Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, named Frank J. Manzella its new Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy. An experienced healthcare executive and investor with broad strategic expertise and transaction experience, Manzella’s focus will be to provide critical insights and guidance for potential acquisitions designed to significantly expand Availity’s capabilities ...

Sixty-seven percent of all provider organizations in the United States attest the accuracy of their provider directories, credentialing, and other demographic data through the industry-leading, multi-payer intelligent portal of Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network. So far this year, 263,000 provider organizations, representing almost 1 million physicians, utilized Availity to make more than 7 million updates or corrections to their directories.

Welcome back to Faces of HR. In this space every Friday, we will profile one of your peers, learn about his or her experiences as and feelings about being an HR professional, what the person’s goals are, and how he or she hopes to accomplish those goals—and get to know a little about your peer as a person along the way! Today we’re learning about Jessica Micciche, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network.

Revenue cycle management technology is at the heart of the administrative side of business at every hospital and health system. It is key to daily operations. As such, healthcare CIOs and other IT professionals must take great care when implementing RCM systems. Getting revenue cycle done right – and done right the first time – is imperative. Here, five experts in the field of revenue cycle management IT offer Healthcare IT News readers their expertise when it comes to identifying and deploying best practices for implementing this all-important technology.

Jacksonville, Fla—July 24, 2019—Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, named Jessica Micciche its new Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. With 15 years of HR experience in high-tech and manufacturing environments, Micciche is tasked with all aspects of human resources including culture, talent acquisition and management, leadership, human capital analytics, compensation and benefits

Jacksonville, Fla—June 18, 2019— Black Book Market Research LLC awarded Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, its highest ranking for Ambulatory Claims Management and Physician Clearinghouse Solutions, in a comprehensive survey of more than 1,600 hospital and health system executives, directors, and managers.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) have proposed new rules designed to give patients greater control over their own data and advance interoperability across the healthcare industry. Should the rule be finalized in its current form, millions of patients will have unprecedented access to and control over their own health information by 2020.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2019-- For healthcare providers, the laborious process of registering patients, estimating costs, collecting up-front payments, reducing denials and securing overall financial clearance is challenging, requiring the immediate need for efficiency and improved workflow. As deductibles rise, patient demand for cost transparency prior to service is skyrocketing. To meet these needs, NextGen Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXGN), the leading provider of ambulatory-only technology solutions, and Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, have collaborated to offer clients NextGen® Pre-Service Solutions.

In theory, healthcare consumerism is a straight-forward idea: Shifting costs to consumers, typically in the form of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), will give them an incentive to make informed, judicious decisions about the healthcare services they purchase. In practice, consumers have been slow to shop for health care based on price, despite high enrollment levels in HDHPs, with the National Center for Health Statistics reporting that nearly 40 percent of consumers purchased private HDHPs in 2016, up from 26 percent in 2011.

medQ, Inc. and Availity announced an agreement to provide Availity Patient Access and AuthPal services through the Q/ris 3000 workflow suite of products. With this integration, Q/ris 3000 will quickly process physician orders, obtain prior authorizations, and verify insurance for all diagnostic imaging procedures. In addition, the Q/ris 3000 integrated app will also calculate how much patients will owe for that exam to ensure they are aware of their financial obligations prior to arrival for the procedure.

Starting Monday, Jacksonville-based Availity LLC and about 400 employees will operate at its new headquarters offices at Town Center One. Until then, most employees will work from home as the move is completed to the newly constructed building at 5555 Gate Parkway, across Butler Boulevard from St. Johns Town Center.

Stamford, CT, June 11, 2018 – FUJIFILM Medical Systems, U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of Enterprise Imaging and Medical Informatics solutions, announced a new collaboration in its health IT portfolio to enhance access for clinicians and patients. Fujifilm has joined forces with Availity, the nation’s largest payer and provider engagement network, to provide an integrated solution for patient financial engagement and automated insurance pre-authorizations. Both vendors recently attended the RBMA conference and highlighted their new partnership.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, named Damien Creavin its new Chief Technology Officer. Availity’s New Chief Technology Officer Brings a Fresh Perspective to Healthcare.

Availity, the nation’s largest HITRUST-certified health information network, and IDS, a leader in healthcare cloud information management services, announced the successful integration of Availity’s pre-service authorization and patient access solutions into AbbaDox RIS, the cloud-based health information management platform developed by IDS.

The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) announced their selection of Gaine Healthcare and Availity as the technology vendors for the launch of the statewide Provider Directory Utility (PDU). The first of its kind in the state, the PDU will offer a centralized, cloud-based platform for providers and health plans to update, manage, and exchange their provider data.

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.

As you are likely aware by now, CMS’ final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Providers and Suppliers went into effect on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017. This final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers to plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced today that it has received a significant growth equity investment led by Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, with additional investment from Availity’s existing investor group.

Availity today announced its recognition as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. The annual award, issued by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, commends top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workforces.

Administrative costs make up about 15% of all healthcare expenditures—well over $300 billion annually, according to the 2016 index report from the California Association for Healthcare Quality. Outdated, manual processes and rejected claims eat up a large portion of this cost. The key to reducing administrative costs lies in refining these processes and changing with the times, according to industry leaders. Here are five strategies to consider implementing at your organization.

Payers and providers have for decades stayed in their silos, leading to a more fractured and adversarial healthcare system. That relationship, however, is starting to soften for many in the industry. Payer-provider partnerships put the two groups on the same team in hopes of reducing costs and improving care and outcomes through sharing data and better communication.

Although collaboration between payers and providers will be critical if they are to succeed in transitioning to value-based payment models, they continue to struggle with information exchange in the current fee-for-service environment. That’s the finding of a new survey of 40 health plans and more than 400 practice- and facility-based providers, which found significant communication gaps between the stakeholder groups.

Online and multi-payer portals are viewed as promising solutions to improve communications between payers and providers while also mitigating costs, yet these tools are underutilized. While 60 percent of payers prefer the use of online portals as the primary means of communication with providers, it seems providers are less enthusiastic, as only 39 percent of practice-based providers and 40 percent of facility-based providers strongly support online portals as a primary source, according to a survey by Availity.

A survey conducted by Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, found that while payers and providers want to collaborate more closely on value-based care initiatives, such partnerships remain vulnerable to poor data transparency, competing business goals, and significant administrative burdens.

Healthcare industry trends such as growth in data analytics and high-deductible health plans are causing payer and provider relationships to evolve. With this evolution comes the need for greater communication and collaboration between the two sides. A recent Availity survey of 40 health plans and 400 practice- and facility-based providers found 53 percent of payers "strongly agree" providers and health plans need to collaborate to be profitable.

Mark Martin, Director, Payer and Vendor Portfolio at Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, will take part in a panel discussion titled “Solving the Inaccuracy and Inadequacy of Provider Directories” at WEDI 2017, May 15-18, in Los Angeles.

In an era of shrinking reimbursements, it's more important to capture every dollar owed to your practice as far forward in the process as possible. It's a matter of time and money. According to a 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation study, average deductible and co-insurance costs have seen the biggest increases between 2004 and 2014, and continue to grow while copays are continuing to decline. The shift toward high deductible health plans has fueled that rise.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced the launch of its automated prior authorization platform, which eliminates the cost, time, and administrative burdens associated with manual authorization processes.

A myriad of factors stand in the way of health care organizations using data analytics to boost reimbursement. As hospitals transition to a value-based reimbursement model, data analytics may play a leading role. However, with an overwhelming wealth of information being generated each day, key decisions must be made to ensure the captured data are truly of benefit.

In a time of healthcare consumerism and high-deductible health plans, the patient has become a major revenue source for healthcare organizations. But without strong point-of-service patient collection strategies, providers could be seeing their payments walk right out the door with their patients.

Health plans have long supplied their members with provider directories to assist in finding in-network physicians who are accepting new patients. But what should be a helpful aid often isn't, due to outdated or just plain wrong data. Not only is this frustrating for patients trying to find an available provider, it can cost them more than they anticipated if they end up incurring out-of-network fees for a physician they thought was in-network.

A tiny change to how a small hospital uses technology is resulting in big savings of between $3,000 and $10,000 a month. Iroquois Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed facility in the eastern Illinois town of Watseka faced a problem.

As patient financial responsibility continues to increase in a more consumer-focused healthcare environment, more hospitals are shifting healthcare revenue cycle management strategies to improve patient collections. Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Illinois is one of these healthcare organizations.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced that it will be using the HL7® FHIR® standard for sharing critical data between payers and providers, including patient eligibility and benefits, lab tests, diagnoses, medical attachments, ADT, and other healthcare information.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced the availability of a low-cost online education series that will help physician practices meet HIPAA training requirements.

“Give the lady what she wants,” was the mantra of Marshall Field, the 19th century retail titan whose eponymous Chicago department store was world-renown for delivering outstanding customer experiences (CX). Today, digital communication and service technology have opened a world of endlessly creative possibilities for CX built on many of the same innovations that Field pioneered 150 years ago, including identifying consumer preferences and offering transparent and consistent pricing.

Availity, the nation's largest real-time health information network, announced today its recognition as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. This annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP) for Electronic Health Networks (EHN) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

The public is being primed to take on more financial responsibility for their healthcare costs, with unprecedentedly high deductibles and co-insurance among the most notable drivers. It’s expected that even more employers will offer these high-deductible plans in 2016, compelling employees to pay for an even larger portion of their healthcare services. That is, if they schedule them at all.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced the release of a free eBook to help hospitals and physician practices rethink the management of their revenue cycle as increasing numbers of patients take on greater financial responsibility for the care they receive.

Florida health insurers are going live with a provider directory workflow solution from Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, to increase provider data transparency and enhance collaboration with their provider networks.

Children’s Home Society of Florida, Buckner Division hosted its annual “Under the Tent” awards luncheon today to recognize and honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their work in the interest of underserved children.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced the launch of a dynamic application for delivering member assessments. The Member Assessment application is part of the company’s innovative Revenue Program Management (RPM) solution, which increases payer and provider collaboration while reducing the inefficiencies currently associated with gathering and managing quality and risk-related information about patients.

Many physicians’ offices and hospitals struggle with legacy EHRs that lack the improved functionality of their more technologically advanced iterations. Most of these legacy systems don’t integrate well with third-party applications, and many are built as silos not capable of communicating with other systems.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, today announced that its Revenue Cycle Management solution was a top-ranking Customer-Rated KLAS Reviewed vendor in the Claims and Clearinghouse category of the 2015/2016 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report.

Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, continued to position itself as a proven and trusted leader for information exchange between health plans and providers, with a number of significant industry endorsements and certifications, as well as a growing body of knowledge for its network of over one million engaged providers, hospitals, vendor partners and health plans nationwide.

Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business, and Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, will collaborate to help improve the completeness and accuracy of health insurance claims, and reduce claims-processing errors and appeals.