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Pressures to meet meaningful use requirements and cut costs are driving growth in revenue cycle services (RCS) throughout the country according to the recent KLAS report, “Revenue Cycle Services: Which Firms Deliver Big Returns?”
ICD-10 preparation and reduced reimbursements have also added to demand for outside revenue cycle help to improve cash collections, reduce A/R days, and deal with legacy claims, the report shows.
[See also: Top 5 provider mistakes in revenue cycle.]
“Providers are looking at every process in their revenue cycle,” said Mike Smith, vice president of professional services research at KLAS. “Many are turning to third-party firms for extra help with everything from temporary project-based work to continual assistance with ongoing A/R follow-up or even full outsourcing of their revenue cycle department.”
Benefits of outsourcing:
[See also: Intake critical point for revenue cycle.]
This report discusses three primary sources for addressing providers’ revenue cycle struggles:Engaging with extended business office services firms for self-pay, private and government insurance, workers’ compensation, legacy A/R, and financial clearance and counselingContracting with revenue cycle outsourcing firms for providers seeking full-scale outsourcingWorking with revenue cycle transformation firms for providers seeking leadership and direction in improving processes and reassessing
The following firms are included in this report: Accretive, Anthelio, Apollo Health Street, Cymetrix, Deloitte Consulting, Dell Services, FirstSource, Huron Consulting, MedAssets, PwC and Xerox. Parallon and Conifer are also discussed for RCO. Those leading the pack in extended business office include Deloitte Consulting, PwC (government insurance) and Cymetrix (private insurance, self-pay, service to patients). In revenue cycle transformation, Huron edges out PwC for the top score.