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McKesson acquires EN-Chart Scanning Program to broaden emergency portfolio

McKesson UK : 18 July, 2008  (Company News)
McKesson has acquired EN-Chart Scanning Program a provider of computer-assisted facility coding and compliance solutions for emergency department (ED) visits.
Based in Dandridge, Tennessee, USA, EN-Chart provides advanced coding and charge capture capabilities that enhance emergency department information systems (EDIS) and help to optimise revenue. EN-Chart solutions can be used stand-alone or integrated with existing hospital EDIS, including McKesson’s comprehensive Horizon Emergency Care emergency department solution.

“The emergency department is the front door for more than 40 percent of clinical experiences in the hospital setting, but it’s also one of the greatest areas of lost revenue,” said Duncan James, group president of Health System Solutions for McKesson Provider Technologies. “For a department that operates with limited resources and razor-thin margins, EN-Chart helps EDs save both time and money. Combined with our industry-leading ED information system or an organization’s existing EDIS, McKesson enables hospitals to not only achieve clinical excellence but also improve the economics of delivering care.”

According to EN-Chart analysis, a health system with 50,000 ED visits may lose $84 per patient visit annually due to chart deficiencies and compliance issues. Using EN-Chart solutions to automate their coding and compliance processes, at least nine health systems have recovered between 30 percent and 50 percent of lost charges for an improvement of up to $4 million annually.

McKesson’s acquisition of EN-Chart is the culmination of a two-year business partnership in which McKesson has offered EN-Chart as Horizon Emergency Care Facility Coding. “The ED is often a hospital’s first impression for patients, making it critical to provide the best possible experience, the highest-quality care, and to do it as efficiently as possible,” said Mark Bentley, vice president and general manager for McKesson’s emergency care solutions. “Our comprehensive solution supports that goal while helping customers preserve and improve their financial health.”

EN-Chart Founder and chief executive officer Karen Marsh is a former registered nurse with more than 25 years’ experience in emergency medicine. “Capturing proper ED coding on the front end of care generates positive returns,” Marsh said. “Our solution serves a vital need for hospitals by improving documentation, while simultaneously applying up-to-date coding guidelines and patient data analysis to create accurate and timely revenue cycles.”

Like McKesson’s recently announced Horizon Enterprise Revenue Management solution, the addition of EN-Chart reinforces McKesson’s commitment to help health systems improve the economics of care. “Reinventing processes to link revenue management with real-time care delivery is critical,” Bentley said.
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