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KPI of the Day – Healthcare: # Time to process the secondary COB billing

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COB

Definition

Measures the average duration of the second instance of non-medical coordination of Benefits (COB) claims after the first COB payment is received.

Purpose

To provide an indication about the efficiency of the process including the patient bills and claims submission for services rendered.

Recommendations

COB is the short form for coordination of benefits and it is commonplace for those patients that are covered by more than one group health insurance plan. Group insurance is regarded as one of the major benefits that come with getting hired and it usually covers main medical expenses. As the name suggests, this type of insurance offers the same advantages for all those belonging to that particular group.

In most cases, these COB-related matters are of no concern for the insured, hospitals being responsible for coming to terms with the insurance companies. There are situations when healthcare facilities find it hard to decide which insurer pays first, but also instances when the duration between the first payment and the second one takes way too long.

In order to avoid these payment delays, it is recommended to:

  • Establish standard COB processing
  • Define health and drug coverage criteria
  • Gather regular data on insurance payment policies
  • Automatically track invoices associated with payment delays
  • Closely monitor aging accounts and accounts in collection
  • Ensure reliability of SLAs and payment data accuracy

An important note to keep track of is the fact that all facilities should have a KPI target for < 2 business days as defined by industry standard/benchmark (HFMA) and public standards/benchmark. Public hospitals should establish proper controls to ensure adherence to industry standards and state and federal regulations.


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