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The Journey

Transforming the Patient-Provider Experience

Written, edited and curated by Loyale founder Dan Peterson, The Journey explores ideas and innovation to enrich the patient-provider relationship

5 New Rules that Could Change the Way You Deliver Healthcare

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:34:03 PM)

Whether or not one agrees that additional regulations are the best solution to the healthcare issues concerning Americans, it’s clear that more regulations are on their way. For industry innovators who lean in to these changes, we believe the prospects for longer-term success are promising, even groundbreaking. The challenge is finding the...

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Consumers are Online. Why Aren’t They Using Healthcare Provider Portals?

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 3:53:37 PM)

90% of Americans use the Internet, but only 25% use the patient portals offered by most hospitals. This digital disconnect impacts patient experiences and provider performance, but there is good news for providers who act to deliver rewarding online experiences.

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Surprise Medical Bills: The 6-Tools Providers Need to Prevent Them

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 3:55:44 PM)

Surprise medical bills have been a big problem for patients and consumers. The government is about to turn it into a problem for healthcare providers…now what?

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Healthcare’s Strategy for Patient Engagement & Patient Payments: If Hospitals Don’t Drive, Regulators Will

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 3:51:36 PM)

The trend of patient consumerism has gained a lot of steam in recent months, bolstered by administration policy proposals to force providers into more patient-friendly behavior. Successful providers must find the will to take the future into their own hands.

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HHS's New Rules on Interoperability and Patient Access: Health Records are Only the Beginning

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 10:50:13 AM)

Recently proposed new rules from two agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are welcome signs of the healthcare industry’s inevitable inclusion with the rest of the consumer-driven U.S. economy. HHS’s rules represent a start, but patients are expecting much more.

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Call it a Crusade: Why I Started Loyale Healthcare

by Dan Peterson, Chairman and Founder (Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 2:58:59 PM)

Improving the financial dimension of the patient experience wasn’t a lifelong goal for me, and I didn’t start as a result of one single event. In fact, it was something of an accident that I took my career in this direction. But after I found myself on this path, I realized it was a goal to which I would be proud to commit my life. Here’s how...

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Thriving in a Cost-Conscious Healthcare Marketplace

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Monday, Dec 10, 2018 1:21:34 PM)

The increase in patients’ individual financial responsibility poses a serious challenge to hospitals’ billing and collections practices, because institutional payers and individual patients behave in very different ways. Insurance companies and government payers require a lot of data in a structured, standardized process. Patients are much more...

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Mastering the Art of Digital Patient Engagement

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 6:00:00 AM)

In the first two parts of this series, "Consumerism is the New Ball Game" and "Solving the Patient Pay Challenge" we’ve seen how rising out-of-pocket costs for patients negatively impacts both them and healthcare providers, and how offering payment options can boost patient experience and provider profitability. Along with payment options, many...

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4 Best Practices for Patient Responsibility Portfolio Management

by Dan Peterson, Chairman and Founder (Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:22:41 AM)

4 Best Practices for Patient Responsibility Portfolio Management 

A healthcare provider’s patient accounts receivable is like any financial asset: it has a face value on paper that may not reflect how much money it is actually worth. Regrettably, in many cases as little as 40 cents of every dollar is actually collected, with 52% written off and...

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Are Patients Now Customers Too?

by Dan Peterson, Chairman and Founder (Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 9:24:00 AM)
In 2015, nearly a quarter of employees with healthcare coverage had high deductible plans, up from just 4 percent in 2006. That means they’re paying for healthcare the way they pay for everything else … like a real customer. What does that mean for providers?
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