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The Value of Data: Using Analytics in Compliance

July 2017 – Mary Ellen McLaughlin, Manager

Over the last few years, we have seen many of our clients implement bigger and more sophisticated electronic medical record (EMR) systems. These newer systems provide more robust data analytics which can be overwhelming to understand and use. Unfortunately, using the system capabilities can take a lot of time and effort. There is now a plethora of information available to your organization, however, the big question is, what to do with it all? Read More

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: FFY 2018 Hospital Inpatient PPS Proposed Rule and Uncompensated Care

June 2017 – Becky Brugler, Manager

In this edition of IMA Insights, we will discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Rule. More specifically, we will highlight CMS’ “on-again, off-again” reliance on the Medicare Cost Report’s Worksheet S-10 Uncompensated Care data in the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Factor 3 calculation formula for uncompensated care payments; how CMS used the Hospitals’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990’s for validation of the Worksheet S-10 data; and why it’s so important for the hospitals’ tax, finance, and reimbursement teams to work together on their uncompensated care reporting for consistent results. Read More

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Development of a Comprehensive Transfer Center

May 2017 – Tina Williams, Managing Director

In this edition of IMA Insights, we will discuss the creation of a Comprehensive Transfer Center (CTC). A CTC is the hub to centrally manage all patient flow into and throughout a large health system to improve and streamline patient flow, expedite inter-facility transfers, external transfers from other medical facilities, admission through the Emergency Department, direct admissions from health system practitioners, postoperative patients as well as improved patient throughput within each facility in the Health Care System. Most large multi-hospital health systems are moving towards the development of Comprehensive Transfer Centers. Read More

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Emergent Need for Integration of Behavioral Health Crisis in ED’s

April 2017 – Tina Williams, Managing Director

In this edition of IMA Insights, we will discuss the emergent need for integration of behavioral health in emergency departments (ED). A report by the international actuarial firm Milliman, Inc. concluded that the costs incurred by patients with behavioral comorbidities were estimated to be $293 billion in 2012. Furthermore, a 2013 California Hospital Association Study found that behavioral health beds are estimated to be underserved by 50 in-patient beds per 100,000 of the population in the Southwestern United States. For Arizona alone, this equates to 1,025 beds for a population of 4.1 million. Read More

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AAHAM – Keystone Chapter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Antique Auto Museum, Hershey, PA
Terri Donohue, Director, is speaking on Denials.
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HFMA TX Gulf Coast Luncheon

Friday, November 17, 2017
Methodist Hospital, TX
Jim Collins, Director, and Mario Feher, Director will be speaking on Revenue Recovery.
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June, 2017

Tiffany Walls, National Director of Business Development, was a panelist at the Women’s Leadership Lunch in Atlanta, GA, hosted by the Georgia Chapter of HFMA.

June, 2017

Jim Collins, Director, and Mario Feher, Director, spoke at the HFMA SC Annual Institute in a session titled, “Revenue Recovery – Are You Capturing All You Can?”.

May, 2017

Stephanie Fischer, Manager, and Mary Ellen McLaughlin, Manager, spoke at the PHIMA Annual Conference in a session titled, “HIM’s Role in Data Driven Decision Making: A Collaboration with Revenue Cycle and Compliance.”

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June 26, 2017 – IMA Consulting honored by Philadelphia Business Journal

Firm named among Best Places to Work in 2017

May 20, 2017 – IMA Consulting Named One of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work

Firm recognized nationally as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

May 10, 2017 – IMA Consulting Engages Cradles to Crayons for Community Day

Consulting Firm Selects Local Back-to-School Campaign for Annual Community Day.

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