FY17 Research Rates for MUSC Health Services: Effective July 1, 2016

Please review message below in regard to research billing.

To:       Principal Investigators and Research Professionals
In order to simplify the calculation of research rates, effective July 1, 2016, all hospital research charges will be calculated using a single discount rate based on the hospital’s Medicare outpatient collection rate. The FY17 research rate will be 19% of the gross charge. For example, if the charge master rate is $100, the research charge would be $19. Each year we will recalculate this percentage, update research rates and invoice accordingly. Please note, there is no change in the research rate methodology for professional (MUSC-P) charges. MUSC-P will continue to provide services at the Medicare reimbursement rate for research studies.
Please keep in mind that, depending on the service or procedure and/or the location where the service is provided, there may be both hospital and professional charges incurred for services. Surgical procedures (e.g. appendectomy) often involve numerous charges (supplies, anesthesia, medication, etc.) and these charges are difficult to estimate. The SCTR SUCCESS Center at 843-792-8300 will work with you to calculate a cost estimate based on historical claims data.  All other proposal pricing for research will be obtained through SPARCRequest (sparc.musc.edu).

Thank you for your patience and support as we institute the new rates.

Stephen A. Hargett, MS, Chief Financial Officer / Controller, MUSC Health
Kathleen T. Brady, MD, PhD, Vice President for Research, MUSC
Patrick Flume, MD, Assistant Provost for Research Compliance, MUSC

SPARCRequest New Release: Version 1.7.0

SPARCRequestlogoHi Everyone!

The SPARC team has just released SPARCRequest v.1.7.0. Please review the attached document for a list of changes. In this production release, we have combined the previous SPARCAdmin and Dashboard into the new SPARCDashboard module. Please see the attached SPARCDashboard Step-by-Step Guide for a high-level introduction. Feel free to reach out to the SPARC Team if you have questions or wish to request training.

Check out the link below!

SPARC New Features and Fixes SRv.1.7.0

SPARCDashboard Step-By-Step

For more information, please contact the SUCCESS Center:

Email: success@musc.edu

Phone: 843-792-8300

External Affiliate NetID – Active June 1st

Starting June 1st, 2016 there is a new process for external SPARCRequest (as well as  eIRB, CITI Training, and REDCap) users. All external users will be required to request the new service, External Affiliate ID, in SPARCRequest to initiate the process. The External Affiliate Net ID Service can be found under SCTR (see screenshot below). Take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with this new process (see slides here).

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Once an Affiliate Net ID has been obtained, users will then login via the “MUSC External Affiliate” button (see attached screenshot).

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For more information, please contact:

Leslie Bell

Email: bella@musc.edu

or

The SUCCESS Center

SUCCESS@musc.edu

843-792-8300