Health care providers cope with an avalanche of complex rules, regulations, and administrative processes just to run their practices. At the same time, costs are increasing and reimbursement rates are declining. The only way for a practice to achieve financial health in this demanding environment is to learn how to operate at peak performance level.
Our web-based patient communication system and services go well beyond medical scheduling software by improving all patient interactions outside of the office. Learn how physicians can communicate with patients online and improve their bottom lines with our unique approach to medical scheduling software and other automated messaging services.
Payment reform has long been discussed in health care, as escalating costs have spurred calls for changes to the dominant fee-for-service model. Learn the capabilities that you can develop to not only help position your practice to respond to any of the payment reform models likely to occur in the future, but also make your practice more successful now.
With the right EHR in place, participation in health care quality management programs not only helps you provide great care to your patients, but can also help increase your bottom line. However, the rewards are only worth seeking if the cost—in time and money—of collecting and reporting data to these quality programs doesn't outrun the potential gain. This is where your EHR and the services provided by your EHR vendor can make a significant difference.
Traditional EMRs consistently fail to help physicians make more money, do less work, and deliver better care. High up-front fees with traditional EMRs are one factor, but the greatest problem with traditional EMRs is that they are designed without an understanding of the fundamental economics of a patient encounter.
In 2009, athenahealth undertook a lean mapping study of 25 providers at twelve diverse practices. This whitepaper leverages that study and best practices to provide the following five tips for establishing a clinical workflow that takes full advantage of the EHR and boosts productivity.
Struggling to keep its independence, Wilson Stream Family Practice needed to improve financial efficiency and data management. With athenahealth's medical billing and EHR services, the practice was able to organize clinical data, make patient visits more efficient, and improve overall quality of care.
At athenahealth, we don’t believe government mandates—or any change—should take focus away from patients. So, as part of our continued dedication to caregivers, we guarantee your success as you face ICD-10 and Meaningful Use.
PayerView, an annual healthcare payer rankings report by athenahealth, uses objective, data-driven methodologies to analyze the payer-provider relationship. The 2013 healthcare payer rankings report, which covers industry trends in 2012, does not show dramatic industry changes over the year, but highlights areas where there could be trouble as industry changes emerge.
Healthcare mergers and acquisitions and medical group growth have been strong industry trends for years. One reason is the desire for critical mass to gain leverage with payers as reimbursement declines and costs increase. Healthcare mergers and acquisitions may offer benefits for many medical groups; it is not without its challenges. Read this whitepaper to learn how to successfully manage growth of your medical group.
Business intelligence analytics streamline the task of gathering critical data across the health care enterprise and turns it into readily accessible, actionable information. Health care business intelligence is a package of software and services that offers clarity on and control over the vast amount of data needed to successfully run a medical organization.
Is physician acquisition really the right way to go? And how can health care leaders pursue successful strategies without resorting to acquisition? Before your hospital system or medical group pursues physician acquisition as a strategy to thrive through the ongoing change, consider the four points offered in this whitepaper.
Dr. Louis DiToppa, a physician for 24 years, didn't want to be tied down with paper charts any longer. He needed an EMR that would allow him to stay connected to his practice and patients anywhere, anytime. athenahealth's electronic medical record and other practice management services gave Dr. DiToppa that flexibility and enabled him to get more money and more control over his practice.
The large family practice located near Boston, MA leverages athenaCommunicator, an on-demand, automated and live patient communication service that supports and streamlines patient-physician interactions outside the exam room.
In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about how to engage patients in their care. Patient engagement has always been considered a good thing in practices and health care organizations. Today it is vital to the business of delivering care. This Whitepaper Outlines 5 elements of Launching a Successful Strategy.
For providers, Stage 2 Meaningful Use raises the bar across the board on what it means to “meaningfully use” an EHR: there are more core measures, new menu measures, and higher reporting thresholds. Reap the rewards by following these five steps to help your practice successfully achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use.
The adoption of the ICD-10 code set will represent a significant change in the health care industry. This whitepaper outlines the five major risks of the ICD-10 transition that your practice should expect, as well as ways to ensure your medical billing, practice management, and EHR vendor is prepared to make your transition as smooth as possible.
The right electronic health records can dramatically improve patient care, profit, and practice workflow. Learn how to manage the electronic health records selection process to achieve your desired results and avoid several common pitfalls.
No matter how these issues are resolved, the new health care reality demands that providers deliver quality care while controlling costs. Use these six steps to bring success to your organization in the new reimbursement landscape:
1. Understand Your Costs
2. Reduce Out-Migration from Your Network
3. Maximize Pay-for-Performance Reimbursement
4. Identify Early Opportunities for Utilization Reductions
5. Support Chronic Care and Disease Management
6. Predict Who Will Develop Issues