With healthcare organizations looking to streamline Revenue Cycle Management workflows and integrate clinical and financial data, many Oracle Cerner clients are considering RevElate, and asking if, and when, the solution will be available for implementation.
As announced in late 2021, Oracle Cerner RevElate Patient Accounting merges Millennium’s patient accounting features, including intake, scheduling, and eligibility, with Soarian’s backend for comprehensive billing, claims, processing, and adjudication.
The promise of RevElate is an integrated and scalable front-office to back-office experience with more automation and improved usability for patients, providers, and staff. As experts in all things Oracle Cerner, we have put together this blog to answer some of your questions about RevElate’s features and status.
What is the current status of RevElate's rollout?
As of this writing, BayCare Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) and CoxHealth are the beta clients implementing RevElate. Baycare completed its Pilot Site Phases as of January 2023 and will have a full rollout this Fall, while CAMC and CoxHealth are both set for Go-Live later this year.
Although no firm date has been set for a wider rollout, Oracle Cerner is anticipating RevElate to be generally available in the coming weeks.
What are the timelines and implementation considerations for current Oracle Cerner clients?
The long-term vision for Oracle Cerner is to move clients to a unified platform that integrates the company’s current suite of clinical and financial products. Millennium customers using Soarian or Siemens Invision for RCM today should understand that those solutions and their functions will eventually be subsumed into a singular platform over time.
Millennium clients with Soarian or Siemens contracts will need to implement RevElate or move from Oracle Cerner to another solution altogether. The timeline for these decisions will vary for different customers depending on their contracts as well as guidance from Oracle Cerner regarding continued support for these products.
While Oracle Cerner anticipates RevElate general availability in Spring 2023, it is unknown if/when Millennium Patient Accounting and Soarian Patient Accounting will sunset.
Clients anticipating a move to RevElate should, at minimum, begin implementation planning, inclusive of data preparation steps that can be taken in advance of an eventual project.
Because Oracle Cerner CommunityWorks customers already sit on a SaaS platform, their considerations are different. RevElate will simply roll out to these customers as a future update to the CommunityWorks solution, although timing is unknown.
How does Oracle Cerner RevElate integrate with other systems and programs?
RevElate utilizes an Integration Platform as a Service – iPaaS model that enables seamless connection to third-party vendors and outside data. The benefits, according to Oracle Cerner are:
- Scalability for complex enterprise clients.
- Automation for repetitive tasks for improved experiences.
- An open, extensible workflow framework across technologies.
How integrated is Contract Management within RevElate?
One of the core benefits of RevElate is its ability to simplify and automate various processes, including contract management. With this integration, organizations can expect reduced time and resources spent on contract management tasks. Automated workflows also allow accounting teams to identify payment variances, manage reimbursement contracts, and re-price historical claims more easily.
How should our organization prepare to implement RevElate?
To prepare for the implementation of Oracle Cerner RevElate, we recommend that healthcare organizations follow a few key steps:
- Assess the current state of your revenue cycle and patient accounting systems to determine how well they align with the capabilities offered by RevElate.
- Identify the key stakeholders and decision-makers impacted by the implementation and engage them early to ensure their support.
- Work with a trusted healthcare IT consulting firm to develop a detailed implementation plan that includes timelines, budgets, and resource requirements.
- Prepare your team for the changes ahead by providing training and support to help them become familiar with the new system.
- Work with a third-party vendor with experience in Oracle Cerner products to assist with the implementation process.
- Establish clear communication channels with your vendor and stakeholders to ensure a smooth and successful implementation.
The Oracle Cerner practice at Healthcare IT Leaders offers a deep understanding of Cerner clinical and financial systems to support your planning. Utilizing our team of Oracle Cerner experts ensures that you have unbiased, expert advice to develop and execute your RevElate strategy.
Oracle Cerner Executive Director, Mike Robin has over 30 years of industry experience including 25 years at Cerner Corporation (now Oracle Cerner), leading large-scale implementations including leading a greenfield new hospital programs and EHR and Revenue Cycle selections processes.