Revenue Roundtable

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Bedside Procedures Charges – A lot of education and planning is involved when/ if a facility decides to capture bedside procedures, particularly when no additional net reimbursement is gained. Then why do it? New Code Updates for July 2017- Learn about the new laboratory, blood bank, surgery, clinic and pharmacy codes that must be implemented in July 2017. Is the chargemaster ready and staff prepared? Read more

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Booming Demand: How Urgent Care Centers are Impacting Hospital Operations

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The construction and use of urgent care centers in the health care industry has steadily increased over recent years. The growing popularity of urgent care centers presents an opportunity for hospitals to extend networks or expand partnerships in order to reach new clientele. Further, it offers an opportunity to enhance brand recognition in new and existing markets. According to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), urgent care dates back to the late 1970s and was created with the intention of meeting a community’s immediate health care needs. It was a slow but steady start for urgent care in the beginning, but the concept of seeing a physician without an appointment eventually began to gain popularity among patients. Over the past 20 years, the urgent care industry has continued to expand and earn the trust of those seeking a safe and affordable place to receive medical attention. Today, urgent care centers are physician-staffed and typically offer extended hours (evenings and weekends), providing quality care without the costs and wait times associated with the average emergency room (ER) visit. Urgent care centers are best suited for situations that require more immediate attention; often times, this serves to be more practical than seeing a primary care provider, who can be challenged with offering consumers the hours or immediacy an illness or accident can demand. Why the Increase in Popularity? There are various drivers behind the recent growth of urgent care. The UCAOA estimates that growth has been steady the last several years,…

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