All Articles Written by Kathryn Disney-Etienne, CCS-P, RT

All Articles Written by Kathryn Etienne, CCS-P, RT - DOO

Welcome to the archived list of all medical billing articles written and posted to the site by our Director of Operations, Kathryn Etienne, CCS-P, RT.

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The Role of AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare RCM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are increasingly becoming integral to healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM), revolutionizing how healthcare providers manage billing, collections, and patient financial interactions. This transformation is driven by the need to increase efficiency, reduce errors, and improve patient satisfaction in a complex and ever-evolving healthcare landscape. This article explores the role of AI and ML in healthcare RCM, highlighting their impact on operational efficiency, patient care, and financial outcomes. Introduction to Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Healthcare RCM encompasses all the financial processes involved in managing the clinical and administrative functions associated with patient care, from registration and appointment scheduling to final payment of a balance.

Posted By: Kathryn on February 20th, 2024 | No Comments

Addressing Racial Disparities in Healthcare Access and Billing

Access to quality healthcare is a fundamental human right, yet racial disparities persist, exacerbating inequalities in medical billing and healthcare access. The intersection of race and healthcare has long been a complex issue, with systemic barriers hindering equitable access to services and exacerbating financial burdens for marginalized communities. Addressing racial disparities in medical billing and healthcare access requires a multifaceted approach that tackles structural inequalities, implicit biases, and economic barriers. Structural Inequalities in Healthcare Historically, structural inequalities have shaped healthcare systems, perpetuating disparities along racial lines. Factors such as residential segregation, unequal distribution of healthcare facilities, and limited access to health insurance contribute to disparities in healthcare access. Minority communities

Posted By: Kathryn on February 12th, 2024 | No Comments

Striking a Balance Between Your Medical Billing and Quality Patient Care

Striking a balance between your billing and the quality of patient care is crucial for the success of healthcare providers. Striking the right balance between medical billing and patient care requires a holistic and continuous approach. Regular assessment, adaptation to industry changes, and a commitment to both financial sustainability and patient well-being are key components of this delicate balance. By implementing these strategies, healthcare providers can enhance the efficiency of their billing processes while maintaining a focus on delivering high-quality patient care. Here are some tips to help strike the right balance: Implement Efficient Billing Systems: Invest in advanced billing systems to streamline the billing process and reduce errors. Use

Posted By: Kathryn on February 5th, 2024 | No Comments

Assessing the Financial Health of Your Practice: Key Metrics for Billing Success

Assessing the financial health of a medical practice is crucial for its success and sustainability. Key metrics play a vital role in evaluating the billing success of a practice. Regularly assessing these key metrics and adapting strategies accordingly can contribute to the long-term financial success and sustainability of your medical practice. Additionally, seeking professional advice from healthcare financial consultants or advisors can provide valuable insights and guidance in optimizing billing processes and financial management. Here are some key metrics that can help in assessing the financial health of your medical practice: Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) Metrics: Days in Accounts Receivable (DAR): This metric measures the average number of days it

Posted By: Kathryn on January 25th, 2024 | No Comments

What are some obstacles to efficient healthcare revenue cycle management?

Efficient healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM) involves various processes, from patient registration and insurance verification to claims processing and reimbursement. Several obstacles can impact the efficiency of healthcare RCM. Addressing these obstacles requires a comprehensive approach, including the use of technology, continuous staff training, regular audits, and staying informed about regulatory changes in the healthcare industry. Common challenges to achieving effective RCM: Incomplete or Inaccurate Patient Information: Inaccurate or incomplete patient data during registration can lead to billing errors, claim denials, and delayed payments. Insurance Verification Issues: Difficulty in verifying insurance coverage and benefits can result in claim denials or delays in reimbursement. Coding Errors: Incorrect medical coding can lead

Posted By: Kathryn on January 17th, 2024 | No Comments