Regular meetings focus on ways to improve processes
July 7, 2016
At Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, the revenue cycle team is a strong partner of case management, reports Beth A. Greig, RN, MSN, MBA, ACM, director of case management, healthcare value, and efficiency at the 617-bed hospital.
The Work Plan of the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services lists projects to be addressed during the fiscal year. The plan includes projects planned in each of the Department’s major entities, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, SC, will pay $72.4 million to settle a $237 million judgment following the Department of Justice allegations that it illegally billed the Medicare program for services referred by physicians with whom the hospital had improper financial relationships.
Hospital volunteer programs have expanded significantly since the candy striper days. Today’s volunteers might be leading a band composed of mentally ill veterans, holding a dog walk to raise money, helping grieving teens cope with their emotions, or providing free counseling on the Medicare system.