Hang up the phone: eviCore’s web process just got a whole lot easier


If you spend much time on our website you may have noticed a few recent upgrades to our online authorization request process. And these aren’t just minor upgrades either; they include some really cool features like Pause-and-Save and Document uploading. Multiple teams at eviCore healthcare have put in tons of hours to make these new features a reality and roll them out. Today we want to give you a little glimpse into their efforts. Read on to find out how Jennifer Mason and her team are handling this rollout. 

At eviCore, one of our top priorities is to make the prior authorization process as convenient and efficient as possible for providers. With that in mind, we conducted a time comparison study of web and phone initiated cases. Using random cases, we found that the average phone case takes roughly 12.5 minutes to complete vs. the average web case taking less than 1.5 minutes. An office could reclaim approximately 11 minutes of time per case by using the web!
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The Value of Coordinated Care – A Physician Practice Perspective

Chet Speed provides an insightful perspective on the value of coordinated care.  Much of the content in his presentation comes from thousands of conversations with CEOs and CMOs from top group practices in the country. He becomes the voice of these group practices, allowing him to accurately explain their thoughts on moving forward in the changing industry.  Speed also addresses ACOs, exploring their genesis and some of the challenges they face today.

eviCore healthcare Ice Bucket Challenge


The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the social media sphere by storm. Here at eviCore, we proudly support this awareness effort. ALS affects nearly 30,000 people living in the US with 5,600 new patients being diagnosed each year. With no known cause or trigger for the disease, we currently have no cure.

We hope that our efforts—along with the thousands of other people that have participated in this awareness challenge—will positively impact the lives of everyone affected by this devastating disease. It is truly empowering to witness the nation coming together for such a great cause.

Our mentors and mentees gathered together Friday afternoon to raise awareness. We challenge our executive team, leadership team and our CO, CA, and NY offices!

This week in healthcare – News from around the web

Cancer studies often downplay chemo side effects – In two-thirds of the 164 studies Tannock and his colleagues scrutinized, that meant not listing toxicities – in other words, serious side effects whether of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery – in the paper’s abstract.

U.S. could save $2 trillion on health costs – Compiled by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund, the study recommends holding the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system to an annual spending target by having Medicare, Medicaid, other government programs and private insurers encourage providers to accelerate adoption of more cost-effective care.

Pre-surgery MRI may harm breast cancer patients – Routinely using the technology once any woman is diagnosed with a tumor may lead to more radical surgery without any benefits, says a team of Australian and U.S. researchers.

This week in healthcare – News from around the web

Dramatically influence drug prices by positive action – Drug maker admitted their price point was too high. But rather than lower the price they chose to share the profits with the provider in return for market share. This means that patients still have to cover their $2200 a month copay and that Medicare still pays the full amount.

Out-of-Network Bills for In-Network Health Care – The robo-call from the physicians’ billing service had the intended effect: I panicked. It sounded like a collection agency. I almost paid what it asked. When there’s a difference between the charge and the insurance reimbursement, and a health care provider tries to collect the difference from the patient — that is balance billing. Critics call it a huge problem.

Asymptomatic Carotid Ultrasonography Jumps, and With it, More Endarterectomies and Stenting – Physician self-interest may be a factor in the shift toward use of carotid artery ultrasonography to identify patients for vascular interventions. Diagnostic radiologists and self-referring cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and interventional radiologists may have benefitted financially from the procedures.

Curbing hospital readmission rates
New Efforts to Close Hospitals’ Revolving Doors – Hospitals are dispatching nurses, transportation, culturally specific diet tips, free medications and even bathroom scales to patients deemed at risk of relapsing. Readmission rates have decreased, in some months by as much as half.

Hospitals Face Pressure to Avert Readmissions – With nearly one in five Medicare patients returning to the hospital within a month — about two million people a year — readmissions cost the government more than $17 billion annually.