CHICAGO, Ill. (Aug. 21, 2013) - Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., has introduced Crowe Physician Links, a patent-pending software application that helps healthcare organizations capture, document and report provider time more efficiently. Since even small discrepancies in reported time can result in significant losses in Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements for a healthcare organization, Crowe Physician Links helps make time studies more effective and accurate.
Crowe Physician Links runs on smart phones, tablets, laptops and personal computers, allowing physicians, transplant nurses and other providers to enter and track their time from almost anywhere. By automating time studies, the application provides a way for any size healthcare organization or health system to link physician, finance and compliance activities.
According to Brian Sanderson, managing partner of Crowe Healthcare Services, time studies are an important component of a healthcare organization's annual cost report, which is submitted to Medicare and Medicaid to receive various reimbursements. "Time studies have typically been done manually, which can often result in under-reporting or data-entry errors," Sanderson said. "With increased demands on physicians' schedules, it is becoming even more difficult to accurately capture their time, which in turn makes it tougher for hospitals to receive the appropriate reimbursements for treatments."
Crowe Physician Links tracks the percentage of a physician's time spent on patient care, administrative activities and other non-reimbursable activities such as research and transplant preparation. It generates reporting schedules needed for the organization's annual cost report. The system helps to evaluate providers' time entry information as they enter it and can help flag errors that need to be corrected.
"Medical professionals are often juggling multiple activities at once. Crowe Physician Links allows doctors to enter their time remotely from their mobile phone or tablet, so it can easily be incorporated into their daily routines, which improves accuracy and increases participation," said Sanderson.
For more information on the Crowe Physician Links, please visit: www.crowehorwath.com/physicianlinks-nr.
About Crowe HorwathCrowe Horwath LLP (www.crowehorwath.com) is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of "Building Value with Values®," Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities, while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services. With offices coast to coast and 2,600 personnel, Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe Horwath International, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world, consisting of more than 150 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 100 countries around the world.
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