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So far Epic River has created 58 blog entries.

Removing the Cloak of Credit Invisibility

By | 2018-03-20T21:16:06+00:00 March 20th, 2018|News|

Many financial institutions are looking for competitive differentiation in order to obtain new, creditworthy consumers. The problem is that most of these creditworthy consumers already do business with a financial institution. Trying to convince consumers to switch from their current banks or credit unions can be a daunting task. It might seem that the only [...]

Patient Responsibility Increased 11% in 2017

By | 2018-03-07T05:50:26+00:00 March 7th, 2018|News|

A new study by TransUnion revealed patient payment responsibility increased 11% in 2017. Of all patient out-of-pocket costs per visit 39% were over $500. When you combine this new information together with the findings from the Federal Reserve Economic Report - 35% of adults would be unable to make all of their other bill payments [...]

Preparing for Price and Quality Transparency in Healthcare

By | 2018-02-27T15:46:08+00:00 February 27th, 2018|News|

Florida joined what has become a swift national trend towards transparency in both healthcare price and quality. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, “In the past decade, health care price transparency or disclosure has emerged as a hot topic in state legislatures, as a strategy for containing health costs. States, the federal government [...]

Thank you, but I’ll pass on that important medical procedure.

By | 2018-02-20T17:28:15+00:00 February 20th, 2018|News|

We have all had some visibility to the effects of the high-deductible health plans (HDHP); however, I'm not sure how many people predicted the behavior that many medical providers are seeing from their patients. In an article published in The New York Times, the study described numerous interviews with patients that indicated they had to make [...]

Collections Hurt Patient Credit, Even After Payment

By | 2018-02-13T16:08:37+00:00 February 13th, 2018|News|

It's no secret that use of high deductible healthcare is on the rise, the amount of each deductible is on the rise and most patients are not prepared to pay their deductibles.  Insurance companies want the patient to have some skin in the game when it comes to their cost of care.  So much so [...]

Why People with Insurance Still Skip or Delay Care

By | 2018-02-06T15:32:22+00:00 February 6th, 2018|News|

The Story Simply having insurance does not solve the challenge related to medical bills that many Americans face. It is unlikely that this statement is shocking or even surprising to most. What could be construed as shocking, however, is how far reaching the problem is and the drastic measures people go to in order to [...]

The Case for Patient Account Financing in Three Charts

By | 2018-01-30T16:50:04+00:00 January 30th, 2018|News|

This McKinsey study did a fantastic job of explaining what we have seen in the patient account financing industry for the last five years. Most patients want to pay and are able to pay... ...but don't feel like there are any viable financing options... Patient Account Payment Challenges they move their medical bills [...]

52% of all debt on credit reports is from medical expenses

By | 2018-01-23T23:20:26+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|News|

Half of all debt on consumer credit reports is due to medical debt. Medical debt, more often than not, comes from an unexpected event or illness. Let's walk through an extreme, but not unlikely, example. One day a person has a decent job, health insurance, and a savings account. They make all their credit payments on time and have [...]

Epic River Patient Lending Answers athenahealth’s Call

By | 2018-01-18T17:13:34+00:00 January 18th, 2018|News|

athenahealth’s More Disruption Please (MDP) Network has the stated goal of “disrupting the status quo in healthcare” through partnerships in their Marketplace.  athenahealth’s MDP process ensures seamless integration and implementation with each customer. Epic River Patient Lending began discussions w/the MDP team in 2017 and a few short months later went live in the Marketplace. [...]

Self Pay Now the Third Largest Payer

By | 2018-01-16T16:56:37+00:00 January 16th, 2018|News|

Consumers spent $824 billion for healthcare services in 2014, and out-of-pocket expenses are projected to rise more than $400 billion by 2016. According to the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM), self pay has become the third largest payer to medical providers, only behind Medicare and Medicaid. On average, it costs the medical provider twice as [...]