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Success Stories – Hospital Trauma Fees Under Scrutiny

By |2019-10-08T20:19:06+00:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review, Medical Billing Errors|Tags: , , |

Hospital Trauma Fees Are Under Scrutiny Our expert medical bill reviewer and clinical analyst recently identified a case where the application of a trauma activation fee was seriously questionable. Hospital trauma fees are under scrutiny across the country in general. Hospitals charge patients a trauma activation fee when they arrive by ambulance with a [...]

Announcing New Workday NurseConnect

By |2019-09-10T18:23:21+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Corporate, Media, SIIA|Tags: , , |

The Hopewell Group Announces New Workday NurseConnect Service For Immediate Release The Hopewell Group Announces New Workday NurseConnect Service Houston, TX - August 12, 2019 - The Hopewell Group is excited to introduce its new Workday NurseConnect service. Workday NurseConnect is a nurse triage line designed to improve access to health care advice.  It [...]

Will We See You At SIIA 2019?

By |2019-08-26T19:45:47+00:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Corporate, Media, SIIA|Tags: |

The Hopewell Group to Attend the 39th Annual SIIA Conference in Sept. 2019 For Immediate Release The Hopewell Group to Attend the 39th Annual SIIA Conference in Sept. 2019 Houston, TX - August 26, 2019 - The Hopewell Group is excited to announce that members of the Hopewell Risk Strategies leadership team will be [...]

Success Stories – Duplicated Blood Work

By |2019-07-30T15:15:48+00:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review, Medical Billing Errors|Tags: , |

Duplicated Blood Work Sometimes in the course of a review, our coders are sent additional records from the hospital. Very often, charges for blood work are duplicated. When these go unreviewed, it means payors are charged twice for a single episode of blood work. In on specific case, our reviewer found 95 duplicate items totaling [...]

Success Stories – Irregular Pricing

By |2019-07-10T16:11:50+00:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review, Medical Billing Errors|Tags: |

30 irregularly priced items! Our coding experts recently reviewed a claim and found 30 irregularly priced items. This occurs when different prices are applied to the same quantity of an item ad different points on a claim. For example, the claim under review listed CEFEPIME PER 500 MG at $106 which is the normal [...]

Success Stories – Global Inconsistent Pricing Codes

By |2019-05-30T15:43:28+00:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review, Medical Billing Errors|Tags: |

Another story of the dollar impact of inconsistent pricing. For today's Success Story we will be digging into some inconsistent pricing for just the medications on a large claim totaling $ 274,301.50.  In the example below, you will see one of the categories under the global explanation codes we use at Hopewell as a [...]

Success Stories – Inconsistent Pricing Adds Up

By |2019-03-28T12:50:12+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review|Tags: |

Small errors and inconsistencies can add up. In February one of our experts spotted pricing inconsistencies on a claim. Several injections were listed with different prices. The first Fluconazole Injection per 200 mg quantity of 2 was charged at $ 42.00. On four subsequent lines a quantity of 2 was charged at $ 54.00. [...]

Success Story – Anesthesia

By |2019-01-22T16:33:50+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review, Medical Billing Errors|Tags: , |

During open heart surgery, it is the standard of care that the Anesthesiologist does blood gases to check the saturation of oxygen in the tissues. He starts an arterial line to draw blood gasses and labs during the surgery. This is a one time arterial puncture to float the arterial catheter in place. He draws [...]

Success Story – An Obvious Overdose

By |2018-11-13T20:51:17+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Business, Claims Review|Tags: |

A recent patient had a diagnosis of viral infection. Our expert coder did not have the lab report, or the medical record to base their evaluation on. The invoice was taken at face value in the dosing of this drug and stated: Cefepime HCL 2 grams vial at quantity of 4 with the cost of [...]

Success Stories – Coding Errors

By |2018-11-13T21:14:25+00:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Business, Claims Review, Medical Bill Review|Tags: |

Coding Errors In a recent example of coding errors, a patient was charged with Piperacillin 3.75 grams at quantity 9 times a day for 4 days during an inpatient stay. This would be and overdose of 22 grams! The normal dosing is every 6 to 8 hour every 24-hour period, not 9 times a [...]

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