Camden Clark to celebrate opening of billing department

PARKERSBURG – Camden Clark Medical Center on Feb. 7 will cut the ribbon for its new billing department to be at the St. Joseph’s Campus.

The revenue cycle department will perform billing and collection services that were contracted out, said Rick Hamilton, executive director of the Camden Clark Physicians Corp., which is wholly owned by Camden Clark.

Volume was large enough to warrant the creation of the in-house department, he said.

“This is also a sign of the changes we are seeing in the health care industry,” Hamilton said.

Also changing is the way hospitals receive reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and third-party payers, he said. The shift is from a system based on volume to a system based on quality, which requires more time and research, Hamilton said.

“Billing and collection procedures have become more complicated,” Hamilton said.

State-of-the-art computer systems will make it more efficient for doctors while explanations will be easier to understand for patients, he said.

The new department will be managed by Bobby Reed, a certified professional coder, and be staffed by 12 billing specialists, a financial analyst and three certified coders.

Even though the St. Joseph’s Campus is slated to be consolidated with the Memorial Campus with all operations moved around the Memorial campus, officials said it will take some time before that becomes a reality.

The medical center recently purchased property around the Memorial Campus which will be used to accommodate some of the consolidation efforts.

“The St. Joseph’s Campus is not slated for closure in the near future,” said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for the Camden Clark Medical Center. “It will continue to be a vital part of the medical center and operational for the next several years.

“Our award winning cardiac and orthopedic programs are housed on the St. Joseph’s Campus and while plans are to consolidate all our services to the Memorial Campus, that won’t occur until we complete the construction projects necessary to make that happen,” Brunicardi said.

A ribbon cutting for the new department will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Among participants will be Camden Clark CEO Mike King and other administrators of the medical center.