IPHA Immunization Billing Project Exceeds $700,000 in Revenue

At a time when the fiscal outlook for most local health departments in Illinois is troubling, the IPHA Immunization Billing Project, funded through the Illinois Department of Public Health, is offering some much-needed relief.  The claims revenue that is being collected by the participating health departments continues to greatly exceed expectations.  During the month of December 2015 alone, fourteen local health departments collectively earned $261,579 in revenue from paid claims.  The total claims revenue for July 2015 to date is $724,871.17.   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.

Twenty-four local health departments in Illinois have now 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, nine have contracted to use both the electronic medical records and revenue cycle management services, and fifteen 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; four are at various stages of training and implementation, and will soon be enjoying increased revenue from billing.

The feedback that IPHA has received from the health departments that are using CDP and ezEMRx has been overwhelmingly positive.  The staffs at CDP and ezEMRx have received numerous compliments for providing excellent customer service.  “The transition to billing through CDP has been really smooth,” said Lora Alexander, Administrative Manager at LaSalle County Health Department. “They are very professional, friendly, and eager to help in any way possible.”  Kris Marcotte, Administrative Coordinator at Kankakee County Health Department stated, “Having CDP responsible for our billing has been reassuring with our recent undertaking of billing private insurances and the transition to the Managed Care Organizations within the Medicaid system.  We can already see the increase in revenue due to their billing expertise.  This has allowed additional time for our billing person to complete other job duties within the department.”

In these extremely challenging financial times, it behooves local health departments in Illinois to explore third-party billing and the IPHA Immunization Billing Project. The Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D, said “The State of Illinois is putting a strong new focus on public health prevention and outcomes, and moving away from the high cost for services that occurs after people become sick. The IPHA Immunization Billing Project helps local health departments provide preventative services by facilitating collection of much needed payments.”

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 soon!  To start generating more revenue for your health department, please contact Philip Talley at ptalley@ipha.com  or Lanie Cooper at lcooper@ipha.com.

 

2015-2016 combined totals

LHD

$170,588.66

Logan

$246,267.50

Mclean

$108,986.40

Franklin Williamson

$27,302.33

LaSalle

$17,681.03

Boone

$8,797.20

Fulton

$16,338.97

Woodford

$29,299.79

Kankakee

$44,577.88

Effingham

$5,336.99

Mason

$2,860.67

Cicero

$5,968.76

Ogle

$9,831.30

Lee

$7,479.60

Christian

$15,684.07

Adams

$7,189.07

Scott

$680.95

Bond

$0.00

Moultrie

$0.00

Madison

$0.00

Stephenson

$0.00

Iroquois

$0.00

Grundy

$0.00

Calhoun

$0.00

Jackson

$0.00

McDonough

 

 

$724,871.17

Total

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