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Stephen O'Connor

By: Stephen O'Connor on October 6th, 2015

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How RCM Services Reduce Administrative Burdens

Medical Billing / RCM

RCM ServicesIncreasing profitability and eliminating unnecessary administrative burdens enables medical providers to focus on patient services and care delivery. Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) services allow practice administrators to nurture financial performance while medical staff nurtures healing and disease management.

To gain maximum benefits from RCM, administrators must explore the cycle with a critical eye, focusing on key domains that drain resources such as coding and compliance, privacy and security and best practices.

Coding & Compliance Review Benefits

Coding and compliance regulations continue to present unique challenges for practice administrators. Failure to code and bill accurately may lead to fraud and abuse accusations, triggering investigations that divert staff and financial resources toward responding to those charges. Under-billing, or improper billing, for professional and technical services could mean lost revenue for your practice. Inaccurate and incompletely documentation often means declining profits and increasing scrutiny from oversight agencies.

RCM services reduce administrative burdens associated with coding and compliance by allowing your health information management team to compare documentation with accounting records to spot recurrent issues, thereby reducing risks and financial exposure.

Best Practices & RCM Services

Every unclaimed dollar during the medical billing process will ultimately cost your practice significantly more in the end-to-end cycle. Today it is more critical than ever to utilize HIM professionals to ensure denials management, business office inquiries and write-off preparation processes follow best practices. Administrative burdens are reduced when HIM directors include the RCM team to proactively address documentation deficiencies and workflow challenges throughout the organization.

Enhanced documentation processes not only accurately reflect the care delivered, but also allow secondary diagnoses capture, decrease coding backlogs and lower outsourced coding expenses.

Workflow Patterns & Processes

A thorough review of the workflow processes within all practice departments may reveal simple changes, such as relocating the surgical supplies in a dermatology clinic, can help eliminate unnecessary steps that waste payroll dollars and delay care delivery. Assuming your practice could save just 5 minutes per hour by relocating clinical surgical supplies, based on a forty-hour work week, you would free up more than 173 hours per year to be spent on other vital duties.

Positive Financial Benefits of RCM Services

While the scope of RCM services extends far beyond simply billing and coding, enabling accurate, fast billing improves revenue potential. Costs of hiring and training in-house coders typically increases, however the number of days to drop a bill declines and both pending and denied claims percentages fall significantly when administrators identify the processes and contributing factors that bog down the system.Research also suggests that salaries, including benefits, for on-staff coders goes down and fewer dollars per claim are spent on outsourced RCM services.

Conclusion:

RCM services reduce administrative burdens by providing mechanisms to identify and define best practices and benchmark performance standards within the medical practice. Reviewing outcomes and contributing factors throughout the revenue cycle allows administrators to separate “best” practices from less than optimal processes and policy that inhibit maximum income potential.

Favorable Values and Key Take Away of Using RCM Services:

  • Streamlining workflow patterns
  • Increasing secondary diagnoses identification
  • Reducing days in A/R
  • Decreasing backlogs
  • Improving documentation
  • Enabling information and data organization
  • Informing key personnel of practice performance

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About Stephen O'Connor

As a Director of Digital Marketing at Advanced Data Systems Corporation, Stephen spends his day's planning, writing, & designing resources for the modern healthcare professional. He has a strong affinity for snow crab legs, the ocean, and Rutgers Football.