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Maintaining Revenue Cycle Health During IT Change

Implementing an electronic health record at one of Presence Health's hospitals was accomplished in stages designed to ensure minimal disruption to the revenue cycle.  

By Patrick McDermott, Jess Jones, Larry Stuckey

Web Extra: The revenue cycle workflow and reporting tool shows risk areas that the organization needs to address.

Web Extra: The organization's patient liability collections process has a specific purpose and provides clear, measurable goals.


Features

Sharp HealthCare: A Smarter Plan to Help the Uninsured

Sharp HealthCare increased self-pay revenue substantially by helping patients determine their eligibility for coverage under government and other programs charged with covering the uninsured. 

By Gerilynn Sevenikar, Ankeny Minoux

 

Bridging the Gap Between Financial Reporting and the Revenue Cycle

Standardized data, tools, and metrics can improve the dialogue between the revenue cycle and finance functionsthese important groups, while streamlining and enhancing the net revenue reporting and budgeting processes.

By Kari Clark and Derek Bang

 

Leveraging Existing Technology to Boost Revenue Cycle Performance

Revenue cycle leaders can often reduce the frequency or level of technology investment needed by using existing technology more efficiently and maintaining strong levels of service and payment accuracy.

By Karen Wagner

 

Strategies for ICD-10 Implementation

Staying the course for ICD-10 preparations is critical for hospitals and health systems.

By Ann Zeisset, Sue Bowman

 

Web Extra: Learn more about the general equivalence mappings, and why they were developed.   

 

The Clinical Documentation Advantage: Protecting the Revenue Cycle Under ICD-10

The best strategy for providers to build a solid foundation for effective ICD-10 coding, and thereby protect the revenue cycle, is to establish a clinical documentation improvement program. 

By Catherine Leenheer

 

Achieving Revenue Integrity in Hospitals and Health Systems

The Bellevue Hospital launched an initiative to improve days in accounts receivable, reduce denials, and improve charge capture-and enhanced revenue by more than $1 million. 

By Marianne Schoen, Michael Najera

 

Choosing the Right Strategy for Point-of-Service Collections

There are several key considerations for choosing point-of-service collections technology.

By Jim Bohnsack, Scott Hawig

 

Long-Term Incentive Pay Plans: A Value Option for Healthcare Organizations

Long-term incentive pay plans for key leaders can help advance important strategic goals at not-for-profit hospitals and health systems. 

By William Quirk


Focus Areas

Integration

Shared Governance: One Way to Engage Employed Physicians

To work better with employed physicians, finance leaders need to understand what motivates physicians and implement best practices that have helped other organizations succeed in this area. 

By Kathleen Sanford

 

Physicians Relations

Think Big, Act Small

Successful health systems are built from the bottom up, around the smallest unit of service-the patient visit.

By Marc Halley


Columns

From the Chair

Implementing Innovative Payer and Provider Models

Many healthcare providers have begun to form partnerships to position themselves for success in the new era of reform.

By Ralph Lawson, FHFMA, CPA

 

From the President

Deciding Whether to Take the Plunge

As the transition to a value-based payment and care delivery system accelerates, more providers will consider taking the plunge into population health management. 

By Joseph Fifer, FHFMA, CPA

 

From the Editor

A New Beginning  

Implementing an EHR may carry the same bright promise as a new school year, but it is far from a new beginning.  

By Robert Fromberg, Editor-in-Chief

 

Eye on Washington

Uncertainty Dominates the Near-Term Environment

As the dust is settles on the Supreme Court decision on whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, providers need to recognize how much uncertainty remains in the future and plan accordingly.  

By Gail Wilensky

 

Healthcare Value

Risky Business

Increased exposure to risk will be a reality for most hospitals and health systems in the transition to value, but there are strategies they can employ to manage their exposure to risk.

By James Landman

 

Capital Finance

Investment Returns: On a Treadmill in 2011

A nationwide study of healthcare organizations shows flat returns as well as some important shifts in asset allocation for investable assets and defined benefit plans. 

By William Jarvis

 

5 Ways To...

5 Ways to Teach Physicians About Financial Management

Learn strategies for helping physicians understand what is driving the bottom line.  

By Karen Wagner

 

Data Trends

The Dollar Trends of Hospital Revenue Cycle Management

 

Etcetera

Member Spotlight: Following a Call to Serve

Bookshelf: Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs

 

Executive Interview

Anthony DeFurio: Achieving Growth Through Partnerships