Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Board Meeting - May 25, 2018
What did the Board decide:
The CCHHS Board committed to add coders & billing staff, increase training and clinical documentation, and enforce performance standards for all employees who affect the revenue cycle process in order to improve revenue recovery.
Dr. Shannon, CCHHS CEO, spoke at some length about the issue of revenue recovery, explaining, “We recognized this as a challenge years ago, and embedded strategies in the strategic plan to meet the challenge.” Until 2014 billing was simplistic, but now the system has 20 payer contracts. Despite the challenges, patients and local taxpayers have benefited: taxpayer liability has been reduced by 75% since 2009, and the system has been able to redirect $2.5b to other Cook County needs over the last ten years. The system dispensed $300m in charity care in 2017 without additional resources from local taxpayers.
Other Data Presented to the Board:
The Health and Hospitals system will allocate about $1m this year, and $2m next year, to staff a continuum of behavioral health services to be provided to detainees at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (population 200-250), similar to the services provided at the Cermak Clinic.
To Watch For:
Will there be a state budget by May 31? If not, the hospitals system is at risk for cash flow problems!
Observers - Linda Christianson and Marcia Powers Meeting Length - 3 hours
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