In today’s healthcare environment, every penny counts. Increasing expenses and regulatory requirements, and the ongoing labor shortage, continue to challenge hospital systems across the country. Finding the time for your team to review your AP and supply chain processes for overpayments, missing rebates, trade-in allowances and more, and then contacting vendors and others to reclaim funds often gets pushed down the priority list. There’s a simple solution. And that’s having an external AP Recovery Audit partner to do the work for you.
Many healthcare systems face challenges related to duplicate payments, vendor overpayments, and unclaimed credits. Conducting an AP recovery audit can help organizations identify and recover these funds, ultimately improving their bottom line. By following these six key steps – defining objectives, assembling the right team, gathering and analyzing data, communicating with vendors, and implementing process improvements – you can maximize the benefits of your audit.
As part of a full-scale AP recovery audit for a healthcare system that had not completed an audit for many years, we were able to identify a significant duplicate billing credit through our duplicate invoice detection process for a multi-billion dollar regional healthcare system. Working directly with the vendor’s credit team, PCR was able to locate both client payments and assisted the vendor in identifying the error to recover over $250K for our client that would otherwise have been lost.
The right accounts payable recovery audit contractor can assist in identifying and recuperating funds lost in the procure to pay process. A well-selected provider should not only recover lost overpayments but also contribute to the overall efficiency and compliance of your healthcare financial operations. Five essential factors should be considered when you’re ready to choose your audit firm: industry expertise and experience, communication and responsiveness, technology capabilities, level of self-sufficiency, and the firm’s approach to data gathering.
For nearly 20 years, Premier Cost Recovery has served healthcare systems across the country. In fact, we were one of the early firms to focus exclusively on health care recovery audits.
We not only developed proprietary data-gathering and analysis techniques to deliver some of the highest recovery rates in the industry, we also developed a recovery audit process that’s shaped by the five core values that drive our company.
An accounts payable recovery audit is a comprehensive review of procurement to payment transactions. The purpose is to recover funds sitting with vendors due to a variety of overpayments. Premier Cost Recovery generally recovers $1000/staffed bed in a typical healthcare system.