System to Decrease DNFB by 3-5 Days, Increase Revenues and Efficiencies; Dolbey to Demo Fusion CAC Powered by EMscribe at AHIMA
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Artificial Medical Intelligence (AMI) today announced that Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is implementing its EMscribeTM DX computer assisted coding (CAC) solution to automate the coding of its inpatient and outpatient records for streamlined billing and coding efficiencies.
Interested parties can see demonstrations of Fusion CAC Powered by EMscribeTM on the AHIMA trade show floor at Dolbey booth #413. Dolbey markets AMI’s EMscribe under the Fusion CAC name.
EMscribe DX is a comprehensive CAC technology that scans the entire patient record for appropriate ICD9-CM diagnostic and procedure codes and CPT codes using innovative language processing technology. Its patent-pending algorithmic software electronically analyzes entire medical charts to pre-code with both CPT procedure and ICD9 diagnostic nomenclatures. Manual coders, enhanced with the results of EMscribe can easily approve or amend the automatic results and increase efficiencies by as much as 80%.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is using the EMscribe system to replace its manual coding process which requires staff to physically retrieve medical documents and enter code information into the system redundantly. Medical coding is the means of translating a patient’s medical chart into numeric codes so that providers can receive reimbursement appropriately. Presently, this manual process requires skilled practitioners, already in high demand, to manually read documents and laboriously key in the medical billing codes.
After implementing EMscribe, the hospital’s medial coding process will significantly change because the AMI solution will automatically suggest appropriate ICD9 or procedure codes to staff coders. Coders will then approve the suitable codes and send the patient charts to the billing system. The hospital expects the system to significantly improve the efficiency and consistency of human coders while reducing the amount of time between when a patient is discharged and when billing is complete—also known as the discharged not final billed (DNFB) window by 3-5 days. It also expects to save considerable costs from reducing its dependency on outsourced coding.
“A proficient revenue cycle – scheduling, quality coding, billing and a good denial management program – is vital to the operational success of any hospital,” said Mitch Blume, administrative director patient financial services at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “The technology behind EMscribe is helping us to dramatically improve the efficiency and quality of our medical coding process. This in turn reduces billing cycle time and ultimately contributes real savings to our bottom line. We want to do everything right the first time around so that we can produce clean claims and secure positive cash flow for the hospital on an ongoing basis.”
“Hospitals like Newark Beth Israel Medical Center are beginning to recognize that an effective claims management program can counter the continuing effects of declining payments and increasing cost pressures,” said Stuart Covit, executive vice president of Artificial Medical Intelligence. “Inadequate information technology and changes in billing and coding guidelines can all contribute to a high rate of claim denials. The EMscribe technology is the answer for hospitals like Newark Beth Israel that require a more efficient medical record coding process so that they can provide better service to patients, doctors and providers and improve billing and claim management.”
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will be implementing EMscribe throughout all departments that can utilize the improved coding system.