Patient access department employees have been receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. To avoid staffing shortfalls, leaders have been staggering shifts in case anyone who has received the vaccine experiences side effects that would keep them out of work.
Just as hospitals are becoming more transparent about costs and the quality of clinical care, the same is true for revenue cycle staff performance evaluations. Staff can check on how many registrations they have completed and the accuracy of each. They also can see how the overall department is performing — speed of calls, wait time duration, and how many calls are going to voicemail.
Claims denials have increased by 11% nationally since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis. Almost half of claims denials are caused by front-end revenue cycle issues, including registration/eligibility, authorization, or service not covered. Implementing a process to check eligibility at multiple points throughout the revenue cycle will go a long way in preventing this common denial from occurring.