Analysis of Sutter Healthcare Financial Management

Document Type:Thesis

Subject Area:Accounting

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It serves families and patients in cities and towns of Northern California, covering a range of 100 and above. Sutter Health resources (medical doctors, providers of the healthcare service, and the hospital) share the expertise and skills, which helps to advance the quality and access of the services. The name of the organization originated from the pioneer by the name John Sutter who lived in California. Sutter hospital was constructed as a response to the 1918 influenza epidemic. It was constructed in the fort’s vicinity, replacing the old makeshift hospital which went by the name adobe house. The first step was the introduction of their patient’s account representatives, the collectors, and Sacramento region members of central business offices. Staff registration is in progress, and it will be in charge of back-end patient collections.

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There was a reduction of account receivable period in days from sixty five to fifty nine in the 9 hospitals in that region within the first 3 months after the project was started by the company. The equivalent of the A/R days is 13 million US dollars. It means that there was a collection of additional 78 million US dollars by Sutter Health. It was to be achieved through the empowering of PFS individual staff members, enabling them to assume the responsibility of each account they dealt with. Managers used tools and operated receivable dashboards to implement management component. Each member of staff was given a business, in order to ensure that they adhered to individual as well as the team goals. PFS were given tools which made the work list of the account a priority and automated it.

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The tools also enabled sorting of accounts in various manner and view their ranks as per the work groups and offices. Client address errors of format and punctuation or abbreviations, and duplication of patient’s medical record were among the mistakes identified and corrected. The collection of pre-registration amount as per patient’s establishment by the registrar can make a very big difference. Sutter Health are in process of testing the tool responsible to make a follow up on the money collected up-front by each member staff, with the hope to link the tool with estimation and contract management. It will evaluate the registrar on the bases of contracted rates in percentages per established collected targets. Amount collection by registrar due to pre-registration could make a big difference.

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In general, for receivables to be of interest to potential buyers, they must be of 1 to 3 years old and having spent an approximate of 6 months in the Centre’s primary collection sector. Medicare isn’t involved in these debts. The factors used to evaluate the debt for the potential purchase are: debt’s age, debtor’s zip code, debt size, and the debtor’s age. For Hospital to sell its written-off A/R, it must ensure that its objectives and those of the debt buyer are parallel to each other. However, selling of A/R doesn’t solve issues within the firm’s A/R department or sector despite being a fast and simple means to a solution on delinquent accounts in the hospital (Czerwinski& Friend, 2008).

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Services providing scores on patient credit or any other predictor of payment information can be influenced. The payment probability are assessed by use of automated tools under predictive modelling. The methods keeps the hospitals in a position to catch claims which are fraudulent through the identification clients submitting incorrect details during registration. It is achieved by the comparison between the patient-provided data and the information obtained from credit bureaus or the third-party. Hospitals develop strategies focusing on streamlining and improving self-pay after account segmentation, beginning with the communications. According to what I can recommend, is that they sell the A/R accounts that happen to be delinquent. The Healthcare Centre used the program and is still using the current ways of A/R retooling.

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Sutter Health will make profits if it combines both programs. Even taking into the account of the new program motion, selling off offending accounts will lead to the firm getting partial payments from the accounts instead of receiving nothing at all. After the accounts get paid off, CBO will ensure that the accounts don’t enter delinquent. Other solutions still exist when there is a need for fast and positive results and the improvement of A/R which Sutter Healthcare could have used. The Healthcare organization used the program and is still using the current ways of A/R retooling. This combination is high profit yielding. Selling off offending accounts will lead to the firm getting partial payments from the accounts, better than getting nothing.

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