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Chargemaster Description Master (CDM)Review and Analysis

American Hospital Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association’s best practices recommend hospitals to review their chargemaster annually in order to determine areas of potential risk exposure and keep their pricing competitive with peers.

Kraft Healthcare Consulting’s chargemaster services provide a detailed “scrub” and analysis of the hospital’s current CDM, identifies areas for improvement and provides recommendations based on those findings. Furthermore, the Chargemaster is compared to the charges for peer facilities in the local community, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state and nation.

The chargemaster review includes a detailed analysis delineated in the following reports: 

Deleted Codes CPT Revenue Code Mismatch
Unlisted Service or Procedure DRG Charge Comparison
Codes not using AMA CPT 4 Standard Descriptions APC Charge Comparison
Duplicate Drugs and Supplies Comparison to Zip Code Charges
Price is Zero or Null Comparison to MSA Charges
CPT Codes with Different Prices Comparison to State Charges
Descriptions with Different Prices Comparison to National Charges
CPT Codes with Different Descriptions Full MSA, State and National Comparison Crosswalk
Prices Below Medicare Reimbursement Rates Comparison to Medicare allowable rates
Missing Codes  


Our consulting team includes reimbursement and operations consultants with healthcare accounting backgrounds as well as coding and compliance consultants to help improve your revenue cycle. Our typical engagement includes an on-site meeting to present and discuss our findings with your management team. The final product for this service includes bound reports for each member of your management team and an electronic version of the information for further analysis of the data. In addition, our coding and compliance team is available to assist with ongoing CDM, billing, and coding consultations as regulations change throughout the year.