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CDM Transparency – 1Q19 Update 

CDM Transparency – 1Q19 update   The CMS “Pricing Transparency” regulatory requirements kept hospitals and their trusted consulting partners busy over the past few months. This article shares information on the current state of the industry, hospital needs, best practices, benefits of chargemaster software, and expectations for the future.   Where we are Today In […]

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 […]

Succeed with Internal Pricing Analysis: Part 3. Avoid Pricing Analysis Pitfalls

    Succeed with Internal Pricing Analysis: Part 3. Avoid Pricing Analysis Pitfalls   In Part 1 of our “Succeed with Internal Pricing Analysis” series, we outlined strategic planning tips to help your in-house pricing project run smoothly. Part 2 provided examples of analytical options. This is our final article of this series and addresses […]

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 […]

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 […]