Prior Authorization: Impact on Medical Practices

Prior Authorization: Impact on Medical Practices

The State of Prior Authorizations (pre auth, pre authorization). Prior Authorization: the dreaded back-and-forth process, adding hours (maybe even days) to fill a simple prescription. It's a process. For physicians and staff, it's a frustrating stream of asynchronous communicating with billers, pharmacists, health insurance companies, you name it. 

Inside Klara: Data is Gold, but Transparency is Key

Inside Klara: Data is Gold, but Transparency is Key

Klara Healthcare Technology series Inside Klara featuring OpEds from "Inside Klara" from real Klara employees. Head of Sales Operations and Marketing Vivek Nanda. v.nanda@klara.com | Many technology enthusiasts have grown frustrated with the health care industry's slow adoption of new technology. Why has the health care sector not embraced many of the new tools made available by the modern era?

What You Need To Know About Block Granting

What You Need To Know About Block Granting

Block Granting

It’s called “block granting.” Right now, Medicaid, which was expanded under the 2010 health law to insure more people, covers almost 75 million adults and children. Because it is an entitlement, everyone who qualifies is guaranteed coverage and states and the federal government combine funds to cover the costs. Conservatives have long argued the program would be more efficient if states got a lump sum from the federal government and then managed the program as they saw fit. But others say that would mean less funding for the program —eventually translating into greater challenges in getting care for low-income people.

Healthcare Finance: To Minimize Cost or Maximize Revenue?

Healthcare Finance: To Minimize Cost or Maximize Revenue?

Healthcare Finance: To Minimize Cost or Maximize Revenue? The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) healthcare finance study recently found that the key to success is to pursue profit maximization vs. cutting costs. The practices that balanced both profit maximization and cost cutting, had a lower overhead cost, but also lower net yield. Therefore, investing in new technology, resources, and personnel will leave a practice successful in the long run.

10 Steps to Building an Efficient Multi-Location Practice

10 Steps to Building an Efficient Multi-Location Practice

Julie Gessin of Schweiger Dermatology in NYC describes her 10 steps to building an efficient multi-location medical practice. These are the best multi-location medical practice tips. There are many benefits of growing or joining a practice with multiple locations. A multi-location practice has real tangible benefits over solo offices. Some of which include economies of scale, greater market access, larger pool of capital, combined interests and workflow productivity. Not to mention there are a number of strategic management decisions that exist for practices with multiple locations from referral quality to the ability to pilot new healthcare technologies that perhaps a smaller practice would not have the wiggle room financially (or time) to implement.

Patient Portals Suck

Patient Portals Suck

It's 2017 — and patient portals still suck. But why? What do we do about it? Ask anyone who uses a patient portal day-to-day from office staff to IT heads of hospital systems and they will agree that patients portals are not the best. But what else is there? With 2017 will come greater AI opportunities, cloud-based SAAS integration and better opportunity with interoperability. At the end of the day, portals still suck and we need take lessons from just why they suck to better design healthcare technology for the future. 

Weekly Healthcare Pulse: 1.11.17

Weekly Healthcare Pulse: 1.11.17

Week of 1.11.17: A Look Ahead

9 Healthcare Predictions For 2017, Forbes

Many Think the Cures Act will halt Progress. They’re Wrong, KevinMD

Millennials Give Providers One Shot to Gain their Business, Modern Healthcare

For Doctors Who Take A Break From Practice, Coming Back Can Be Tough, Kaiser Health News

3 Health Reforms Likely to Continue Beyond an ACA Repeal, Fierce Healthcare

Inside Klara: Why My Grandma Loves Klara

Inside Klara: Why My Grandma Loves Klara

Klara Account Manager Haley Fields discusses reasons why her Grandma (of all people!) loves Klara. Klara messaging app is easily designed to be used by all ages, with an adoption rate at an 80% compared to a 7.5% adoption rate of traditional patient portals. The majority of Klara healthcare app users are actually 45+, meaning that the time is now to adopt techology in your practice that will benefit patients long-term.