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End-to-End Revenue Cycle Management

Tips for Leveling Up Your Revenue Cycle

Having trouble keeping up with claims? A/R days quickly adding up? Overwhelmed by denials? There are solutions for theseWe know back-end functions of a business office are complex, so we're here to share a few tips to make it more manageable. 

Claims Submissions and Edit Resolution: 

  • Submit claims daily – Submitting new claims every day helps you avoid timely filing denials. 
  • Work edits within 24 hours – Put a process in place to identify coding or charge entry mistakes before claims are sent to decrease avoidable denials. 
  • Maintain best practice training – Dedicate time to train staff so they are familiar with the claims process and edits. Knowledgeable staff can find mistakes and correct them before claims are submitted. 

Payment Posting: 

  • Automate as much as possible – Automation minimizes errors, leading to accurate payment posting and overall profitability. 
  • Identify individual line denials – When posting adjustments and denials, make sure to note individual line details to make follow-up more efficient. 
  • Be mindful of secondary and tertiary payers – Double check there are no errors with the primary payment which could lead to secondary and tertiary payers getting claims filed with mistakes. 

Credit Balances and Refund Processing: 

  • Implement a proactive strategy – Work credits and issue refunds regularly to prevent them from accumulating. Refunds should be issued within 60 days to prevent patient confusion and hassle. 
  • Consider system automation to apply patient credits to other services – Automatically applying credit balances to other services where appropriate cuts down on staff time needed to identify credit balances. 

Denial Resolution and Underpayment Analysis: 

  • Organize claims by denial type – Separate claims into preventable denials and those that need to be managed upon occurrence. 
  • Understand patterns – Determine if there is missing or inaccurate information leading to denials. 
  • Leverage technology – Load fee schedules to automatically identify any variance by payers. 

Customer Service and Patient Pay: 

  • Create a patient pay process and schedule – Establish productive contact points to meet your patients’ unique needs. Use data to determine which patients can pay without multiple contact points to save time and resources. 
  • Set consistent expectations and benchmarks for patient-facing staff – Training your patient representatives is the first step in a positive patient experience. Be transparent about goals and regularly check in to make sure your staff feels supported. 

So there you have it – a checklist with tactics for improving your revenue cycle performance. Some tactics you can take action on today; others can be entrusted to a revenue cycle partner. Interested in outsourcing some or all of your revenue cycle operations? We can help.

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