Your medical practice has never had it so good. The number of patients is increasing and you have enough left over after paying all your overhead expenses and bills. You even have enough left over to take that European holiday after paying off your mortgage and the household bills. Wow! You are doing well and your practice is earning money….or is it?
The basic goal of population health management is to manage the health of a defined population optimally by providing the right intervention(s) to the right people at the right time. Well-designed population health tools when implemented thoroughly, benefits the patient, makes workflow easier for the provider and keeps costs low for health systems and payers.
Revenue cycle management (RCM) refers to the financial process of keeping track of a patient’s expenses during their stay at the healthcare facility. The health care facility employs the use of advanced billing software to manage the entirety of the billing, right from the registration of a patient to the final payment, in an effective manner.
Revenue cycle management throws up tons of data for tracking. However, not everything requires regular tracking and measuring. While it is important to look at all the data derived from the system periodically, it is very important to track and measure some key metrics regularly. Measuring the key metrics against the industry standard is a good way to determine where your processes require improvement.