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ZERO BALANCE REVIEWS

Our specialty focus

After claims are closed, most hospitals and health systems – many with six figures' worth of claims annually – simply forget about them. They are missing a source of significant revenue.

Reviewing these accounts offers the opportunity to find out how accurately payers are paying their bills. These reviews find many claims that can be reopened to recoup lost revenue. Even if it is too late to claw back payments, zero balance lookbacks open up vast opportunities to improve processes to ensure higher future revenue.

We categorize appealed claims as payer or process issues. Payer issues are usually reimbursement issues, such as:

  • Missing outlier payments
  • Failure to retrospectively adjust payments when hospital assessment factors change
  • Missing education and capital add-on payments

Process issues are underpayments that would have been paid had the business office processed/followed-up on claims differently. This is highly specific to each organization and the payers it works with. For example, it might be claims with multiple errors being sent by the provider based on poor documentation. Or lower-than-expected payments that nevertheless matched the claim, which may signal that the claim lacked a modifier or a field was filled in wrong.

Salud provides the right mix of proper mix of people, processes and technology to mine zero balance accounts for higher collections and insights needed to correct ongoing errors.

“Salud has not only produced more than $4.6 million for Community Health Network through its zero-balance review program, it has identified other revenue cycle opportunities that extend well beyond the core component of the program. Our strategic partnership has given us confidence that we can maximize reimbursement amid ever-changing payer regulations. This is a working relationship with lasting value.”

Chad Bills, Network Vice President Revenue Cycle/Patient Accounts, Community Health Network, Indianapolis

For a three-hospital integrated delivery system, Salud discovered $10.6 million in revenue leakage in 9 months and recovered $6 million.

For a nine-hospital regional health system, Salud collected over $3 million in just six months through a focused review of Medicaid MCOs.

REAL LIFE

A snapshot of our zero balance review work for a large Midwest health network
Aug 2018 $8,131 Feb 2019 $314,422
Sept 2018 $65,514 Mar 2019 $223,301
Oct 2018 $39,991 Apr 2019 $275,341
Nov 2018 $1,031,258 May 2019 $133,874
Dec 2018 $967,106 Jun 2019 $463,341
Jan 2019 $919,575 Jul 2019 $180,922
TOTAL: $4,622,777