Caritas Christi Health Care is the second largest health system in New England with six acute care hospitals. At Caritas Christi, they were manually managing each of their six hospitals' charge description masters (CDM) at an individual facility level at the beginning of 2007. When there were coding updates, the CDM team had to individually update each facility's CDM with new current procedural terminology codes. Needless to say, this was an inefficient and time-consuming process. In early 2007, they decided it was time to automate chargemaster management processes and focus on the CDM to get it in order and under control. In the end, they concluded that Craneware's Chargemaster Corporate Toolkit would be the best solution for them to centralize their CDM management. The benefits of a standardized CDM across the enterprise are threefold: efficiency, accuracy for compliance, and pricing transparency. In addition, the process has resulted in time savings for CDM staff, reducing their workload by about 15%, since they now have centralized management of the entire enterprise's CDM.
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