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Charge Master “Spring Cleaning” Tips

Charge Master “Spring Cleaning” Tips Now that the 1st quarter of 2018 is behind us, it’s time to revisit your organization’s Charge Management priorities. Here are seven easy “Spring Cleaning” tips that result in dramatic, strategic improvements. I.   Identify Charge Management Priority Issues All Charge Master Teams tell us they face a constant barrage of […]

Charge Master Implant Issues: Revisiting Definitions

Charge Master Implant Issues: Revisiting Definitions In 2014 we summarized various definitions of implants and the challenges for data accuracy within the Charge Master file. As time has passed, we have found that this topic continues to be challenging for hospital Revenue Cycle and Charge Master Teams. This is an updated article from our July […]

Evaluate Your Team’s 2018 CDM Update Performance

Evaluate Your Team’s 2018 CDM Update Performance On January 1st, hospital and other healthcare provider claims fell under new coding and payment rules. The changes span multiple types of medical services, payment systems, coding rules and claims reporting requirements. Proactive providers understand the importance of addressing all applicable updates. However, many health systems face increasing […]

Annual Update Processes: Build a Work Plan that Really Works

Annual Update Processes: Build a Work Plan that Really Works This is another article in our Annual Update Process series, designed to help with your health system’s Charge Master and other masterfile update plans for year-end. Proactive teams have already begun 2018 update planning. They have used our earlier articles for tips on planning, staffing, […]

Annual Update Processes: The Charge Master & Beyond – Part 1

Annual Update Processes: The Charge Master and Beyond – First Steps (Part 1) It’s ‘that time of year’ – Time to review coding, payment system, and annual regulatory update rules that will be effective January 1, 2018. Here’s part 1 of a two-part excerpt from our 2018 CDM Update Educational Program to help with your […]

CDM Management Strategies: Improving Charge Descriptions

CDM Management Strategies: Improving Charge Descriptions Part 1 – Charge Description Risks, Influences, & Improvement Strategies Does your hospital have a clear and definitive policy for charge descriptions? Hospitals and health systems are often challenged by how they should address billing descriptions. Updates are often low priority despite their importance. Let’s talk about the challenges […]

First Steps for 2018 Charge Master Update Success

First Steps for 2018 Charge Master Update Success Seasoned Charge Master owners realize the busy “Annual CDM Update” season is just around the corner. Everyone experienced in this effort will tell you that a staged, well-planned process ensures a successful January 1st conversion. Now is the time to establish your CDM update plan to prepare […]

Annual CDM Update Mistakes You Can Avoid

Fear of Failing: Annual CDM Update Mistakes You Can Avoid She’d been on the job just two short weeks. Hired at the most prestigious health system in the region, and already on the brink of a major Revenue Cycle catastrophe. Claims were clearly going to error for every patient account that had charges needing January […]

Feeling Targeted by Audits?

Feeling Targeted by Audits? Here’s one that can actually help… Many CDM Teams are unaware of the scope and implications of CERT audits. Mary Madsen, Senior Manager of Holliday & Associates has summarized the background and potential impact of the CERT program for our customers within this blog post. Read on to learn how CERT […]

Charge Management Assessment

Charge Management Assessment Periodic assessments help health systems evaluate their charge and CDM Management processes, and refine their organizations’ unique priorities. The assessment that follows can be performed prior to and periodically following process improvement work to quantify charge management success. Charge Management teams can apply common risk management concepts for assessing their organizational charge […]