At Scripps, we have spent the past three years implementing full costing on HPM for our 5 hospitals along with our affiliated physician organization which includes over 20 specialty clinic sites and 718 physicians. We enlisted IDEA Consulting Group to assist with the design, set-up, and rollout of our costing, and feel that their help has been indispensable and invaluable. IDEA was also instrumental as part of the interface planning and testing team, utilizing their knowledge of the required data model to ensure we included the most timely and relevant data into HPM. Thanks to IDEA's involvement with our project, we feel we now have a Cost Accounting system that covers both Hospital and Physician data that has opened up tremendous analytic capabilities for our entire organization, something that is necessary in the healthcare environment today.
We feel that their combination of technical knowledge, real-world hospital experience, and a willingness to work and train our staff as part of “our” team are what makes IDEA unique and special among consultants. They have also kept the project moving forward, even while our internal financial staff was frequently pulled away to other projects and priorities (e.g. Budgeting).
Lisa Otte, Director, Budget and Cost Accounting, Scripps Health