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Financial Management Toolkit

Toolkit/Guide
Financial Management

Welcome to the Toolkit

The Title X Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning services and related preventive health services to low-income families. To best serve the family planning needs of low-income and vulnerable populations, Title X grantees must monitor and ensure the financial health of their agencies and networks of clinics. Establishing best practices for program management and operations is essential for financial viability.

The goal of this toolkit is to help Title X grantees  improve their financial management practices and understand the measures and sub-measures that impact an organization’s financial health in order to develop comprehensive strategies for improving revenue. The toolkit, including best practices and strategies, is intended for Title X grantees who oversee family planning service sites directly as well as those providing technical assistance to subrecipients and service sites on financial management quality improvement. Though geared toward grantees, subrecipients and service sites may also use the toolkit for their own quality improvement initiatives.

 

Illustration of a woman paying for her bill at a doctor's office.

This toolkit includes a series of training guides and complementary resources that support the facilitation of interactive learning sessions about how to implement the best practice recommendations outlined in the Financial Management Change Package. Each training guide consists of a PowerPoint slide deck with talking points and an accompanying discussion guide. The resources in this toolkit can be used in any order according to needs and priorities. Training guides can be adapted and revised as needed, and may be used to:

  • Convene staff from one or more family planning clinics for a standing meeting (e.g., monthly) to discuss each Best Practice (in order or as needed) from the Financial Management Change Package.
  • Convene a one-time meeting with clinic staff about this topic.

The toolkit walks grantees through a process to improve financial management practices, organized around the three best practice recommendations of the Financial Management Change Package.

  • Introduce financial management best practices
  • Develop an improvement plan
  • Best Practice 1: Bill the correct payer and optimal amount
  • Best Practice 2: Monitor and manage client fee collections
  • Best Practice 3: Monitor and manage payments from third-party payers
  • Sustain and spread improvements

This toolkit was adapted from a financial management learning collaborative facilitated by the FPNTC in 2017.

 

A baseline understanding of financial management best practice recommendations will be the foundation for future discussions about how to improve on related performance indicators.

Action Steps Supportive Resources

Review the best practice recommendations outlined in the Financial Management Change Package.

Financial Management Change Package

Facilitate a discussion with direct service site staff or provide technical assistance to subrecipient financial managers/staff about the need for improving performance on the financial management performance indicators.

 

Introduction to Financial Management in Family Planning Settings Training Guide

A participatory process for developing an improvement plan will ensure that staff have ownership and understand their respective roles in achieving change.

Action Steps Supportive Resources

Calculate baseline financial performance indicators. Tip: It may be helpful to focus on one measure at a time to see if changes specific to that measure impact revenue.

Financial Management Performance Report and Improvement Plan

Facilitate a discussion with direct service site staff or provide technical assistance to subrecipient staff to develop a site-level plan for improving financial management practices.

 

Develop a Site-Level Improvement Plan Training Guide

Revenue optimization begins with assuring that the correct payer is billed the accurate amount for services provided. The correct payer can be identified and billed for services by capturing information accurately during front-end procedures. Additionally, charges for uninsured clients are appropriately optimized by gathering family size and income information accurately, so that the appropriate discount is calculated.

Action Steps Supportive Resources

Facilitate a discussion with direct service site staff or provide technical assistance to subrecipients about how to implement strategies for billing (or charging) the correct payer and optimal amount.

 

Bill the Correct Payer and Optimal Amount (Best Practice 1) Training Guide

The collection of client fees for services provided can be best achieved by establishing and monitoring policies and practices on payment and collections, educating clients on these policies, and training staff. Communicating with clients about financial obligations and payment expectations is critical. When staff know about client insurance plans, as well as policies and procedures, they can have a positive impact on the fees collected at time of visit.

Action Steps Supportive Resources

Facilitate a discussion with direct service site staff or provide technical assistance to subrecipients about how to monitor and manage client fee collections.

 

Monitor and Manage Client Fee Collections (Best Practice 2) Training Guide

To receive payments in a timely manner, providers should implement processes before and after claims submission. Regular analysis of data and reports—such as accounts receivable (A/R) aging, denial reports, receivable payment trend reports, and claims receivable reports—is necessary to identify issues and develop action plans.

Action Steps Supportive Resources

Facilitate a discussion with direct service site staff or provide technical assistance to subrecipients about how to monitor and manage payments from third-party payers.

 

Monitor and Manage Payments from Third-Party Payers (Best Practice 3) Training Guide

Implementation is not a one-time activity and does not end after the first improvement plan changes are made. Using a quality improvement approach, staff should prepare for how changes will be sustained at the site, and, once successful, how to spread them to other sites in the network.

Action Steps Supportive Resources

Learn more about quality improvement approaches.

Introduction to Quality Improvement for Family Planning eLearning (Module 1)

Facilitate a discussion with direct service site staff or provide technical assistance to subrecipients about how to sustain and spread changes made to improve financial management.

Sustain and Spread Improvements Training Guide