Medicare Training Program Helps San Diego Group Win National Recognition

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The San Diego chapter of Heathcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) earned a national award for membership professional development using a training and education program from HCPro, Inc., of Marblehead, MA.

It's hard for hospitals to send staff members to a five-day training class

When the San Diego Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) presented a Medicare coding and billing training program, the goal was to provide professional development opportunities for HFMA members.

The effort turned into a national award for continuing education hours and a rave review from the members who participated in the training.

Former chapter president Alece Hon, a senior financial analyst with Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA, said the chapter turned to HCPro, Inc., of Marblehead, MA, to conduct its Medicare Boot Camp - Hospital Version (MBC-H), a four-and-a-half day intensive course on Medicare coverage, billing, coding and payment for hospital outpatient and inpatient services. It gives hospital revenue cycle teams the knowledge and tools to find the answers to pressing Medicare questions and concerns.

"It was the best thing we could have done for our members," Hon said. "It was a week-long program and a very intense training. The thing that impressed me the most was that attendees didn't leave at the end of each day, even on Friday night. They wanted to stay and ask questions. They raved about the class and everything they learned."

The San Diego MBC-H program netted the local HFMA chapter 924 hours or 3.35 hours per member of continuing education credits. They ended the year with a total of 4,447 hours or 16.11 hours per member, which earned them national recognition from HFMA.

Lori Levans, Managing Director of HCPro's Revenue Cycle Institute, said the training was the perfect vehicle for the San Diego HFMA to offer its members a comprehensive training program on Medicare rules. Participants, such as those from the San Diego HFMA group, learn the concepts surrounding Medicare rules and regulations and walk away knowing how to apply them to protect revenue from audits and recoupments on the back end.

"It's hard for hospitals to send staff members to a five-day training class," Levans said, "but the return is in what they learn and their stronger knowledge base to apply the government's rules. And with increased scrutiny on hospitals by Recovery Audit Contractors looking to recover millions in Medicare overpayments, it becomes more a matter that they can't afford not to send staff for this kind of training. Working with San Diego HFMA and other state associations to make this training available to their members has always been a positive experience for HCPro."

HCPro offers a variety of Boot Camp training programs that dozens of hospitals host onsite annually. To learn more about HCPro's Medicare Boot Camp or one of company's other health care training and education boot camp programs, call 877-233-8734 or go online to http://www.hcprobootcamps.com.

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