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3 Ways To Enhance Patient Care in American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities

Indian Health Services (IHS) healthcare facilities experience unique issues in their quest to make high quality healthcare accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. While financial well-being plagues the entire healthcare industry, AI/AN communities are disproportionately affected.

Consider this: the U.S. federal government spends approximately $3,136 per capita for the IHS, compared to $12,179 per Medicare beneficiary and $5,790 per Medicaid enrollee. According to the National Indian Health Board, “Despite some funding increases over the last several years, IHS is still far below total need and [AI/AN] people continue to experience some of the worst health discrepancies in the country.”

Combatting Health Discrepancies with Databound Healthcare Solutions

One way to combat this discrepancy is to obtain more reimbursements. Without reimbursements, depleted funds limit the number of treatment options a hospital can provide. Lack of funding negatively impacts preventative and curative services and in turn, minimizes patient care outcomes—negating even the most sincere efforts of the provider.

Unfortunately, many healthcare facilities miss more billing opportunities than they’re even aware of. Not to mention, tracking down reimbursements can be a frustrating and time consuming process. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be.

So, what’s the solution?

Enhancing Patient Care in American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities

 

  • Minimize the frustration of denials. Technology should be leveraged to prevent issues from snowballing. Hospitals use Databound Healthcare Solutions’ reCoverTM service to prevent administrative denials, and they use EMUETM to automate manual work. No headaches required.
  • Receive more reimbursements. reCover efficiently locates complete identification of third-party healthcare coverage for patients. Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC), a tribally owned, not-for-profit healthcare organization used reCover to obtain millions of dollars in additional revenue.

 

Automation can be used to not only enhance patient care in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities but to also eliminate the headaches and frustration experienced by hospital staff. In turn, IHS facilities can improve their bottom line, while also improving the care they provide.

Databound Healthcare Solutions automates and streamlines hospital revenue management tasks and business processes to give our customers more efficient operations and increased revenue. Visit our website to learn more.

About the Author
Mike Burhans, MBA, CRCR - Relationship Manager Mike Burhans, MBA, CRCR - Relationship Manager

I’m the Relationship Manager with Databound Healthcare Solutions. In my role, I help people identify the technologies they can use to solve complex business issues or rise to new challenges and help them get the most from those solutions. I understand that working in the healthcare revenue cycle is challenging and the cost of failure is high. As such, I enjoy providing tools and guidance that makes success easier to achieve. Over the past three years, I’ve helped a handful of facilities implement insurance discovery and watched their reimbursement revenue grow by over $25,000,000 as a result.