This week's 5 must-reads for hospital RCM leaders

Here are five articles recently published by Becker's Hospital Review, covering Americans' healthcare costs, insights into the growth of high-deductible health plans, and more.

1. 6 things to know about high-deductible health plans
Hospital and health system executives know high-deductible health plans are growing in popularity and affecting patients' pocketbooks. To put context around this trend, here are six things to know about high-deductible plans.

2. 4 recent RCM service expansions
Here are four revenue cycle management service expansions involving healthcare vendors and providers implemented or announced on or after July 20.

3. RCM tip of the day: Use tech to double-check bills, maximize reimbursements
To maximize their reimbursements, hospitals should use technology to examine changes before bills are sent to patients and identify areas of potential charge discrepancies, advises Kevin Smith, vice president of product management at nThrive.

4. 22% of Americans say cost is an obstacle to healthcare, survey shows
American households continue to struggle with healthcare costs, and most are concerned about access to affordable insurance coverage, according to a new Bankrate survey.

5. AHA files brief in Medicare appeals backlog case: 9 things to know
The American Hospital Association and three member facilities filed a court brief Aug. 10 seeking a deadline-based remedy to address the Medicare appeals backlog.


More articles on healthcare finance: 

California hospital weighs closure of nursing facility
Avadyne Health adds to board: 4 things to know
Mayo Clinic Care Network hospital in Kentucky renews contract with IT company

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