Linda Shanley, CIO at Saint Francis Hospital in Connecticut, knows a thing or two about starting up an ACO despite adversity. The hospital is launching an ACO with 24 different EMRs and a dozen different systems.
Rumors about an ICD-10 delay swirled through the halls -- while CMS unwrapped provider resources and some experts began discussing the real challenges come 2015 when the government and payers really know how to use the codes.
First, applications are due Oct 9. Second, qualified vendors will receive an invitation to partake. Third, not doing so does not exclude a vendor from future solicitations concerning this product selection. Yes, there plenty more to it than that.
Even software features that should be relatively straightforward are hard enough that doctors look for ways around them, according to a report AHRQ sponsored, which also spotted a new category of workaround.
Put a price tag on procrastination. Early communication can foster a healthy relationship with payers to create faster responses both before and during the claims process. Here are questions to help you start.