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The Winter Olympics are here! If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the excitement and thrills of international competition! I am a snowboarder so I have a personal love for winter sports and will be glued to my TV and social media feeds watching the events and keeping medal counts. There is such an inspirational culture built at the Olympics with athletes, as both teammates and competitors, pushing each other to be their best.
So why am I bringing up the Olympics? Two words: DETERMINATION & TRAINING. These exceptional athletes don’t just roll out of bed and suddenly they’re the best. They work hard – harder and smarter than anyone else. They train, plan, fail, learn, push, excel and do what it takes to be better than the competition in hopes that the long hours of preparing and executing a training plan will pay off. When the pressure mounts, these athletes will feel reassured that they’ve done enough to take their place on the podium.

Healthcare payers should have this same determined mentality when dealing with their Provider Networks. We all know that CMS is cracking down on the accuracy of Provider Networks and compliance and/or enforcement action is right around the corner. It’s time to evaluate your current processes, learn what’s worked and what hasn’t, develop an action plan and then train your team on how to support that strategy to ensure your Provider Data is up-to-date and accurate. Once you achieve that goal, it will take the same consistent effort and commitment to manage that data so it remains in compliance. Athletes have weights, cardio workouts, diet, a team of trainers and sponsor partnerships to keep them strong and competitive. Healthcare Payers have technology, experience, skilled employees and resourceful executives to keep them strong and competitive. Using solutions to monitor provider data and automatically execute provider outreach to verify data is how payers can train for their gold medal. You can’t sit idly or settle for what you’ve always done and expect to swiftly pass an audit when CMS calls. Times are changing and so should your business strategy. Make a choice to be the exceptional athlete in your industry and work hard, train, be a leader and surround yourself with a talented, knowledgeable team to help ensure success.

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How Painful is Your Contracting Process?

Does your contracting process take forever? Can it take weeks, even months to bring a contract from creation, through negotiation and finally to execution? What causes the bottlenecks and how can they be fixed? First, let’s identify some common hurdles within the contracting process. Once identified, we can implement a contracting management solution to address those issues and reduce contracting […]

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Why CommunityLIVE 2018? So Much More Than Just A Conference…

It was over ten years ago when Hyland took over Nashville and I last took the general session stage at CommunityLIVE (at that time called the OnBase Training & Technology Conference). For those that don’t know my background, I started my career in Content Services at Hyland as a Product Evangelist. This year will be my 12th CommunityLIVE. Now, I […]

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Member Communication: Less Is Not More.

There is no way to sugar coat it – Medicare Advantage plans are not meeting their customer satisfaction goals. Surveys prove it, with satisfaction having dropped from 2017 to 2018. One of the main drivers for the discouraging results is a lack of communication. Health plans are not leveraging communication strategies to engage members even though it’s the most effective […]

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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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February 9, 2018

Be an Olympic Athlete in the Work Place

The Winter Olympics are here! If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the excitement and thrills of international competition! I am a snowboarder so I have a personal love for winter sports and will be glued to my TV and social media feeds watching the events and keeping medal counts. There is such an inspirational culture built at the […]
December 11, 2017

PAIN…a sign that change is near.

What is pain? Pain is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. Pain motivates you to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect your body and to avoid similar experiences in the future. How many times do we have pain but ignore it? I know I have. I was running a 5K and BAM about half way through I […]
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 […]