97% of America’s healthcare organizations have experienced some disruption due to COVID-19.
As states re-open, healthcare organizations continue to navigate healthcare revenue cycle management. Some organizations are managing more effectively than others.
COVID-19 has introduced billing and coding challenges, patient financial responsibility issues, and other problems for healthcare organizations.
Today, we’re explaining strategies firms are using to manage revenue cycles during the COVID-19 pandemic – including how your organization can stay ahead.
Medical Coding Challenges
Many organizations have faced billing and coding challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To navigate the pandemic, your organization needs to know what is covered by health plans for both inpatient and outpatient care.
Rules are changing constantly. That means staff require frequent training and regular updates to avoid billing and coding problems.
Many outpatient facilities are scheduling telehealth appointments, for example. Some insurance companies treat telehealth appointments the same way as in-person appointments. Others treat them differently. Check if the insurance company pays the same full rate for telehealth appointments. Check if the insurer needs further documentation or approvals.
Many healthcare organizations have shifted their billing office to work remotely. With some preparation, organizations can handle billing responsibilities from home.
To setup remote billing, an organization may need to give employees remote access. Employees may need to access certain systems and equipment to remain productive.
Employees also need to adhere to regulations – including privacy and data security. Working from home introduces new challenges with HIPAA, and your organization needs to address these challenges before compliance issues occur.
Business Continuity Issues
COVID-19 has made some healthcare organizations starkly aware of business continuity issues. Some organizations have strong emergency preparedness plans. Others do not.
Every healthcare organization has some type of emergency plan – but few healthcare organizations were prepared for a multi-month pandemic-related shutdown.
You may think it’s too late to address emergency preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic. However, nobody knows what happens next: a second wave later this year could be worse than the first wave. There’s no such thing as too much preparation.
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