Looking Back at 2017

We can’t talk about our RCM Answers site without first thanking our sponsor ZirMed, with world class dynamic end-to-end revenue cycle management solutions that get providers paid.

It has been a wild year of “will it stay or will it go” when it came to HHS, ACA, and CMS. Or as The Clash once said, should I stay or should I go? There were so many email communications from HHS and its departments it was hard to keep up. And then there was AHRQ just trying to stay alive. Here are some of their communication:

Keeping up on the QPP
In November CMS issued a final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). While part of CMS’s broader strategy to relieve regulatory burdens for providers, these rules also reflect the agency’s efforts to promote innovation in healthcare delivery aimed at lowering prices, increasing competition and strengthening the relationship between patients and their doctors. See more about the Quality Payment Program.

White Papers
One of the great things about having sponsors is the wealth of knowledge and resources we can share with our readers. If you haven’t seen our white paper libraries, check them out.

Our Contributing Editor Sarianne Gruber.
Sarianne (@subtleimpact) was out in the field this year at events and talking to companies making a difference. Read her posts and her take on how analytics are playing a role in better outcomes.

About ZirMed and Navicure
Navicure and ZirMed are now one company. The combined company, which will initially operate under both the Navicure and ZirMed brands, provides integrated cloud-based healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions that improve both operating efficiencies and financial results including revenue, cash flow, and cost of collecting from payers and patients. The company’s platforms include solutions for medical claims management and monitoring, charge integrity, contract management and modeling, AR management, patient billing and payments, predictive analytics, and eligibility and coverage detection. Navicure and ZirMed are recognized as industry leaders, collectively scoring Best in KLAS® claims clearinghouse every year since 2010 and multiple #1 rankings in both medical claims processing and patient payment solutions from Black Book™ surveys since 2012. The combined company supports more than 400,000 providers, hospitals, health systems and ambulatory services organizations and partners with the leading EHR and practice management solution providers. For more information, visit www.Navicure.com and www.ZirMed.com, or follow @Navicure and @ZirMed on Twitter.