Published By: Caradigm
Published Date: Feb 16, 2015
Many organizations joined the ACO program with the idea of using it as the first step in the transition to new reimbursement models. It’s a critical time for more ACOs to achieve the milestone of shared savings in order to demonstrate the ability to lower costs for an “at-risk” population. As best practices are emerging from early participants in the ACO program, ACOs have the opportunity to evolve their strategies in order to achieve more success.
Healthcare organizations are facing uncertain times, which are putting enormous strains on their revenue cycle management (RCM). Automation is proven to improve RCM measures, and even small improvements can significantly impact the bottom line. This whitepaper details how providers can embrace automation to help drive financial performance.
Children’s Mercy is not only one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers, they have a strategy that improves organizational profitability in the face of constant change – all while delivering world-class care for their patients. Children’s Mercy accomplished what many have tried: integrating hospital and ambulatory revenue cycle activities with complete integration of all processes on a single IT platform.
Sharp is leading the way in the shift to shared risk. In this journey, they manage to the right financial metrics while still delivering appropriate care to their patient population. Watch the video to learn how GE Healthcare is helping Sharp make a difference.
The shift to value-based reimbursement (VBR) entails more financial risk for providers. Successful management of the transition to VBR can only be achieved when healthcare organizations are clinically and financially integrated to ensure tight care coordination and efficient resource utilization. That level of integration requires the aid of a robust IT infrastructure to support the enterprise. This whitepaper offers the opportunity to learn about new tools for healthcare providers to manage financial challenges associated with value-based reimbursement
This paper will explore some of the market dynamics driving the financial volatility in healthcare and will explore how advanced analytics, with the right IT backbone and organizational competencies, can help organizations successfully identify ways to manage revenue cycle profitability.
Like healthcare organizations elsewhere, reducing readmissions had become a top priority by 2011. Advocate, the state’s largest healthcare provider, had just signed its first shared savings agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to become one of the first commercial accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the country. This event, along with others such as signing up as a Medicare Shared Savings Provider, led to re-evaluating the care continuum throughout Advocate Health’s 250 sites of care, including 13 acute-care hospitals, two children’s hospitals and a growing home healthcare division.
Typically, Shared Services Center (SSCs) automation initiatives have been undertaken to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
These goals are achieved relatively easily within the first few years, most immediately through reduced labor costs and centralized activities.
In fact, standardization and centralization deliver up to 50% savings. During subsequent phases, technology automation and outsourcing cut costs further. But, if cost reduction is the only clearly defined goal, organizations will reach a point of diminishing returns.