Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Daphne Pope
Days in Accounts Receivable (DAR) A growing number of days in accounts receivable are symptomatic of a faulty billing process. One way to determine DAR is to count days from the date of service to the date of payment for every claim and then average across all claims. A simpler way to compute average number of days in accounts receivable by taking a ratio of accounts receivable to average daily charges or Number of days in accounts receivable = (Accounts Receivable / Average Charge) x 365 This metric too depends on medical specialty patient demographics payer mix and CPT sample. Another downside is that this metric is sensitive to provider as it counts the lag time of unsubmitted claims for services already delivered.
Useful metrics must be comprehensive and simple. They must combine both complete end-to-end processes and their individual components. Metrics must be used consistently over time and compared to standards. Obviously different standards apply to different medical specialties patient demographics payers and samples of CPT codes. Medical billing metrics typically include compliance cash balances charges accounts receivable and collection ratios to help monitor cash flow. This article focuses on performance metrics. For discussion of compliance program see companion article on Medical Billing Compliance. Collection Ratios Traditional metrics include gross and net collection ratios. Both metrics are subjective to individual practice because they compare (often arbitrary) charges to (allowed) payments.
It is a good idea to try to think of everything that can go wrong in the relationship and write down your feelings about how those situations should be handled. You should be able to come up with a long list. In the circumstances of a new biller it can be difficult to know what can go wrong. It has been sixteen years since we started our medical billing business and we are still learning about new things that can go wrong. Most providers expect to sign some form of contract when using a third party service and generally expect the billing service to produce it. They want to make sure they are covered as well as the medical billing service. Going over the contract with a provider starting out with you can set the stage for a successful relationship. You can go over the terms carefully making sure the provider understands what you need to make it a beneficial partnership. Most of us when we are starting our businesses do not realize how much a good contract can affect their business.