Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• It was another tumultuous year for the revenue cycle, from the slow burn of price transparency and the fight over surprise billing, to the renewed focus on the workforce, not to mention the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. These are three issues that defined 2021 for the revenue cycle. Read More
• With the goal of offering a unified method for representing mailing, physical, billing and other addresses, to help improve patient matching, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released the Project US@ (pronounced "Project USA") Technical Specification Final Version 1.0. The new specification was developed as a unified, cross-standard approach that can be implemented across healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes. Read More
• Hospital mergers and acquisitions were down in 2021 as industry leaders faced another year battling the COVID-19 pandemic, new research from Kaufman Hall shows. While the number of hospital mergers and acquisitions remained low, the size of those few announced transactions was significantly up, researchers reported. But while the number of hospital mergers and acquisitions remained low, the size of those few announced transactions was significantly larger. Read More
• As the pandemic made scheduling medical appointments harder and continued to strain an overburdened healthcare system, some patients are turning to do-it-yourself care at home. Patients are increasingly turning to home testing kits, gadgets and health monitoring apps to manage their health, track their blood sugar and cholesterol levels and even conduct electrocardiograms. Read More
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