Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy: Technologies and Processes to Speed Payments

With a revenue cycle that is measured by claims denials, collaborative data mining by billing and IT can identify origins of financial “bleeding” and turn these problems into actionable items, explain Beacon Partner experts Kevin Burchill, director; Sean McDonagh, practice director; and Ben Tobin, management consultant. Patient-friendly IT can also improve the patient experience on the front end while obtaining data to improve collections on the back end. This is a practice frequently employed by more financially robust providers. The three experts also debate the merits of offering patient discounts for prompt payment and placing patient credit reports in providers’ hands.

Burchill, McDonagh and Tobin, along with Beacon senior consultant Greg Adams and principal Phil Villacci, provided practical strategies, techniques and tools to improve patient collections without alienating patients during Improving Patient Collections in an Unhealthy Economy: Technologies and Processes to Speed Payments.


Kevin Burchill, Sean McDonagh and Ben Tobin
Length: 13:50 minutes

Emergency Room Utilization: Developing a Team Approach to Address Overcrowding Factors That Increase Wait Time

Delaying of healthcare for economic reasons is causing volatility in hospital emergency room volumes that is expected to intensify. To handle staffing, equipment and treatment challenges posed by these census variations, hospital EDs must rethink processes and protocols. At Edward Hospital in Naperville, Il., a “culture of certification” that includes cash bonuses for certification and peer support during exam preparation helps to raise the caliber of the ER staff and maintain patient satisfaction levels. Cindy Rentsch, Edward Hospital’s clinical director of emergency services, describes the culture of certification that has raised the caliber of Edward’s ER staff, a marketing campaign to divert mental health patients from the ER and protocols for treatment of pediatric ER patients.

Rentsch will be joined by Joan Heater, director of nursing emergency services, Banner Gateway Medical Center and Kevin Roche, director of the management engineering program at Banner Health Corporation, during Emergency Room Utilization: Developing a Team Approach to Address Overcrowding Factors That Increase Wait Time, a January 14, 2009 webinar. The three presenters shared organizational strategies that improve throughput in the ER as well as increase efficiencies, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.


Length: 11:20 minutes