What You Should Know:
– Cerner and long-time client Banner Health announced a new deal to implement a comprehensive suite of revenue cycle management solutions as part of a long-standing strategic alignment to use health care technology to drive population health improvement.
– The revenue cycle integration will take place across Banner Health’s entire system, including 28 hospitals and clinics in six states.
Banner Health and Cerner, today announced it is expanding its relationship to implement an end-to-end, comprehensive suite of revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions, building on a multi-year, long-standing strategic alignment using health care technology to drive population health improvement. The revenue cycle integration is designed to streamline and simplify the clinician and patient experience across Banner Health’s entire system, including 28 hospitals and clinics in six states.
RCM Implementation Approach
Banner Health will integrate Cerner’s registration, scheduling, patient billing, practice management solutions, and transaction services with its existing EHR on the Cerner Millennium platform. This integration between the revenue cycle and clinical systems will help connect a patient’s clinicals and financials to one single view across the health system ultimately streamlining billing operations and improving the overall patient experience. Cerner’s open platform also offers a way to more easily integrate third-party applications to help meet Banner Health’s specific needs.
Why It Matters
To successfully manage business today, health systems need clinical, financial and operational data that works together. Cerner’s clinically-drive revenue cycle solution uses a common, single and integrated platform designed to help improve savings, cost-effectiveness and build a healthier bottom line for health systems.
“After comprehensive planning and alignment between our two organizations, we are confident that teaming with Cerner to achieve a fully integrated revenue cycle platform will meet our business needs now and into the future,” said Dennis Laraway, CFO, Banner Health. “Building on our past successful collaborations with Cerner for mainly clinical applications, adoption of their revenue cycle management solution is now a critical next step to streamline both clinical and financial solutions for our patients across the entire Banner Health enterprise.”
This expansion is expected to better position Banner Health to flexibly adapt to new payment structures, more quickly adjust to policy and compliance changes, better coordinate single registration between acute and ambulatory services and centralize single-source patient charting and reporting across multiple care locations.
“The integrated approach housed within Cerner Millennium supports a more efficient and cost-effective approach for our providers and enhances the patient care experience as their health information easily follows them across the Banner Health continuum of care,” said Laraway.