Automation is a big word and an even bigger concept. It's important to remember that there are varying degrees of automation. Take, for example, the process of having physicians log time for their administrative duties on hospital contracts such as medical directorships, teaching, co-management, etc. One way to automate this process might be to use excel file templates to log and submit time for approval, another might be to give a physician an application to track their time. What if we’re talking about full automation of this process from the time the physician logs their time through to review, approval, and reporting for the hospital? What does that look like and how does it benefit all parties involved? Take a peek at the 7 benefits related to an automated physician logging process…in our eyes it’s a positive change for everyone involved, not just the physician!
Hidden somewhere inside each hospital is the person who is responsible for coordinating the submission of the Medicare Cost Report. This is an annual filing that contains information about the hospital’s cost of delivering care. While Medicare currently reimburses hospitals prospectively based on DRGs, accurately and efficiently logging your physicians' workflows is still a major driver of that reimbursement. Below are two areas that are directly impacted by physician time logs.
The Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) applies not only from the standpoint of merging health care organizations, but also for physicians contracting with health care organizations. The basic premise is that business relationships should be clean, without one party paying the other for business. Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurance and device companies are evaluated by how they do business directly with physicians, since physicians refer patients to that organization.
Topics: Healthcare Law