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Community Hospital Knowledge Hub

Learn how to remain independent and succeed as a Community, Rural and Critical Access Hospital in today's evolving healthcare landscape.

Take Charge of Hospital Financials

A community hospital cannot serve its community without a solid economic foundation: a clear understanding of – and control over – the hospital revenue cycle and hospital financials. But a hospital can’t control what it can’t see, so the first requirement is actionable data about the hospital revenue cycle and hospital financials. 

For this data to be useful, however, it must be complete and consistent, which means that the entire outpatient revenue cycle must be consolidated on a single system. This provides insight into revenue sources and performance that facilitates intelligent management and planning.

Community hospitals require a revenue cycle management system that:

  • Reduces reimbursement denials and days in accounts receivable 
  • Enables staff to relieve providers of activities such as scheduling, claims processing, medical billing, and invoicing to focus on better care
  • Tracks costs and outcomes by reconciling payments against services
  • Can process and allocate lump sum payments for risk-based contracts
  • Connects EHRs with financials to identify successful and problem performance areas for both patient care and reimbursement purposes
A better understanding of revenue cycle and clinical data enables community hospitals to negotiate better reimbursement rates, become preferred providers, and work on complex patient cases with larger hospitals and health systems.

Finally, as patient self-pay becomes a larger part of the revenue mix, community hospitals need to establish a clear self-pay strategy and make it easy for patients to meet their self-pay obligations on the spot or using a payment plan.

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