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George Orwell wrote, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” This is health care’s problem. We have spent — and will continue to spend — billions of dollars developing, buying and marketing state-of-the-art technology designed to create care that is transparent, cost-effective and patient-centered. However, in our pursuit of the future, we’re overlooking foundational elements that make the health-care system patients deserve more difficult to achieve.

eHealth Initiative released their final report, The Role of Technology in Value-Based Care & Patient Engagement, which gained insight, from an industry perspective, on the impact of healthcare reimbursement policies on technology and revenue cycle. Twelve executives, primarily from provider organizations and health information networks (HINs), were interviewed for this research project. Analytics were a prominent theme and interviewees felt strongly about the value of data in improving patient outcomes.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, praised the recent announcement by physicians, pharmacists, medical groups, hospitals and health plans to streamline the prior authorization processes.

Health IT service provider Availity is set to debut a new pre-clearance service this summer that accelerates the process of verifying authorization for imaging exams, and ensures that patients with high deductibles are aware of their financial obligations prior to or upon arrival for procedures.

Data Dimensions, a leader in business process automation, and Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, now offer the workers’ compensation market a new way to connect payers and providers by leveraging Availity’s Provider Engagement Portal as part of Data Dimensions’ Shared Services solution. This multi-payer platform serves as an entry point for providers who require secure access to their payers regarding clinical and administrative transactions.

Thanks to a new relationship with Availity, LLC, Amedisys, Inc, one of the nation’s leading home health, hospice and personal care providers, is processing authorizations more efficiently – and less costly. Previously, Amedisys processed every authorization for managed care claims manually, through either a website or a phone call, requiring 15 to 20 minutes per claim. As a result, authorizations often took too long to complete, thus raising administrative costs and at times, delaying patient care. To address those longstanding challenges, Amedisys forged a relationship with Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network. Availity electronically synthesizes and shares data in real-time between providers and health plans nationwide.

Prior authorizations may be as popular among providers as ants at a picnic, but they have become a common and necessary part of the reimbursement process. As a result, being able to manage prior authorizations efficiently is critical to maintaining a healthy revenue cycle and avoiding issues such as denied claims, administrative waste, excessive staff turnover and, of course, patient dissatisfaction.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award to Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, for Availity’s contributions to Florida’s economic vitality. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals and businesses in recognition of their efforts to create jobs and opportunities within the state. Founded in Jacksonville in 2001, Availity employs more than 400 Floridians, and has created 130 new jobs in Florida in just the past two years.

Prior to the introduction of the electronic health record CMS (Medicare) and other health plan administrators relied upon claims data. Now the mandate of meaningful use has made clinical data available via the electronic health record. Physicians disparage the EHR because of its disruption of the clinical encounter and inefficiency in data entry. Few would deny the enormous data collection which has taken place.