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Success Story: Aspirus Wausau Hospital

The Measurable Impact of Mediware

Since the implementation of MediLinks® Inpatient and Outpatient, Aspirus Wausau Hospital has been able to:

  • Transfer paper documentation seamlessly into the EMR
  • Ensure JCAHO, CMS and other regulatory requirements are met
  • Provide tracking mechanisms for OP Time Unit
  • Work collaboratively with subject matter experts that provide leadership with effective monitoring tools

Transferring From Paper to EMR was Organized & Successful

Before MediLinks, leaders at Aspirus were using a manual paper process that made tracking staff productivity difficult; there wasn’t a clear way of tracking no-show and cancellation rates and it was a challenge to keep up with regulatory requirements. Switching to an electronic documentation solution, like MediLinks, provided outpatient tracking mechanisms for Time Unit Reconciliation (TUR), Correct Coding Initiatives (CCI), productivity measurements and no show/cancellation rates. Billing converted instantly from manual to automated processes that were connected to documentation and reduced rework, missing charges and additional staff.

The MediLinks Impact

“We have 12 facilities in our Wisconsin region (Acute/Outpatient and 1 IRF). Plans are to expand to 3 more hospitals in upper Michigan.”

Melissa Konicek
Rehab Services Technology, Aspirus Therapies

Manual authorization and recertification tracking occurs in real-time and is visible by all within the software features. Leaders say scheduling is now automated, transparent and occurs in real-time. In addition, features link charting ability and visit counts while signaling completion of the scheduled service.

Director Oversight Simplified

”As a director that needs to oversee several different rehab settings, Mediware provides peace of mind knowing that they will always communicate and work with us to implement regulatory changes. Ensuring Joint Commission, CMS and other
regulatory requirements are being met is vastly simpler with MediLinks charting
for both inpatient and outpatient services”, said Gresen.

Why Worry About G-Codes, Implementing ICD-10 or Tracking 3 Hour Rule Completion?

Support for therapy caps, complying with G-code regulations and implementing ICD-10 well in advance of deadlines was easily accomplished. “Tracking reports for 3 Hour Rule and appropriate reimbursement for burden of care on IRF were all achieved using MediLinks,” said Gresen. Mediware gives leaders at Aspirus the tools they need to grow while ensuring they are meeting the needs of their patients, fulfilling “Passion for excellence. Compassion for people.”

About Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Aspirus Rehab Services consists of hospitals, outpatient therapy clinics, CARF accredited rehab nursing unit, skilled nursing home facility and multiple home health agencies. Its rehabilitative services provide comprehensive occupational, physical and speech therapy evaluation and treatment to patients with a wide range of rehab-related diagnoses including but not limited to: neurologic, orthopedic and trauma related illness and /or injury.

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