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Molina Healthcare decreases turnaround time for credentialing by 44% while doubling number of applications processed per month ECM Much has been made lately of the benefits that can accrue to healthcare providers through the use of electronic medical records. In fact, one of the major long-term goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is to initiate a process to .puterize health records. In fact, one of the major long-term goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is to initiate a process to .puterize health records to reduce medical errors and save on health care costs. But medical records are only one area in which providers can reap the benefits of working with secure, digital files. For organizations such as Molina Healthcare, a managed care organization (MCO) serving low-in.e individuals who frequently depend on government assistance, implementing a Laserfiche enterprise content management (ECM) system to digitize and streamline the healthcare provider credentialing process has proven to be extremely valuable. The Importance of Credentialing Credentialing is integral to the success of any healthcare organization, but it is a particularly important process for an MCO like Molina Healthcare. Effective credentialing helps MCOs manage liability risk, attract customers and obtain accreditation from organizations such as The Joint .mission and NCQA. It is also a procedural requirement by federal agencies such as CMS and various state agencies. Molina Healthcare, a Fortune 1000 .pany that operates in nine statesCalifornia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Washingtonhandles more than fifteen thousand provider applications a year. Legally, a healthcare practitioner cannot participate in Molinas network until the credentialing process is .pleted and a determination has been made to approve that provider for participation. Every day a provider remains in the credentialing process, says Ryan Boe, corporate credentialing manager at Molina Healthcare, is another day that he or she cant provide care for our members. According to Boe, applications frequently consist of 30-100 pages of material, including a physicians state license, board certification, criminal history report, stated work history, educational background, malpractice history and more. Dealing with paper, he says, is much slower than working with electronic records. Paper Process In the past, Molinas credentialing department produced a single paper copy of each application and routed it to different people during the credentialing process. According to Michael Eisenman, healthcare analyst for the credentialing department, coordinating the logistics and timing for moving applications through various steps of the process was difficult. When youre reviewing hundreds of applications a month, its not practical to physically transfer them one-by-one, he says. But transporting hardcopy files in batches leads to processing bottlenecks, which slows everything down. From a cost standpoint, printing paper applications consumed reams and reams of paper, and the special couriers who shipped credentialing files between offices were an additional expense. Additionally, the physical space needed to store and retain the documentation (including a great number of wall racks) led to extra cost. Working with paper also brings up liability issues for MCOs like Molina: HIPAA mandates that we keep medical information secure, but its hard to do that with paper files, Eisenman explains. Paper isnt password-protected, and it doesnt produce an audit trail. Implementing Enterprise Content Management Tasked with finding the best way to digitize credentialing applications and automate key pieces of the credentialing process, an IT .mittee chose a Laserfiche Rio ECM system due to its rich scanning, workflow, security and auditing features. Despite a few initial difficulties around business process engineering, solution design, training and adoption, the department soon ironed out the kinks, staggering the implementation state-by-state over a period of six months. According to Sampath Nalam, technical lead in Molinas IT department, the systems ease of use accelerated its adoption. Initial product training and consistent technical support from the Laserfiche technical team also helped Molina to understand the Laserfiche product architecture, resolve implementation issues and accelerate the project deliveries. The IT department trained the credentialing managers, who then trained their staff. Most users picked it up pretty easily within a couple of days, says Nalam. Its not too .plex for users to understand and navigate through the Laserfiche application. Eisenman echoes this sentiment: Laserfiche is very intuitive for users. Its pretty close to point and click. ECM in Action In order to put Laserfiche into action, one of the first steps for Molina was to restructure its credentialing process to take advantage of the systems capabilities. Today, says Eisenman, all roads for credentialing lead to Laserfiche. When a practitioner is being credentialed with Molina for the first time, departments outside of Credentialing obtain the application dataeither from a physical application or from CAQH, one of the largest credentialing data sources in the country. The application data soon ends up in the credentialing department, which is where 85% of the work associated with the credentialing process takes place. We get a hodgepodge of data sets, explains Eisenman. XML data, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, paper the list goes on and on. We pre-process the data to make sure it meets our standards and organize it into an intelligent list, at which point it all goes into Laserfiche. In Laserfiche, the data is automatically filedusually in large batchesin the Laserfiche folder structure. Once the information is in the system, the Laserfiche workflow kicks in, alerting people to the various tasks they must perform on each application. For example, credentialing specialists populate template fields with metadata to indicate file .pletion or file discontinuance, which moves the file forward to a credentialing lead, who quality checks each file. We now have about 100 people using enterprise content management to some degree, and about 50 of those people use Laserfiche on a continuous and daily basis, says Boe. After a bit of trial and error, weve figure out our ideal process for implementing a centralized and paperless credentialing system. Measurable Results Molinas corporate credentialing department has realized a number of benefits resulting from its Laserfiche implementation, including: * Decreased turnaround time (TAT) for processing applications by 44%. * Twice as many applications processed per month. * Greater visibility of information enterprise-wide. * Faster provider network development. * Decreased credentialing costs. * Standardization of procedures and workflows. * Improved security of protected information. The Laserfiche SDK has enabled us to automate an incredible amount of our data processing, Eisenman says. It has made the credentialing process much faster and much more consistent. When we first started working with Laserfiche, there was a brief period when the TAT went up and our volume went down as we adjusted to the new process and the new technology, Boe explains. Once wed conquered that initial learning curve and over.e the initial technical hurdles, however, the speed at which we can process applications skyrocketed. Were currently .pleting approximately 1,500 applications a month, which is up from just under 800 a month a year back. Were very happy with ECM, Boe concludes. It has accelerated the credentialing process and added a lot of value to our .anization. 相关的主题文章: