CDM Maintenance

The Chargemaster: What your Shopping Public Needs to Know

The Chargemaster: What your Shopping Public Needs to Know Will the 2019 CMS requirements for publishing your Charge Master prices confuse patients? …Most likely…    In addition to complying with publication rules it’s important to consider the public relations aspects of publishing your prices. Despite how abstract the Charge Master and hospital pricing may be […]

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 CDM Update Performance

Evaluate Your Team’s 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 claims […]

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, […]

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 […]

5 Insider Tips for CDM Software Decisions

5 Insider Tips for CDM Software Decisions As compliance and revenue cycle teams become more sophisticated, they integrate CDM management products into their auditing, monitoring, collaboration, and problem solving. We interviewed seven CDM Coordinators for their recommendations on the software product selection process. This blog post includes common challenges as well as the best five ‘Insider Tips’ […]

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 […]

Hospital Prices in the News: 10 Tips

Hospital Prices in the News: 10 Tips Poor communication on pricing can undermine patient loyalty and community support. The recent Modern Healthcare article “Stricter Chargemaster Regulations Needed to Rein in Healthcare Pricing” may have already caused ripples in the boardroom. It’s important to know what the press is saying, and communicate proactively about your pricing […]