No-Shows & Outstanding AR in Healthcare – The problem, or merely a symptom?
The statistics are in, and similar to previous years, no-shows and outstanding accounts receivable are taking a toll on the healthcare industry in the United States, costing the system billions of dollars.
If you are a healthcare provider reading this, it’s likely something you are already far too aware of.
When we look at no-shows and high accounts receivable (AR) days as a symptom of a bigger problem, the data not only backs this conclusion, but it also points us in the direction of a new solution.
When we begin to break down what we know, we can analyze these primary issues in more detail.
Symptom #1: No-Shows
When we view the data this way, we can see a correlation. A study by Duke University of 14 specialties showed that having a copay due was one of the top five predictors that a client would not attend their appointment in seven of the included specialties. These no-show statistics reduce the staffing ability of clinics while adding to the workload for existing staff. This results in an increased challenge in time allotment for AR resolution as well as patient follow up.
The Diagnosis? Systemic Complications.
Human Connection: The missing treatment?
Nearly every study referenced came to very similar conclusions, and when we distill the information down, we are left with three primary initiatives that have the ability to solve the majority of both no-show and AR issues.
1. Increased engagement with patients
One of the primary factors leading to increased attendance is regular reminders and follow-up including via text message prior to appointments, especially in the case of advanced bookings with long lead times. Self-service booking was also proven to increase attendance. These types of patient-centric engagement also provided transparent data for tracking individual patients and isolating local demographics that may lead to no-shows.
2. Relationship building with payers
One innovative approach involved forming strong relationships with key individuals at payer organizations. This smoothed the process of submission and appeals to result in fewer denied claims and shorter AR days.
3. Staffing appropriately
Many hospitals and clinics experience similar challenges in both patient follow-up and AR resolution, but the methods to overcome this vary by effectiveness. One practice found that lost information and efficiencies were improved by implementing shared roles as there were no longer knowledge gaps due to staff turnover or sick days. Yet another found that temporary remote workers were able to provide consistency in administrative tasks.
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Messages are sent based on patient preferences. Patients can choose which messages they can receive and how they get messages on MyChart.
Minimizing friction in patient communications
One of the biggest gaps in healthcare today is the delay that happens after a cancellation, a no-show, or a change in an appointment. At nuiloa, we hope to build trust and reliability between providers and patients by helping clinics streamline their communication touchpoints.
Harnessing the technology available to trigger automated communications with patients can have a huge potential to decrease no-shows and outstanding AR.
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