Blockchain prototype aims to speed revenue cycle transactions

The InstaMed blockchain prototype creates a shared patient account ledger accessible by the provider, payer and consumer. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Blockchain prototype aims to speed revenue cycle transactions

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Wording in medical student evaluations differ by gender and minority status, revealing potential bias

Evaluators often used personal descriptors to describe a student’s performance, and they used strikingly different words for men and for women. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Wording in medical student evaluations differ by gender and minority status, revealing potential bias

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Cerner and naviHealth launch EHR-agnostic tool to support BPCI Advanced participants

Health IT giant and convener expand partnership to help health systems with 2020 model for bundled payment reimbursement. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Cerner and naviHealth launch EHR-agnostic tool to support BPCI Advanced participants

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Site neutral payment policies straining Maine hospitals, accelerating consolidation

Hospitals in the state are looking to leverage economies of scale in order to survive the expected losses in reimbursement. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Site neutral payment policies straining Maine hospitals, accelerating consolidation

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CMS reduces exchange user fees, changes coupon policy for brand name drugs, in 2020 final rule

Rule proposes no changes to practice of silver loading as insurers start to set rates for 2020. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – CMS reduces exchange user fees, changes coupon policy for brand name drugs, in 2020 final rule

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Hospital merger and acquisition volume in the first quarter was the lowest in nearly a decade

It was the fourth straight quarter in which M&A was lower than the annual quarterly average. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Hospital merger and acquisition volume in the first quarter was the lowest in nearly a decade

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Eliminating routine but low-value preoperative tests for cataract surgery patients associated with cost savings

One medical center found savings of $67,241 over three years by foregoing routine chest X-rays, electrocardiograms and other preoperative procedures. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Eliminating routine but low-value preoperative tests for cataract surgery patients associated with cost savings

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For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as a longer course

Medical students are at disproportionately high risk for depression and anxiety, and mindfulness can help them develop coping mechanisms. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as a longer course

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New research documents state of value-based care in all 50 states

The analysis finds that value-based payment is firmly rooted in state healthcare policy. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – New research documents state of value-based care in all 50 states

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Safety-net hospitals fare better under new Medicare reimbursement rules

Large hospitals and teaching hospitals are the most likely to see reduced penalties; those in states with high Medicaid enrollment will fare better. Source: healthcarefinancenews.com – Safety-net hospitals fare better under new Medicare reimbursement rules

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