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California acute-care teaching hospital turns to McKesson to centralize billing

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ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2012 – Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., has selected McKesson Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) to help transform its revenue cycle operations. With 100 physicians and 115 residents, Kern will use McKesson’s solution to help consolidate and simplify professional fee billing and accounts receivable management across its clinics and physician practices. RMS will interface with the medical center’s existing McKesson Horizon Practice Plus billing system to help eliminate inefficiencies and create a streamlined patient experience. Together, the solution and services should help the medical center enhance workflow and improve patient service.

After a detailed request for proposal process, Kern decided on McKesson RMS largely due to its robust resources and strong relationships with payers in the California region. The medical group needed a solution to help centralize its billing and collections processes and build a seamless connection between its clinics and medical center. In addition, Kern wanted to put an end to redundant billing and administrative tasks.
“McKesson already has brought tremendous value to the relationship,” said Lisa Ohlfest, administrator of Kern’s clinics and physician practices. “We get the benefit of a comprehensive billing and practice management system to help us connect all of our facilities and streamline our operations. With McKesson, we now have a partner with bench strength and expertise in the California healthcare market to help us improve our financial performance.”

McKesson RMS is the nation’s leading provider of health care billing and revenue management services, backed by more than 4,000 billing experts. The services are uniquely designed to help practices improve efficiency and grow revenues while staying current with the latest regulatory requirements.

“Healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to improve efficiencies and control costs,” said Pat Leonard, senior vice-president and general manager for McKesson Revenue Management Solutions. “At McKesson RMS, our goal is to help organizations like Kern continue to build a financially
sustainable future so that everyone – the hospital, physicians and especially patients – can deliver and get access to the best care possible.”

About Kern Medical Center
Kern Medical Center is a 222-bed acute care teaching hospital. The medical center serves a community of approximately 650,000 residents, and the hospital is owned and operated by the County of Kern. As an academic teaching hospital, Kern Medical Center trains 113 residents/fellows per year in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry ranging in duration from one to five years. Kern Medical Center provides care for over 16,000 inpatients annually, while its clinics provide care and services for over 100,000 patients.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.


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