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By Truven Staff

Looking for ways to improve the bottom line? Consider your revenue cycle.

An efficient revenue cycle has always been an important factor in the success of a healthcare organization. But in today’s complex and dynamic industry, where value-based reimbursement models are becoming the norm, streamlining the flow of money from payers to providers may be more important than ever.

That streamlining is just what Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) accomplished. Faced with looming financial challenges, leaders at this Tennessee health system sought a way to reduce expenses, and withstand financial pitfalls for the long term.

By implementing a Lean revenue cycle management (RCM) process, MSHA:

How did do they do it?

MHSA leaders did it through improved communication, transparency and consistency among departments, and the adoption of Lean tools for continuous process improvement.

Since RCM affects every patient in every department, MSHA had to tear down the walls separating the front end (scheduling, registration, financial counseling), the middle (medical records, coding, billing) and the back end (claim drop, liability, accounts receivable).

Daily huddles brought staff members together to discuss key metrics and share information. Progress was tracked on daily improvement boards that were visible to anyone. And Rapid Improvement Events helped staff members get a handle on the interconnectedness of their work, which in turn helped them identify redundancies, reduce variation and waste, and create standards of work.

And the results speak for themselves.

If you’d like more information on how the health system achieved this remarkable result, please reach out to us via our value-based care resource page.

 

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