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Price Transparency in Healthcare with Kevin Brennan, CPA, FHFMA and Vonda Moon, SunStone Consulting
For years the Industry has been under attack over amounts charged for services, often completely ignoring the much lower actual payments received. The TIME magazine article in 2013, “Bitter Pill”, ignited a wave of negative press and confusion that continues today. While the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has responded with advice on rational pricing and released a Price Transparency Task Force Report in 2014, it failed to stop government requirements to disclose Charge Description Masters (CDM), January 1, 2019, in a machine-readable format nor the more recent proposed changes for price transparency effective January 1, 2020.

The speakers will discuss how we got to the current price transparency environment, current initiatives as well as discuss the HFMA-led Chargemaster Alternatives for Medicare Payment (CHAMP) work group, examining potential future Medicare reimbursement formula’s devoid of charge inputs. Alternative solutions for a dozen reimbursable items that use charges today will be reviewed as well as the implications and requirements of a future state. He will also discuss how to develop a rational and defensible price methodology.

Learning Objectives 1: Review the current price transparency environment; how did we get here, where do we go next?
2: Discuss the alternatives Medicare is evaluating through the Chargemaster Alternative for Medicare Payment work group. 3: Evaluate methodologies being utilized to develop rational and defensible prices for your facility.

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Feb 11, 2020 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kevin Brennan, CPA, FHFMA
Principal @SunStone Consulting
Kevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA is a Principal with SunStone Consulting. The firm, based in Harrisburg, Pa., assists clients throughout the country with reimbursement, regulatory, revenue integrity, and strategic solutions. For 23 years, Mr. Brennan served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger – a $7 billion physician-led, integrated health services organization that has as its main components an array of health services providers, including hospitals, a physician group practice, a number of health insurance companies and a medical school. Geisinger operates in 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and in 7 counties in southern New Jersey. Before his tenure with Geisinger Health System, he served as a CFO with other large health systems and tertiary care hospitals. Mr. Brennan served as the National Chair of the 40,000 member Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) for the 2018-2019 year.
Vonda Moon
Principal @SunStone Consulting
Vonda has over 30 years of experience assisting healthcare providers with revenue integrity, contracting, reimbursement and regulatory solutions. Vonda ‘s combined experience of over 17 years on the provider setting and over 13 years in consulting enables her to assist clients with all aspects of revenue cycle operations. Vonda has received national recognition for her efforts in Revenue Cycle Management, Reimbursement, Compliance and Contract Management Solutions, and focuses on assisting clients evaluate opportunities, mitigate risk and implement process improvement solutions which reduce cost and increase charge capture over the long term.