CDM Maintenance

New Insider Tips for Chargemaster Software Selection

This blog post includes common challenges as well as the best five 'Insider Tips’ for a more proactive approach when selecting a new CDM tool.

Price Transparency “Round 2”– CMS Seeks Input

Price Transparency “Round 2”– CMS Seeks Input The CMS “Pricing Transparency” may be taking a more significant turn based on a proposed rule from March 4, 2019. The topic of hospital prices has now been intertwined with potentially expanding rules on “information blocking”. This article shares a section of the language from a March 4th […]

Department CDM Update Internal Evaluation

This evaluation helps you assess where your facility is in the annual CDM Update process. Department CDM Update Internal Evaluation (Send to all Department Representatives involved in your annual CDM update process) Points           Quality/Frequency (as applicable) 1                    Bad 2                    Poor 3                    Fair 4                    Good 5                    Excellent 0 Not applicable Evaluation Questions ____       1. Orientation […]

Annual CDM Update Tasks Your Team Can Easily Miss

On January 1st, hospital and other healthcare provider claims annually fall under new coding and payment rules. We’ve compiled a checklist of several key tasks to help ensure complete implementation of the annual 1st quarter's CDM updates, and readiness for the other important, yet smaller quarterly updates.

What Your Shopping Public Needs to Know

The Chargemaster: What your Shopping Public Needs to Know Will the 2019 CMS chargemaster pricing transparency requirements confuse patients? …Most likely…  Hospitals will likely vary in the details and scope of their patient communications relative to pricing transparency and Charge Master publication. We have provided ideas for how to communicate with your shopping public to […]

CDM Transparency – More Speculation & More Confusion

CDM Transparency – More speculation & More confusion (CDM Transparency Series) Late in the year, we find ourselves working with limited details and much industry concern about the CMS Charge Master publication requirements. Here at H&A, we’ve been collaborating with colleagues and clients alike to hear what hospitals are planning to meet the CDM Transparency […]

CMS’ FAQs for Price Transparency

This post section includes Medicare’s original FAQ document on Price Transparency. (Further CMS FAQs are in the section that follows.) Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Requirements for Hospitals To Make Public a List of Their Standard Charges via the Internet Q. What format is a hospital required to use to make public a list of their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]