools patients use every day in other aspects of their lives. When patients have the option to pay for medical bills in the same manner, they’re more likely to pay quickly and in full, increasing patient satisfaction and practice revenue.

2.     Decrease billing mistakes

Billing mistakes don’t benefit anyone involved in treatment, yet for most organizations, they’re a common occurrence. These issues slow down your revenue cycle and can lead to lost profits. They’re also a stressor for patients.

If it’s become the norm to see your staff discussing billing mistakes with patients, it’s time to try a new approach. Implement an eligibility and claims management process that creates a satisfactory experience for all. Make it easy for billers to input patient information and track claims. Eliminate the need for your staff to sift through paperwork and the risk that patients’ bills go unpaid by their payers.

This will result in higher patient satisfaction and engagement, a more motivated staff and a healthier revenue cycle.

3.     Prepare for price shopping

One-third of healthcare consumers used the internet or mobile apps during the past year to compare the quality and cost of medical services. They price shopped before seeking treatment, a trend that will continue to rise in the coming years.

Providers need to prepare for this now by improving pricing transparency, strengthening their organization’s brand and increasing patient satisfaction. They need to put a bigger emphasis on value-based care and comprehensive treatment.

These are the details potential patients look for when comparing provider reviews. They keep current patients coming back and new patients coming in to begin treatment. Thinking long-term, an early adjustment to price shopping can mean significant rewards for your organization.

At the end of the day, all the functions of your organization should be rooted in one purpose: serving your patients. If you fail to meet their expectations, revenue performance will be one of the first things to feel the consequences. However, put the above tips to work to make sure your organization is performing well across the board and watch how patient satisfaction skyrockets – and how your entire organization benefits.

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Skilled Nursing and Infection Prevention: 3 Strategies to Start Using Right Away

When did your facility last experience an infection outbreak? How many patients did it affect? In the United States, 1 in 3 million serious infections occur in long-term care facilities – and of those, 380,000 cases lead to death each year.

It’s a serious issue that can’t be ignored. But unfortunately, not all long-term care professionals know how to best prevent and control infection outbreaks. Regular cleaning and disinfecting, the use of disposable tools and even basic hygiene, such as flushing and hand-washing, is not enough. Caretakers need to do more to best ensure their residents’ well-being.

Here are three infection prevention strategies to start using right away.

1.    Record and monitor all infections

As much as you need to treat an infection, you should also be tracking every symptom and moment of intervention. This information is invaluable for better preventing similar infections in the future. It can help you identify the root cause of one patient’s infection as well as an outbreak.

But, how you record this data plays a critical role in how helpful it is. Paper files won’t get the job done. These are time-consuming to record, find and analyze. The easier, more efficient way to work is to digitally track all infection information with a tool like ABILITY InfectionWATCH™. Going digital gives you much more visibility to the infection trends affecting your organization. It simplifies how you track and treat each patient’s condition and how you prevent outbreaks from affecting all patients.

2.    Strengthen early detection efforts

One of the best ways to keep an infection from spreading is to identify it early on – either when an already existing infection enters your facility, or when a new infection occurs within the facility.

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Some ways to improve the early detection of infection include:

  • Identify where an infection was acquired
  • Identify the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and community-associated infections (CAIs)
  • Track cases of antimicrobial resistance
  • Record adverse drug effects
  • Utilize the information of previous outbreaks to identify high-risk trends

Early detection doesn’t just mean being aware of the potential for an infection outbreak in the future. It also means learning from past outbreaks to best minimize this risk.

3.    Prioritize your intervention plans

If one individual contracts an infection on Monday, and another is affected by a different, more serious infection on Tuesday, who do you need to see first on Wednesday?

Infections don’t happen exclusively. Depending on the size of your facility, it may not be that unusual to manage more than one outbreak – and many affected individuals – at a time. If you find yourself administering multiple intervention plans, you need to know how to prioritize them.

This way, there’s no question as to which patients need certain treatments and to what extent their infections should be tracked and monitored. To best prioritize your intervention plans, refer to the records you keep as symptoms arise and infections are identified. Then, continue to use these records to further enhance your infection prevention and control strategies long-term.

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Continuing the Care Cycle: 3 Things You Can Learn from Tracking Patient Data

Patient care is an ongoing effort. Its success relies heavily on regular caretaker interventions, and it’s partially dependent on how invested a patient is in their well-being. Patient data also plays a role in the coordination and effectiveness of care.

When skilled nursing professionals are able to easily understand the recurring trends of their patients’ health, they can better focus their efforts. Over time, care efforts can shift from a reactive process of caring for the symptoms of serious conditions to a proactive approach that can prevent certain symptoms from affecting patients.

This can’t happen if patient data is sitting in silos. The data must be collected, compiled and analyzed for providers to utilize its full potential.

Wondering what you could accomplish with predictive analytics and insights?

Here are three things you can learn from tracking patient data.

1. Your biggest opportunities to improve care quality

Most providers assume they don’t need to track patient data because they already have a thorough understanding of each patient’s condition. This misconception causes them to miss out on the opportunity to greatly enhance the care quality levels of their entire organization.

By compiling the patient data of multiple people with similar conditions and treatments, providers can better understand how well they’re performing across the board. They can confirm which efforts work best and identify where their team has the most opportunities to improve.

Some providers may discover that assessment errors or lack of patient engagement have negatively affected treatment results. Others may be surprised to find that they’re performing below – or perhaps above – their state’s average star ratings. These are valuable pieces of information available via ABILITY CAREWATCH®, and they’re just scratching the surface of what utilizing comprehensive patient data can accomplish.

2. Why readmissions are occurring

Missed opportunities during treatment can lead to more serious conditions for patients and costly consequences for your organization. If you’ve seen a spike in readmissions, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s causing patients to leave your organization and return to a hospital. Assessing the data of a patient’s treatment from start to finish can help you find the turning point of their condition.

Analyzing patient data for a group of individuals, though, is what allows you to spot workflow trends in your organization that need to be improved. One benefits you on a case-by-case basis, while the other can significantly improve the results you’re able to provide all patients. By utilizing the data of all, you can reduce the risk of readmission for many.

3. How much revenue you’re not capturing

In addition to improving quality of care, patient data can boost financial performance. This occurs when you analyze the claims associated with a patient’s treatment records. If all the claims for a treatment haven’t been submitted, accepted and paid in full, revenue is slipping through the cracks.

There’s also a chance that you have untapped revenue in the form of claims that haven’t yet been created for services you’ve completed. This may happen because your billing staff is prioritizing other claims, or maybe, because they’ve overlooked the opportunity to bill for a service altogether. Another possibility is that the supporting documentation you currently have in place isn’t meeting payers’ requirements.

There are many additional reasons why a claim may not have been submitted or paid in full. But, you can’t leave money sitting on the table or allow conditions to worsen. With the right approach, a little bit of extra time spent analyzing patient data can lead to significantly stronger financial performance and more effective patient care efforts.