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Conifer boosts revenue cycle offerings with MediHealth acquisition

Conifer Health Solutions, a provider of business process solutions for healthcare providers, has acquired MediHealth Outsourcing, a revenue cycle consulting and outsourcing company.

Tampa, Fla.-based MediHealth specializes in providing healthcare information management business process and consulting solutions to hospitals and healthcare organizations. Its services range from outsourcing a hospital’s entire HIM department to interim/temporary staffing services for coding and clinical revenue cycle staff.

They also provide operational consulting services for electronic health records and Meaningful Use preparedness, as well as Recovery Audit Contractor audit defense.

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Dallas-based Conifer plans to offer all of these HIM services as stand-alone solutions for hospitals and healthcare systems and as part of its revenue cycle management solution.

“With this acquisition, we have significantly strengthened Conifer’s ability to assist hospitals and healthcare providers with healthcare reform including the upcoming ICD-10 implementation and execution,” said Stephen M. Mooney, president of Revenue Cycle Solutions at Conifer. “(Our) comprehensive revenue cycle management services will now include operational responsibility for all of the clinical and financial functions pertaining to the capture, management and collection of net patient revenue for hospitals and health systems. We also believe expanding our HIM and clinical revenue cycle offerings will make us more competitive in the marketplace and is an important part of our long-term growth strategy.”

Conifer intends to retain MediHealth president Paula Lawlor to lead its consolidated HIM organization. It will also add MediHealth’s 12 employees to its existing staff.

Conifer Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation.