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CDM Transparency – More speculation & More confusion

CDM Transparency – More speculation & More confusion (Another blog in the H&A “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. […]

Q&A from CMS Leaves Hospital Questions Unanswered

H&A CDM Transparency Series CMS has provided more clarification on the hospital charge transparency mandate effective 1/1/19. Since the release of our 9/4/18 article, we have presented to an HFMA chapter meeting, and participated in numerous calls with customers and business colleagues  to hear what others are planning. State Hospital Association representatives have requested CMS […]

IPPS CDM Public Access Announcement Causing Confusion & Concerns: Tips for Hospital Action Plans

In this H&A CDM Transparency Series we focus on IPPS CDM Public Access Regulations focusing on tips for hospital action plans. In this post, we have included unknowns and questions in”What Hospitals are Asking”, our forecasts of”What to Expect”, and our thoughts on”What You Can Do”. What hospitals are asking The relatively-vague CMS publication requirements […]

IPPS CDM Public Access Announcement Causing Confusion & Concerns: Part 1 New Medicare Rules

With minimal guidance in the IPPS Final Rule, hospital teams are wondering how they should address expanded Charge Master publication requirements coming in January. Many have concerns about anti-competitive and public relations impacts. Others are more focused on the operational processes that need to be done during the busy fourth quarter. In this H&A CDM […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Steps for Failsafe Charge Data Management

10 Steps for Failsafe Charge Data Management Busy Revenue Cycle Teams often overlook the basic steps of charge data management. This blog post includes ten proven steps that are pivotal to keeping charge data management a key operational priority. #1 Define Charge-Oriented Data Flow & Processes Charge data and Charge Master management processes are complex […]

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 […]