Charge Master

The hospital’s charge description master (CDM) is a master file built within hospital information systems, and designed to interface with other software applications or systems to support government-mandated standard billing requirements. It contains data elements such as charge descriptions, billing codes, pricing and many other necessary data elements. It is a comprehensive listing of items billable to a hospital patient or a patient’s health insurance provider. It is often described as the “backbone” of reimbursement.