Jan 10th 2018

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

​As we launch ourselves into 2018, it is time to reflect on the knowledge and insights that we gained in 2017. 

We heard you. The feedback that we received from our providers and clients alike during the course of 2017 was invaluable. We acknowledge that prior authorization is an administrative burden, and we are working hard to change that. Throughout the course of 2017, with this feedback in mind, we provided articles containing helpful tips on how to navigate the prior authorization process as well as other useful information on the ever-evolving healthcare industry. 

In case you missed any of these articles, we have compiled our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017. Enjoy!

Collaboration in Post-Acute Care

In recent years, post-acute care has become an increasingly essential piece of the healthcare delivery system. From 2001 to 2013, Medicare post-acute spending more than doubled,  reaching a total of $59 billion in payments to post-acute care providers. In 2014, more than 28.6 million adult patients were discharged from hospitals, with 33% being referred to some level of post-acute care.

Impact of Patient Choice on Evidence-Based Care

Patients are seeking more control of their healthcare decisions, especially around chronic or end-of-life treatments. How will this impact evidence-based medicine? How should physicians respond when patients want to discard or discount evidence-based practice in order to exert more control over their own treatment?

Tip #3: How Can I Avoid Peer-to-Peer Phone Calls?

One important tip is that utilizing the  eviCore web portal is the fastest, easiest, most efficient way to obtain prior authorization. While it is important to have all the relevant information prepared prior to initiating a request, utilizing the website takes approximately 3-5 minutes, as opposed to the time it takes to speak with a representative on the phone. 

Learn more about how our prior authorization process works, using an example of an imaging study.

Safety First: Helping Patients Understand Prior Authorization

There's an old expression that, "It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission." But in today's healthcare world, the opposite is true—it's always better to ask for permission. The need for prior authorization for various treatments is a fact of life for almost everyone in healthcare. But while clinicians understand it, patients often don't.

Patients Want a Say in Healthcare Decisions That Affect Their Lives

Only 20 or 30 years ago, patients were comfortable letting their doctor decide the medical treatment that was best suited for them. Today, not so much. Patients now want a say in the healthcare decisions that will affect their lives.

[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Avoid Peer-to-Peer Phone Calls

As a doctor, your work day is full of challenges. And we know the old way of managing prior authorization can be cumbersome and inefficient. That's why we are changing things. Read and download the infographic below to learn tips on how to make the process of obtaining prior authorization easier and more efficient for clinicians and administrators.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Our nation is facing one of the deadliest drug epidemics in its history. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) has quadrupled since 1999. In 2015, there were enough opioid pills prescribed to medicate every American around the clock for 3 weeks. 

Top Three Reasons to Love Peer-to-Peers

Trust us —it's not a contradiction. While our primary goal has always been to make sure that each patient gets the right treatment or test, at the same time we want to simplify and streamline prior authorizations. Our commitment to modernizing prior authorization includes the proviso that we can never compromise our focus on that primary goal. 

It's Time to Talk About the Cost of Healthcare With Your Patients

Ask someone about what keeps them awake at night, and there's a good chance they'll tell you they're worried about paying their medical bills. 

A 2016 Gallup Poll found that cost is the most urgent healthcare concern among Americans. Unfortunately, when people struggle with those bills, they often put off care—even much-needed care. 

Why Post-Acute Care Matters More Now Than Ever

Every day, patients receive their discharge papers and leave the hospital—and often, the hospital staff hold their collective breath and hope for the best, considering the amount of information a patient is given following an acute admission.