The Hello Health Express — February 2014
Hello from the CEO, Nat Findlay
Hello, and happy 2014! I hope this newsletter finds you keeping warm in the deepest part of winter. All the snow and ice can be burdensome, but we can’t let it slow us down – because we know you can’t, either! While the temperatures plummet outside, we’re just heating up at Hello Health HQ. As of January, Hello Health is the only EHR provider that can offer both technology and billing services at no cost. Yes, we took our current revenue-generating patient subscription business model up a notch with the addition of our Revenue Cycle Management Services. We’re confident that this new aspect of our product suite will be an important step along the path toward more efficient and profitable medical practice management.
This month, we will release our latest version of Hello Health, Version 6.6. From speeding up simple search options to making it easier to manage family information, the new features make a good product even better. With this in mind, please know that our account managers and support team are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to communicate your needs and suggestions for the Hello Health platform and keep us posted with your suggestions and progress along the way. Cheers!
C.E.O. Hello Health, Inc.
Congratulations to Hello Health’s Top 3 Practices of January 2014! These practices are making the most of the revenue-producing opportunities Hello Health provides by enrolling patients in PortalConnect, successfully instituting a Credit Card on File (CCOF) policy, and using our platform to create cost-saving efficiencies in their offices.
- Robinhood Integrative Health, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Anne Coleman, M.D., Richardson, Texas
- The Healthy You, A Medical Group, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Community Check-up: CCOF
Changes in healthcare mean more uninsured patients and high deductible policies in your payment mix. Post-visit billing and collections are a bigger hassle than ever before. A recent study showed that primary care offices have a less than 20 percent recovery rate for debt collection. (ACA International’s Top Collection Markets Survey, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012.)
That’s why Hello Health’s CCOF program provides a framework that not only helps you secure payments upon check-in, but also enables you to seamlessly collect unpaid balances and past due amounts. Up front payment means reduced billing costs, fewer bad debt-write offs, and an optimized revenue cycle.
“Practices that are straightforward with their patients and present CCOF as their office policy have the most success with the program,” says Hello Health VP Physician Services Matthew Beer. “Patients are encountering similar policies elsewhere and appreciate the convenience of having a card on file for faster payment.”
We’ve done the math. Missing an opportunity to place a patient credit card on file represents an average loss of outstanding revenue of at least $6 per patient. That’s money you’ve earned and money you’re owed. Don’t leave it on the table! Pick it up!
How is your practice doing with Credit Card on File? Please share your successes and challenges with your fellow Hello Health users.
Tips & Tricks: Get Carded!
The “patient card” in the Hello Health platform can serve as a handy shortcut to many important features.
Did you know all of the things you can do from the patient card? Here's a handy list:
- Quickly ascertain a patient’s PortalConnect membership status
- Link to update preferred contact method and contact information
- Jot down an internal sticky note to communicate information about a patient that is non-medically relevant
- Access patient visit notes
- See if a credit card is expired
- Review and update insurance information
Say Hello to: Keely Mitchell, Client Support Team member
When did you join the team at Hello Health?
Where are you originally from?
Sydney, Australia, though I was born in Tasmania. I cop flack for that all the time!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working for Hello Health because it gives me the opportunity to help people and make sure they are taken care of. When people call for support I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and confident that they are receiving all the information they need. My goal is to have each call end with a happy customer.
What kinds of people do you admire?
Humanitarians. I admire people who spend their lives helping better the lives of others. Someday I would love to found a gang resuscitation centre/program for children who are in gangs to get them off the streets and back into their families and homes.
Tell us something that not many people know about you.
I love to dance. I am a trained professional ballerina, but my career ended due to injury.
Client Support Team member
Hello Health News
Hello Health Inc. Announces Addition of Revenue Cycle Management Services
Big news! Hello Health Billing Services is a new division that complements the company’s cloud based, no–cost electronic health record (EHR) and patient portal with full-service revenue cycle management capabilities. The addition positions Hello Health as the only EHR provider that can offer both technology and medical billing services at no cost.
Hello Health and HIT: Looking back, looking forward
What a year 2013 turned out to be! The Hello Health development team released EIGHT platform updates over the course of the year, each in response to the feedback and needs of our customers. Hello Health’s interactive relationship with our users makes it possible for us to achieve this continuous improvement. It’s easy to stay excited in this field – new opportunities to instigate innovation arise every day. …
Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline Extended
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2013, the agency announced recently. This extension will allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year, as well as avoid the 2015 payment adjustment. The reporting year will extend one month for eligible professionals. The deadline was extended from 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2014 to 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2014. Via Healthcare IT News.
Final Health IT Rule Could Facilitate Physician EHR Adoption
CMS recently published a final rule on its exception to the physician self referral law. The "Physicians" Referrals to Health Care Entities With Which They Have Financial Relationships: Exception for Certain Electronic Health Records (EHR) Arrangements," will go into effect on March 27. Via AAFP.
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In case you missed it:
A monthly check and reduced billing rate? Check it out for yourself! http://t.co/v766R7UuYY— Hello Health (@hellohealth) February 06, 2014
Reflections on the Power of Health IT— Hello Health for Health Professionals February 04, 2014
Hello Health Inc. Announces Addition of Revenue Cycle Management Services.— Hello Health Inc. January 14, 2014