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RCM Advisor: The Journal of the Healthcare Business and Management Association

September/October 2017

Independent vs. Employees Contractors

RCM AdvisorThe inaugural issue of RCM Advisor (formerly Billing) examines a growing conundrum in the revenue cycle management industry: worker classification. The cover story highlights the risks of misclassifying workers as independent contractors versus employees and breaks down some factors the Department of Labor uses to determine proper employment status. Other feature articles look at going paperless to reduce overhead and streamline healthcare payments, the increasing need for RCM companies to obtain accreditation to protect patient records, and four of the biggest trends in the RCM industry this year. Check out the special sneak peek of the Government Relations Update, the annual publication recapping the Government Relations Committee’s efforts and achievements during their yearly visit to the hill. And get the latest from the Coding Corner, Software Talk, and From the Road columns. (HBMA member? Access the digital edition.)

From the latest issue of RCM Advisor.
How to Go Paperless in Five Simple Steps
By Deirdre Ruttle
Healthcare is expensive in this country. The heavy reliance on paper products costs the healthcare industry billions annually. Some estimates put that waste as high as $300 billion a year. So, what can be done to eliminate paper from healthcare?...
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Not a Question of If Your Billing Company Needs Accreditation, but When
By Lee Barrett
Health plans and health systems are getting serious about data security, both internal security and that of its business associates—including third party billers....
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What Are the Latest Trends in Healthcare Payments?
By Chris Seib
Healthcare was in the spotlight throughout 2016 as the country ramped up to the presidential election in November. From the start of the Republican and Democrat primaries, it seemed like each candidate leveraged healthcare as a key campaign focus point.
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About RCM Advisor
RCM Advisor is the official member publication of HBMA. Its mission is to publish timely, industry-leading articles that HBMA members and non-members can put to work. It is a valuable communication tool for healthcare billing and management professionals, with articles written by industry experts on the latest billing and healthcare management topics, as well as general management issues relevant to healthcare business owners.

HBMA members receive six print issues of RCM Advisor each year and have access to the digital editions and archives available online.


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Editorial Contributions
We are always looking for relevant, timely, industry-focused content to publish in upcoming issues of RCM Advisor. If you are interested in contributing to RCM Advisor, email RCM Advisor editor Lisa Tomcko at ltomcko@hbma.org.