Healthcare Financial Management
To quote Jonathan Clark at the beginning of his article, "Improving the revenue cycle can be a daunting task due to the scope and complexity of the interdepartmental process." Of the suggestions offered by the authors, which concept(s) give you the greatest insight into creating an improved Revenue Cycle process in the organization where you work (or one in which you are familiar)? Be sure to identify which article or author you are referencing.
In his comprehensive advisory article to improve the medical industry's revenue capturing capabilities, entitled Strengthening the Revenue Cycle: A 4-Step Method for Optimizing Payment, Jonathan Clark provides a series of sensible solutions to the ongoing dilemma of payment optimization. David Hammer also provides guidance to healthcare finance professional in his article The Next Generation of Revenue Cycle Management, by reminding them that the key performance indicators (KPIs) which dictated policy in previous years have been fundamentally altered by the shifting healthcare landscape. One component of Clark's four-pronged approach to optimizing revenue within large hospitals that appealed directly to my own experience working within the medical industry was his directive to Enhance Workflow Processes. After witnessing firsthand the ineffective and wasteful deployment of resources that many large healthcare providers engage in, I agree his contention that "implementing efficient processes throughout each department also is critical to achieving optimal payment" (Clark 2008). The benefit of streamlining a healthcare financial manager's Revenue Cycle is confirmed by Hammer, who concludes that "an increased emphasis on upstream and midstream functions of scheduling, patient access (especially preregistration), insurance verification and authorization, financial counseling, point-of-service collections, and health information management" is key to maximizing revenue streams (2007).
2.) In negotiating a health plan contract, why is it important...
Contractual agreements on the precise limits of a clean claim prevent payers from unscrupulously exploiting ambiguous legal language to avoid fulfilling honest health insurance claims or other genuine requests for financial support.
3.) Consumer-driven health plans often rely on large deductibles often funded via a health savings account framework. How might the presence of a large deductible affect price elasticity for health services?
While traditional health insurance coverage typically distributes payments to hospitals, medical centers and pharmacies to compensate them for providing insured patients with certain health services, the increased deductibles inherent to consumer-driven plans force much of the initial cost onto the patient. The increased financial burden inflicted patients by these large deductibles inevitably motivates many people to avoid seeking healthcare services unless in case of emergency, or to shift their personal policy to the provider with the lowest cost. The increased price of healthcare services under the higher deductibles of consumer-driven plans drastically reduces demand, illustrating that medical services are largely price elastic.
6). Drawing from any of the articles and other material presented in this document consider the following question: Which of these…
, 2005). In addition, the workload on clinicians is often increased past the point of reasonable because it is too intrusive and time consuming to document patient encounters during clinic time (Grabenbauer, Skinner, and Windle, 2011). The amount of information that can accumulate in a patient's record from multiple sources can be daunting and lead to information overload. CDS alerts can be so common that clinicians begin to ignore them.
As Geisel (2004) notes: Income-tax deductions are worth the most to high-bracket taxpayers, who need little incentive to save, whereas the lowest-paid third of workers, whose tax burden consists primarily of the Social Security payroll tax (and who have no income-tax liability), receive no subsidy at all. Federal tax subsidies for retirement saving exceed $120 billion a year, but two thirds of that money benefits the most affluent 20% of