Dear Reader –

In the spirit of Halloween, I'd like to discuss a rather frightening topic. Advancing technology provides incredible advantages but also many issues. For health care and health information management solutions, that includes data breaches which can spell disaster. nThrive Chief Information Officer Bernard Gay discusses this formidable issue in the fall edition of Garden State Focus, the HFMA New Jersey Chapter newsletter. In addition, four other nThrive thought leaders are featured, each focusing on relevant health care topics.

Speaking of important health care matters, I invite you to stop by nThrive booth #14 at the 6th Annual U.S. News & World Report's Healthcare of Tomorrow Summit, Nov. 14 – 16, in Washington, D.C., where you can speak with revenue cycle experts. At 8:45 a.m. on the 15th, nThrive will moderate a breakout session entitled, "Getting the Message Out: Engaging Patients in Population Health." For more information regarding this panel discussion, nThrive's patient solutions, and our presence at the event, read this article. We hope to see you there!

I'd like to share with you some healthcare solutions materials that I know you'll find to be very useful. Just recently, we released a new health care executive checklist, "Five Contract Modeling Pitfalls to Avoid." To learn ways to better recover revenue and prevent contractual reimbursement variance, take a look at our check list, free to download.

Next, and important to note, the quality of coding affects your entire organization’s health and patient outcomes. If you are involved in compliance or the medical billing and coding accuracy at your facility, I encourage you to attend the re-broadcast of our webinar, "The Value of a Complete Coding Quality Audit Program." Join nThrive Client Audit Director Lisa Marks as she explains how to build and maintain a strong Quality Coding Audit program that radically reduces risk threats and regulatory exposure. The webinar is worth one Continuing Education Unit and is also free to download.

Finally, you don’t want to miss our most recent blog written by Erica Franko, senior vice president, Advisory Services, Analytics and Assessments, titled, "Worried about revenue performance? Consider outsourcing to achieve your financial goals." Are you interested in ways to improve your current revenue cycle management (RCM) operation? Is your process automation and health information management technology outdated? Learn how outsourcing with an RCM partner can help improve your operational efficiency and financial return.

I hope you have a healthy and, of course, spooky holiday. If you decide you’re ready to take the leap and explore RCM outsourcing engagements or want more information on any of our health information technology solutions or services, just give us a call today!


Joel Hackney, CEO