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Debbie  Harkins  Patient Accounts IT Coordinator, Central Business OfficeBaycare Health System, Oldsmar, FloridaAnnette  Yanna  Senior System AnalystBaycare Health System, Clearwater, FloridaDale  Sahlberg  Senior System AnalystBaycare Health System, Clearwater, Florida

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What is SIGNATURE ?SIGNATURE is an integrated outpatient management & outpatient accounting application.

Front-office functions include registration, scheduling and report writing tools.

Business office functions manage accounts receivables with collection tools to maximize reimbursements.

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Has advanced collection tools (target files) to maximize allowable reimbursements based on payers and collectorsGenerates 1505 medical billing claim forms (combined charge for services and physician - example: chest X-ray)Produces UB04s - same as an inpatient hospital bill with surgery billing for nurse, facility and supplies ( surgeons do their own billing )Has a combined Patient Management and Patient Accounting database (integrated application) that allows charges to be entered and bills produced that same day (day-end)Utilizes SCHEMES that allow multiple insurance plans to meet the different ambulatory care needs

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A patient was registered at the Imaging site for a annual diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound with Medicare and Medicaid plan providing coverage.Scheme 1 - established with insurance plans Z01 Medicare with a priority of 1 and Z25 Medicaid Fl with a priority of 2

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The patient was in an auto accident later that day and returned to the Imaging site to have a MRI of the cervical spine. Scheme 2 - established with I16 Auto Allstate Insurance with a priority of 1

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The patient was scheduled for a knee arthroscopy due to a work related injury that occurred the previous week.Scheme 3 - established with 0041 Commercial Risk Work Comp with a priority of 1

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The original SIGNATURE application was based on a 3270 terminal design.

The Siemens enhanced SIGNATURE version employs browser technology called OAS GOLD.

3270 version

3270 version

Original model design for gold

Original model design for GOLD

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The Siemens GOLD model was sent to the Baycare body shopto be reprogrammed, redesigned, repainted and enhanced

Baycare signature gold


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GOLDhas new graphical features such as:

check boxes, radio buttons, labels, selectable lines with banners, combo boxes, a calendar, text boxes, images, scroll bars, data evaluators & controllers

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  • Edits on name and address fields to remove bad characters !@#$%/&*)+? that cause interface errors. Example of a bad character #GOLD will automatically remove:

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  • Warning notices to prevent the selection of expired insurance plan codes

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  • Educational messages to guide the user through a process:

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One shared main menu with variable options based on job role

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Users have an access tcl that determines what functions are available

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When the Accounts Receivable staff signon they see:

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When the Patient Management staff signon they view:

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  • HIPAA compliant notices

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  • Billing warning messages

Previous accounts had bad information. Previous accounts were bad debt. Previous accounts were charity. Previous accounts had billing problems.

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  • Tooltip help has full sentences & detailed information for a field

  • Inquiry screens are enhanced for faster searches, such as doctor name inquiries with “quick picks”

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  • "Minor as the Guarantor" reasons that are easy to select (rather than type in)

Radio button selection will appear as a comment

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  • VIP


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  • Checkmark lights up green if an HDX inquiry is possible for this plan. Eliminates wasted HDX inquiries for unsupported insurance plans.

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  • Immediate messages if the data entered is not correct, such as the Insurance Company name.

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  • Customized documents and patient face sheets with full insurance company mailing addresses

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Custom Features

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  • Mail statistics:

  • •23.6% of all mail in the U.S. is incorrectly addressed.

  • •2.7% of the total mail volume is undeliverable as addressed.

  • •1 out of every 32 pieces of first-class mail is undeliverable.

  • Causes:

  • •Incorrect spelling of street or city

  • •Misread the address from a document

  • •Transposed numbers in street or zip code

  • •Misunderstood the person verbally providing the data

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Address Verification Benefits

  • Address validation confirms that a given address is a deliverable address within the United States as defined by the United States Postal Service.

  • Address verification for bills and statements will also improve the ability to collect fees for services rendered.

  • The USPS standardizes the address in accordance with USPS guidelines – example: Road will be abbreviated as Rd

  • Additional Benefits of Address Verification are:

  • • Improve collections by eliminating returned bills & statements.

  • • Reduce staff time & costs formerly spent processing returned mail.

  • • Achieve data integrity through correctness & standardization.

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    Former 3270 screen was unable to verify a patient’s address with the US Post Office

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    The customized GOLD screen can verify online a patient’s address with the US Post Office

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    Address Verification

    • There is an online address verification for both the patient and guarantor addresses

    • The verified USPS address is automatically returned to the screen

    • Corrects the address: 13618 N FLORIDA STREET

      that should be 13618 N FLORIDA AVE

    • Corrects the zip code: 33631

      that should be33613

    • The US Post Office returns a message if more information is needed (apartment or lot number)

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    If the address was not found, then the

    US Post Office returns the following message:

    Option:GOLD also can inform the user verbally of an error message.

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    Three signature regions


    • St Joseph's Diagnostic Center … 4 Imaging Centers

    • Morton Plant Health Services … 3 Imaging Sites

    • 1 OP Surgery / Endo site

    • Baycare Ambulatory Care … 3 Imaging Sites

    • 2 St Anthony

    • 1 Med Specialist

    • 1 OP Surgery Site

    • 5 Mental Health Sites

    Analysis phase

    Analysis Phase

    • Examined the model SIGNATURE GOLD application at Siemens headquarters

    • Made site visits to other hospitals

    • Reviewed the Baycare Invision GOLD application which has a similar design

    • Made phone calls to other SIGNATURE users

    • Checked the SNUG users web board for information about current issues

    • Sent Emails to other SIGNATURE users

    • Held many meetings and had extensive collaboration between the Central Business Office, Registration areas and Information Services

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    Then a list of the current 3270 issues was compiled.These issues became the reasons SIGNATURE was converted to the GOLD version …



    • Experienced significant HDX model issues that were unique to the GOLD combined insurance pathway

    • Standardized insurance plan codes for all outpatient sites (example: where A01 means AETNA for all sites)

    • Made revisions prior to the GOLD live to an estimated 1000 pre-registrations that were using the old insurance plans

    • The 3270 Patient Face Sheet had been customized to include full insurance company mailing addresses - which was converted to print GOLD combined insurance fields

    • Needed popup panels to notify users when insurance plans were terminated (should not be selected for a new registration)

    • GOLDnow requires address information be entered for all miscellaneous insurance plans … that used to be an optional PF9 secondary screen in 3270

    Build phase

    Build Phase

    • Examined the current 3270 SIGNATURE pathways

    • Reviewed the Siemens model SIGNATURE design

    • Created a composite GOLD version of the above two applications

    Testing phase

    Testing Phase

    • Used predefined scripts for the Patient Management and Accounts Receivable pathways

    • Verified interface transmissions to other systems (such as IDX)

    • Validated facesheets & bills were generated

    • Emulated real patient scenarios for the types of insurances used (managed care, workman's compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, etc …)

    Integrated systems tests

    Integrated Systems Tests

    • EAD (Enterprise Access Directory)

    • US Post Office address verification

    • HDX (insurance eligibility)

    • ImageCast (Radiology)

    • EDM (Electronic Data Management)

    • Lawson - General Ledger & refunds

    • Target Files

    • TSI (Managed Care)

    Training phase

    Training Phase

    • PM – Patient Management

    • AR – Accounts Receivable

    Two training sessions:

    Training manual

    Training Manual


    Training manual1

    Training Manual


    Live implementation

    LIVE Implementation

    • Morton Plant Hospital went live first

    • Other two regions are going live in the following months

    • ACBO (Ambulatory Care Business

      Office) is the final live event

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    Staff can select a printer from this first menu.

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    Patient Management

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    EAD inquiry options

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    After demographic data is filled out, the system will


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    US Post Office abbreviated the

    AVE and corrected the zip 33613

    Original address data

    Further information is needed

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    The USPS supplies

    a list of known

    addresses to

    select from

    More information

    is required - such

    as an OFC, LOT

    or APT number

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    The US Post Office verified address is then transferred

    through this screen and parsed into the street, city, state

    and zip code fields.

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    The corrected address is automatically copied to the

    demographic screen. The user then adds LOT 71 to

    complete a full mailing address.

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    GUARANTOR information – will automatically copy

    all patient data and “gray out” the screen to protect data

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    Bottom part of the GUARANTOR information screen is

    shown … with COMMENT and EMPLOYMENT options

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    Click on PLAN to access a “quick pick” help screen

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    Insurance Company help screen with “quick pick” options

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    Select an insurance plan

    ZZZ identifies a terminated plan

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    The managed care plan automatically had a 1 appended to

    the plan code 102 and an MC filled in for the CONTRACT.

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    The HDX button lit up indicating an HDX inquiry is available.

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    The INSURANCE flow returns to the

    GUARANTOR screen where the button is activated

    so the user can continue on to the CASE screen

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    Once all required data is completed

    the system will show the button.

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    Accounts Receivable

    Main Menu

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    A R Follow-Up

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    A R Inquiry

    Vital functions automatically selected (radio buttons)

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    A R Summary

    Collector Name and Comment automatically valued from codes

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    Detail Summary

    CALCULATOR and EMAIL options added to the Navigator

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    Additional Details

    REASON codes custom feature added

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    Internal email information is automatically filled in with AR detail … saving time and preventing transposition errors

    Are there any questions

    Are there any questions ?

    This concludes our presentation.

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