Western Maryland Health System (Cumberland, Md.) and Pennsylvania-based Wellspan Health System and have selected King of Prussia, Pa.-based MRO to implement Audit Tracker Online to manage payer audits and denials from initial medical records request through appeals and payment resolution.
Under these agreements, Wellspan Health System, with more than 40 locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland and Western Maryland Health System, comprised of two hospitals and more than 200 physicians, will integrate Audit Tracker Online with their existing release-of-information software from MRO, the company says. In addition to tracking all aspects of audit processes, the health systems will be able to create detailed trend analyses, identifying steps that will allow them to enhance their claims processes and improve clinical and financial information in an effort to avoid future audits, it touts.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.