I have 4 blogs of my own and one I manage for my accountant. I’ve been blogging for a lot of years, and I have a fair bit of knowledge on how to work almost every part of the inner workings of them.

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Until last week, there had only been one drastic change to my blogging platform in 16 years. That came a couple of years ago when WordPress, the software most used throughout the world for blogging, changed the process for creating and editing articles. Almost no one saw it coming, and for the longest while a lot of people stopped blogging; some left it for good. I couldn’t figure it out, but I found a plugin that reversed the process back to what the rest of us were used to. I don’t know if this is a forever thing, but I’m happy for the time being.
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My first article of the year is on the topic of health care revenue cycle and what consultants work on regarding those areas. In the past I touched upon 4 specific areas of revenue cycle and areas concerning revenue cycle. It might help some of you to go back and review those articles before reading the rest of this post. There are others of course, but these work best with this article.

Let’s look at some of the biggest concerns that revenue cycle consultants run into when working with these areas. These aren’t necessarily the biggest issues hospitals are having at the time they reach out to consultants, but the biggest issues consultants find and try to work with their clients on.
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Today would have been Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday; we’re all probably lucky not to see that, but his music lives on forever. I wrote about Beethoven on his 245th birthday, and to this day it’s still a popular article; I find that intriguing.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven was the first musician to realize his power and authority. While other musicians and composers worked for the rich and powerful, mainly lords and such, Beethoven was totally independent. He knew his music was great and that people clamored for it, and he made a lot of money doing it his way. It wasn’t always as honest as we’d like it to have been (he sold the same works to multiple publishers lol), but he set the original standards that got modified over time.
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Some years ago I was at a health care conference in New Orleans. During one of the free periods where we could mingle with each other and look at what the vendors had to offer, I saw the organization’s outgoing president standing by herself for a moment and went over to talk to her.

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I told her that out of the almost 14 years at the time, that I’d been going to things like this, along with board meetings (I’d been a local chapter president most of those years) that she and one other president were the only people who ever made me feel like I was a regular person and deserved to be treated well. Not that anyone ever treated me badly per se, but no one ever really talked to me at all, which always gave me the impression that they thought they were better than me, or that I wasn’t really worth their time.
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I follow a lot of blogs, and I take a look at many others. One of the topics I cover on this blog, often obviously, is leadership. I’m big on leadership; without good leaders, everything goes to pot.

I check in on leadership blogs here and there, as well as read about leadership topics that pop up on other websites. The problem I see way too often if that there’s three things lacking. It could just be me, but I see:

1. No personality

2. No passion

3. No stories.
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