GAITHERSBURG, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DecisionHealth LLC, and its parent company, UCG, LLC, have announced the acquisitions of Contexo Media and Dorland Health, from Access Intelligence, LLC, of Rockville, Md. The combined entity becomes one of the largest providers of revenue cycle management guidance and tools to healthcare businesses nationwide.
“The product portfolios of our companies complement each other wonderfully,” said Jerry Okabe, General Manager of Contexo Media, who joins DecisionHealth as Vice President. “Health facilities, practices, agencies and students now have one place from which to get state-of-the-art tools for medical coding, billing and the entirety of their revenue cycle.”
The combination of DecisionHealth, Contexo Media and Dorland Health comes as demand for healthcare services is increasing exponentially given rapid growth in the U.S. population and extended life expectancy. With the cost of care rising as a result, insurance payers, led by Medicare, are demanding greater coordination of care among healthcare providers, as well as greater specificity to explain the health services provided and that they were medically necessary.
To that end, on October 1, 2014, the U.S. healthcare market will adopt ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, a system of 67,000 medical diagnoses codes that’s five times larger than what’s used today by providers. As a result the need among providers for essential coding and billing guidance is increasing dramatically.
“We think this is a great time to be expanding our footprint in the market for business information services for healthcare providers,” said Steve Greenberg, President of DecisionHealth. “Contexo Media and Dorland Health offer a strong product line, great customers and a talented team of employees, all of which we are excited to add to our organization.”
In acquiring Dorland Health, DecisionHealth now is positioned as a leading publisher of premium content and training for care management professionals and providers migrating to new, more efficient service delivery models as the industry shifts from fee-for-service to a system rewarded on quality, wellness and outcomes.
“DecisionHealth appreciates the growing information needs faced by our customers, and the importance of actionable guidance and high-level training that drives both patient outcomes and the financial health of payers and providers,” said Carol Brault, Publisher of Dorland Health and Contexo Media, who joins DecisionHealth as Vice President. “This is unquestionably an outstanding strategic fit for both the Dorland Health and Contexo Media brands, and an opportunity to better serve our growing customer base.”
About DecisionHealth and UCG
DecisionHealth has been providing information, guidance and tools to healthcare businesses for more than 25 years. Its publications, software and educational events help providers with issues impacting their revenue cycle – from patient intake to coding, billing and denials management. DecisionHealth publishes Part B News, Home Health Line and numerous specialty coding newsletters, known throughout the industry as “Pink Sheets.”
It is a unit of UCG, LLC, a diversified business-to-business publishing company headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md.
About Contexo Media, Dorland Health and Access Intelligence
Contexo Media, based in Sandy, UT, has provided procedural and diagnostic coding books, software, eLearning, and educational workshops for medical practices nationwide for more than a decade. Dorland Health publishes Case In Point, an industry-leading resource for professionals who serve in the case management industry, and is home to the Professional Patient Advocate Institute.
Both were formerly owned by Access Intelligence, LLC, (www.accessintel.com) -- a portfolio company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson -- a b-to-b media and information company headquartered in Rockville, Md. It produces industry-leading publications and conferences for the media, PR, cable, operating room management, defense, chemical engineering, satellite and aviation markets.