Acronyms are a great way to reduce the time it takes to say something.  VersaBadge is a great way to reduce the time and cost associated with completing the CMS cost report.

Below are answers to some of the questions you might have about VersaBadge.

What makes VersaBadge superior to other RTLS products when it comes to real time location accuracy?

Traditional RTLS products are very costly and rely on technologies like ultrasound, infrared and WiFi to determine location. These technologies present problems within the context of a hospital where issues like signal bleed interference, broadcast lag times and line-of-sight make it near impossible to obtain complete, accurate data.  VersaBadge avoids these issues by leveraging Bluetooth technology which is lower cost, uninterrupted, and substantially more accurate than traditional RTLS.

Why is VersaBadge a great solution for recording clinician standby time?

When it comes to the precise tracking of clinicians for the CMS cost report, you need a reliable system that pinpoints clinician whereabouts and constantly records data to differentiate standby time from time spent attending to patients.  VersaBadge accomplishes this by utilizing Bluetooth technology with a proprietary location algorithm and does so at a fraction of the price of other RTLS solutions. 

What are the problems with traditional methods used to assess Part-A time for the CMS cost report?

Most critical access hospitals assess standby time by performing manual time studies, timesheet analysis, or hiring 3rd parties to determine eligible time for cost based reimbursement.  These methods are both costly to the hospital and inherently imprecise.  For example, an 8-12 week manual time study has a 33-44% margin of error when normalized across a year.  As a result, hospitals frequently under-report standby time to avoid penalties that can result if CMS audits find discrepancies.  Since VersaBadge constantly records data over the course of an entire year, our data is far more accurate and defensible than other methods.

What infrastructure changes does a hospital need to make in order to install VersaBadge?

VersaBadge was designed with simplicity in mind and can generally be installed in just a few days without any major infrastructure changes. 

What kind of staff training or policy changes are required to ensure VersaBadge works as intended?

VersaBadge is designed to run in the background without impacting workflow.  For the ED clinician tracking use case, VersaBadge does require that clinicians wear their badges (with beacons installed) at all times.  We recommend that the ED have a written policy in place to communicate this requirement.

How large are the beacons and how are they worn?

The beacons are very small, lightweight and non-intrusive.  They are generally integrated with or affixed to ID badges making them virtually unnoticeable.