Becoming an accountable care organization (ACO) requires that your facility adopt a completely new point of view when it comes to revenue cycle management. The goal of an ACO is to reduce costs by improving the quality of care provided to patients. Providers are encouraged to and boost preventative efforts that may ultimately reduce the future need for high-cost medical services such as hospital stays. As a reward for the collaborative efforts of the ACO, participating insurers such as Medicare will generally offer financial rewards for lowering costs and meeting quality care goals for their patients. On the down side, this also means that ACO providers are accountable to Medicare and may risk losing money if their costs run higher than expected. Costs will no longer just affect overall profitability; for example, they will be evaluated in conjunction with efficiency to determine reimbursement parameters. Healthcare organizations need to be able to collect the correct financial and quality data, compile accurate reports and run predictive analytics in order to meet ACO objectives of better care at lower costs.
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In the face of today’s uncertain healthcare financial environment brought on by the effects of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA Public Law 111-5) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and the House and Senate’s versions of the Affordable Healthcare Act for America, how can your healthcare organization deal with the shortage of certified medical coders needed for billing and audit functions?