Bill Sample / December 7, 2018 / Wendy Gamble
You need an understanding with your providers as to when you are going to be paid for your services. Doctors are often not the best businessmen and are sometimes not very good about paying bills on time. Especially when you are first starting your business it is vital that your provider understands when you expect payment and that you have something well written to protect you if you end up with someone interpreting the language of your contract in court. Each year you are in business you find additional things that need to be added to your contract. New situations arise that you realize should be covered in your contract. So how do you cover everything that needs to be covered? You need a list - actually several lists. You need a list of what you feel the providers responsibilities are. You need a list of what you feel your responsibilities are.
All the better if he or she has some experience in the medical billing field. You can save money by preparing carefully before you meet with your lawyer. Start by making a list of things you want to cover in your contract. List all of the services you will be providing and how you charge for them. In addition to how you will charge you will want to list how and when you expect to be paid. Add the providers responsibilities to the list. List how you will receive the patient and claims information and what information you expect from the provider. Other terms you will want to cover are what happens if you dont get paid how either party can terminate the contract and what happens when you do term. There are really a lot of important issues that you need to cover - many potential situations to think about.
You want to imagine a symbiotic relationship with your providers and then list the reasons this relationship works and put those actions in your contract as responsibilities of yourself or the provider. You need a list of everything that you have ever heard of going wrong in a medical billing business between the provider and the biller. You need to decide how you would avoid those situations if possible and cover how it would best be handled in your contract if unavoidable. What you are charging your provider and how you will get paid is a fairly important part of your contract. Are you charging a percentage a flat rate or a per claim fee? Is it clearly defined how you are charging? Is the percentage on what is billed out or what is received? Are patient payments included? If charging per claim what constitutes a claim? Is it a line on a claim form or is it per page? You also need to take into account what will happen when the relationship ends.