IPHA is pleased to announce that the Immunization Billing Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Illinois Department of Public Health has reached another significant milestone. As of March 31, 2016, the health departments that are participating in the implementation phase of this project have now received more than $1 million paid claims! During the month of March 2016 alone, twenty local health departments collectively earned $224,932.17 in revenue from paid claims. The total claims revenue from July 2015 through March 2016 is $1,082,593.31. This revenue is from commercial payers, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, and is not money that is dependent on state or federal grant funding.
Tom Hughes, Executive Director of IPHA stated, “I am pleased with the progress made by local health departments with billing for immunizations and other health services they provide. I also have to thank IPHA staff and CDP/ezEMRx for reaching this milestone! Congratulations to all. ”
Twenty-four local health departments in Illinois have contracted with CDP, Inc., IPHA’s Romeoville, Illinois-based partner on the Immunization Billing Project, to utilize ezEMRx, the electronic medical records system that includes complete revenue cycle management. Of these health departments, ten have contracted to use both the electronic medical records and revenue cycle management services, and fourteen have contracted to use the revenue cycle management system only (the “billing only” option). Twenty health departments have successfully completed their training and implementation, and are now using the system; three have just recently completed the training and implementation process, and will soon be enjoying increased revenue from billing. One is still in the implementation and training phase.
The staffs at CDP and ezEMRx continue to receive rave reviews for their outstanding customer service:
“We are pleased with the great customer service that CDP offers. We get timely responses from their friendly staff.” Cathy Ferguson, Administrator, Lee County Health Department
“Whenever I have questions about billing or insurance they are always willing to answer my questions. The biweekly check-ins are a big help. We are able to brainstorm and talk about issues and concerns in a timely, streamlined manner.” Diana Vasquez, Director of Community & Personal Health, Lee County Health Department
“The Stephenson County Health Department is most pleased with the ezEMRx revenue cycle management system. Our staff was very happy with the training and implementation provided by CDP. To have all staff happy with a new system is quite an accomplishment!” Craig Beintema, Administrator, Stephenson County Health Department
“Adams County Health Department is using the full EMR from CDP/ezEMRx. While there is a bit of a learning curve for staff - from the front-line supportive services to nursing staff in clinic - CDP has been very receptive to our calls, providing excellent customer service, training and even making tweaks to the software based on input from our staff. While we are still in the early stages of use, we see the potential for expanded services, data collection, and billing opportunities with this system and CDP support.” Shay L. Drummond, Director of Clinical and Environmental Services, Adams County Health Department
Given the current uncertainty regarding budgets and funding, every health department in Illinois must seek new and alternative sources of revenue. Don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity to generate more revenue for your health department. The grant period for this project is scheduled to end on September 30, 2016, so please act now! To start generating more revenue for your health department, please contact Philip Talley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lanie Cooper at email@example.com.