This article describes the organizational structure and functions of the quality assurance/utilization management (QA/UM) department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore), which has developed a proactive QA/UM program for identifying opportunities to control inappropriate inpatient admissions, shorten a patient's length of stay, monitor the use of ancillary services, and improve physician documentation in patient medical records. In addition, the QA/UM department has developed and implemented an aggressive third-party appeal mechanism to ensure that the institution has an effective UM program. The QA/UM department annually recovers more than 3 million dollars for the hospital by aggressively appealing third-party payer denials. Specific chart-review variables are outlined.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management