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As 2016 comes to a close, you are probably wrapping up a few last projects and making your holiday vacation plans. Before you scoot off to grandma’s house or strap on the skis for a downhill adventure, make sure your budget is in order. And if you have dollars left to spend, spend them wisely. A “wise” purchase to consider is healthcare training courses for you and your staff. Not only will you maximize your annual budget, but it’s a good opportunity for your employees to sharpen their skills during this slower time of year.

We know what you want for the holidays – Risk Adjustment! That’s why we’re hosting our third #AskAvaility tweetchat on Friday, 12/9 at 1pm ET, discussing All Things Risk Adjustment. Availity’s Susan Bellile (@SKB_RnQ) joins Steve Sisko (@ShimCode) to talk about the current and future impact of Risk Adjustment on healthcare.

A business continuity plan is a dynamic tool used during emergencies, catastrophic events and natural disasters where buildings, personnel, and technology may be impacted. A well-designed business continuity plan documents what processes need to be in place to ensure your organization is able to quickly resume normal business functions in the event of a disaster.

We’re back at it again with another #AskAvaility tweetchat! Join us on Friday, 11/11 at 1pm EST for Exploring APIs in Healthcare. Steve Sisko (@ShimCode) is returning to our chat joined by Dr. Charles Webster (@wareFLO) and our own Steve Vaughn (@RealSteveVaughn) to discuss the ins, outs, ups, downs, pros, cons, and everything in between regarding APIs in healthcare.

With more patients enrolled in high-deductible health plans, front-desk employees are facing difficult questions from patients about their healthcare coverage, but many lack the skills and training necessary to answer them. Here are 3 steps to help patient access staff provide better answers to difficult questions.

A recent Availity survey of providers found that almost half still mail or fax their risk assessments to payers. Results suggest this is because each payer has a different way to submit paperwork and most lack digital submission tools. In fact, almost 75 percent of survey respondents cited minimal standardization as their biggest pain point.

Come join @ShimCode and @HIT_MMartin to talk about the communications (or lack thereof) between providers and payers and the ways in which we can increase communications and data sharing between these two entities.