Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Daphne Pope
Contracts are kind of like insurance you dont need them until theres a problem. But when there is a problem its a relief to have one. There are really a lot of areas that you need to make sure you are covered in and a contract is really the only way to do that. When starting a medical billing business there are many things to think about and writing a contract is just one of them. There are many expenses in getting started and most of us just starting out dont want to spend our limited investment money on an attorney. So what do many of us do? We "google" sample medical billing contract and use what we think sounds good and make up a contract for our business. That can be a big mistake. Thats what we did sixteen years ago when we started our business except there was no "Google" then.
Indeed samples are a great way to simultaneously give the client a specific set of options which in turn makes billing that much easier while maintaining control over your time and schedule. And when you consider that the time saved can be used to take one jobs that are perhaps more custom in nature (and thus cost more) then you can see that sample business proposals are an excellent idea. Not only that but it allows you get get through each project before the actual deadline which will result in more repeat business as well as a greater level of "word of mouth" marketing which is the best form of marketing for a business. Sample business proposals then are an integral part of your successful business and will allow you to grow your business that much quicker.
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.