Info System Vendors Offer Cost-Accounting Capabilities

The following is an abbreviated list of companies offering products that help day-surgery managers monitor costs within the surgery program:

1. Health Information Systems, Temple SurgiCenter Systems, 2 North Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Telephone: (800) 562-7069, ext. 503 or (203) 949-6290, ext. 503. Fax: (203) 949-6299. Web site: www.healthis.com. Health Information Systems offers AdvantX, a Windows-based product that offers integrated systems to handle registration, case costing, medical records, billing, accounts receivable, inventory, quality assurance, and preference cards. Prices vary according to facility and system needs, but a typical five-workstation system ranges from $23,000 to $26,000.

2. Camberly Systems, 175 Highland Ave., Fourth Floor, Needham, MA 02194-3034. Telephone: (800) 886-4325 or (781) 444-1424. Fax: (781) 444-2805. Web site: www.camberley.com. Camberly Systems offers SurgeOn, a Windows-based product that includes case costing, materials management, scheduling, registration, billing, accounts receivable, and staff accreditation. The basic system costs approximately $25,000.

3. McKessonHBOC, 210 Old Farm Road, Amherst, MA 01002. Telephone: (413) 259-2428. Fax: (413) 259-2600. E-mail: trish. crescitelli@hboc.com. McKessonHBOC produces Pathways Decision Support, a software package that provides financial and clinical management tools. Cost accounting, budget analysis, contract modeling, resource utilization, and risk assessment are included in the software package. Prices vary according to each facility’s needs.

4. Surgicenter Information Systems, 71 Bradley Ave., Suite 11, Madison, CT 06443. Telephone: (800) 219-7642, ext. 1 or (925) 299-4800. Fax: (203) 318-0095. E-mail: jfreund1@sissystems.com. Web site: www. sissystems.com. Procedural Costing Analysis of surgical cases is integrated within the SurgiCenter Information Systems’ surgery management system and is also offered as a stand-alone product. Labor, supplies, equipment depreciation, and overhead costs are taken into account to produce reports that break down costs by procedure.