healthcare payers

There are many things in this world that make us happy and bring us joy. Sometimes when those great things are combined with other wonderfully, great things they become AMAZING! Simply put…they are Better Together. Here are a few of those amazing things:

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Milk and cookies – especially chocolate chip!
  • Netflix and your couch
  • Danny and Sandy
  • Wine and Cheese
  • Fall and pumpkin spice everything!

This list can go on and on. I’m sure you already thought of 5 more. What does this have to do with the healthcare industry? What comes to mind when you hear payer and provider? By themselves they are good. Payers enable us to pay for checkups that keep us healthy. Providers take care of us when we are sick and payers help us pay for that care. Payers and providers go hand and hand. So why aren’t they always “Better Together”? The good news is they can be. With a few strategic initiatives focusing on increased collaboration the old saying of “two heads are better than one” will hold true.

When payers and providers don’t collaborate, the patient suffers. They end up dealing with challenges from both sides. How many times have you dealt with multiple bills, billing errors or hidden costs followed by phone call after phone call in an effort to correct the problem? It’s a cycle that becomes very frustrating. Payers and providers need to join forces and coordinate efforts that will drive improved service and positive patient outcomes. What good is Netflix without a couch to cozy into? When a team approach is put in play it will inevitably lead to better patient experiences, increased quality of care and financial wins for both sides.

Sharing data is an important first step. Technology offers payers and providers a plethora of options to improve access to data and transparency into processes. The use of online portals and automated solutions encourages communication while promoting better efficiency and accuracy. We live in a technology driven world, so why shouldn’t payers and providers take advance of new technologies that will drive them to better heights.  Payer and provider collaboration, and a strategy to become Better Together, is key to improving patient satisfaction and delivering better health outcomes.

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You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See – Thoughts from the Optimizing Appeals & Grievances Conference

Much of the discussion last week at the Optimizing Appeals & Grievances and Improving ODAG & CDAG Outcomes Conference centered around accountability and company culture.  There was also a great deal of attention given towards the ability to pull Universes on demand.  These topics along with better ways to manage your day to day workloads are common challenges we hear from […]

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Building a Strong Network: It Takes an Empowered Team

Life is full of different experiences. Take a moment to think about the last really good experience you had. What was it about the experience that made it so positive? Now think about the last horrible experience you had. What was it that made the experience so poor? I’m betting that the factors behind why your experience was positive or […]

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The Secret to Improving Member Experience? Hint: It’s Probably Not What You Think.

Life is full of different experiences. Take a moment to think about the last really good experience you had. What was it about the experience that made it so positive? Now think about the last horrible experience you had. What was it that made the experience so poor? I’m betting the factors behind why the experience was positive or negative […]

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Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: Getting You Ready For Race Day

A couple years ago when I started thinking about running my first half marathon I knew it was going to be a real project and a real commitment. See, running doesn’t come easily or naturally to me and I don’t hesitate to say I’m usually bringing up the rear in most of my races. Although I’ve been an athlete my […]

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August 31, 2017

Things That Are Better Together

There are many things in this world that make us happy and bring us joy. Sometimes when those great things are combined with other wonderfully, great things they become AMAZING! Simply put…they are Better Together. Here are a few of those amazing things: Peanut butter and jelly Milk and cookies – especially chocolate chip! Netflix and your couch Danny and […]
July 12, 2017

Uncertainty…How are you handling it?

Studies have shown that most people would rather be unhappy than uncertain. But when you are unhappy, you are less motivated, more stressed and may just feel lost. Why would you want to feel that way? And doesn’t that seem worse than being uncertain? Plus, how you deal with uncertainty can define your path towards happiness and overall success! So […]
March 16, 2016

Gateway Health(SM) Selects Kiriworks Appeals & Grievances Solution

Appeals & Grievances solution supports Gateways belief in “A Better Way” Milwaukee, WI, March 15, 2016 – Gateway Health, a top ranked Medicaid and Medicare managed care organization has been delivering quality and affordable healthcare to its members for over 20 years. In concert with Gateway’s strong commitment to doing things “A better way” the selection of Kiriworks as their […]
April 29, 2015

Appeals & Grievances: 3 tips for the daily triathlon

Last year I completed my first triathlon. Reflecting on the event, I realized that Appeals & Grievances (A&G) managers run a triathlon every day. Triathlons include three events in succession and it’s all about the clock. In an Olympic Triathlon – like I participated in – you start with a one-mile swim, transition to a 25-mile bike ride and finish with […]