Three-Step Plan to Optimize Physician Capacity

Posted by Brad Veach on Thursday, September 21, 2017

There’s ongoing debate over whether we have a physician shortage looming in our future or not. Do we need to train more doctors? Or are we just inefficient? Obviously, something is awry and, as a result, American healthcare continues to rank poorly in comparison with other developed nations.

To add to the conundrum are some interesting statistics. In this study it was reported that roughly 75% of physicians say they are “overextended and overworked”. While another study revealed a mean no-show rate of 18.8%. Most physicians feel like they are operating at full capacity, while 18.8% of the appointments on their calendars never actually happen.

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How waitlist technology can optimize provider utilization

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No-shows are costly. This study in the Journal for Healthcare Quality found that the cost was $210 per missed appointment.

Dr. Barron Lerner, M.D, writes in the New York Times, “no-show rates range from 5 to 55 percent”. Even with a no-show rate at 20%, it’s easy to see how the costs can quickly grow to tremendous levels.

What can be done to fill at least some of these appointment slots – and recover the revenue?

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Operationalizing Referral Management

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Many practices do their best to ensure specialty appointments are being scheduled by their patients, that attendance is being tracked and when possible, that follow-through care is actually being provided. But with most specialists on disparate systems, it can be nearly impossible.

This does not have to be the case.

When your network of preferred providers are connected through a centralized, cloud-based platform, EHR fragmentation and phone-based workflows no longer short circuit your business.

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What our customers say

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

How long does it take your patients to get from a primary care physician to a specialist?

Many organizations don’t know. 

Patients, however, are fully aware of the frustration of being handed a slip of paper and told to schedule their own consult. 

As a true thought leader in patient experience, Humana has set a new standard of enterprise-wide patient access that addresses this very issue.

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Humana’s innovative approach to improve clinical outcomes

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Coordinating referrals across a disparate provider network is broken.

Long lead times, finding the right provider, efficiently coordinating care, and tracking the timeliness and completion of appointments are everyday obstacles.

These challenges create a time-consuming process, a poor patient experience and untimely access to care. As a result, many patients experience long delays or simply do not follow through on these referrals - correlating to lower clinical outcomes and increased medical costs.

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Saving Lost Appointments

Posted by Matt Berns on Friday, January 20, 2017

When you have access to your scheduling data, you will often be surprised by the types of trends that emerge. 

We recently sat down with one of our partners, a large health system, and noticed an interesting trend in their scheduling history. 14.6% of all open inventory that remained unbooked at appointment time -  was at one point booked and then cancelled 72 hours before the start time. In other words, almost 15% of unfilled appointments were being canceled with a three-day notice.

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9 ways to fix patient access

Posted by Daniel Collins on Thursday, December 22, 2016

1. Despite the rise of on-demand services like AirBnB and Uber, there are many reasons why healthcare lags behind the tech advancements of other industries. To see how consumer demand is reversing this, and helping revolutionize the way patients access care, read Health IT Outcomes’ article on “Matching Patients With The Right Provider”.

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The rise of outpatient care

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hospitals have a common challenge when it comes to outpatient care. Usage is up, and is only continuing to grow and demand more resources. There are a number of reasons this is happening. First of all, hospitals typically receive higher reimbursement rates from their outpatient departments when compared to physician offices. So naturally they want to divert care to these areas to maximize their reimbursement potential. Recent research from Definitive illustrates this point with the revelation that in 2014, over half of hospitals’ net patient revenue came from outpatient care.

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