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Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS

Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS is symplr’s credentialing / privileging consultant, with more than 25 years’ experience working as a consultant with medical staff office, administration, and physician leadership teams in hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide. She developed the privileges and threshold criteria content for the symplr privileging database. Her primary focus area is the development of core privileges and threshold criteria for special procedures, as well as the quality of the credentialing process.

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Quality | Privileging Software | OPPE | ICD Codes | ICD-10 | Privileging | CPT Codes | Healthcare Provider Credentialing

ICD-10 Codes Help Deliver Quality Healthcare

By: Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS
July 6th, 2017

The integration of ICD-10 codes throughout your organization is essential in not only meeting requirements for billing, but more importantly, provides insight in delivering the highest level of “quality healthcare.” Understanding the ICD-10 codes, and how they can impact all of healthcare, is a necessity for any healthcare professional services provider.

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Privileging Software | Software Solution | OPPE | ICD Codes | Privileging | Healthcare Provider Credentialing | Provider Privileging

Profiting from a Privileging Software Solution

By: Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS
November 20th, 2014

The Problem Hospitals have an obligation to administer superior care to patients that can only be achieved with qualified physicians who are properly privileged. This can be quite complex in a hospital-system environment, as privileges do not necessarily carry across the entire system; creating an overwhelming and staggering load for staff.

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Allied Health Professional | Privileging | Healthcare Provider Credentialing | Provider Privileging

Privileging AHPs - What Are You Missing?

By: Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS
August 14th, 2014

Did you know Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) make up approximately 60% of the healthcare workforce?1 That’s over 6 million providers of the 11 million in our healthcare workforce with more than 85 distinct occupations exclusive of physicians and nurses.2 AHPs are experts in a multitude of therapeutic, diagnostic and preventative settings that include everything from disease prevention to rehabilitation and they, like physicians, need to be granted privileges to work in a healthcare setting.

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Privileging Software | ICD Codes | Privileging | CPT Codes | Healthcare Provider Credentialing | Provider Privileging

Meeting The Standards Of Provider Privileging

By: Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS
October 17th, 2013

Does your privileging system and process meet The Joint Commission (TJC) Standards? It’s important to note TJC doesn’t recognize the concept of core privileges nor do they recommend any specific format.

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Quality | Privileging Software | OPPE | ICD Codes | ICD-10 | Privileging | CPT Codes | Healthcare Provider Credentialing

ICD 10 Codes Will Drive Quality in Healthcare

By: Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS
March 14th, 2013

Integrating ICD 10 codes throughout your organization is essential in not only meeting requirements for billing, but more importantly, can provide insight in delivering the highest level of “quality healthcare”. Understanding the ICD 10 codes, and how they can impact all of healthcare, is a necessity for any health care professional or medical services provider.

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Medical Staff Services | Software Solution | Privileging | Healthcare Provider Credentialing

Technology: A Privileging Process Solution

By: Julie Costa-Bickmore, CPCS
July 31st, 2012

Managing the Privileging Process Nothing will close a Medical Staff Services (MSS) department down faster than privilege requests that are behind the approval process. Managing a privileging process using paper reminders and copies of documents (that may or may not be current) is burdensome on medical staff.

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