Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Hattie Salas
When we started we used a very simple contract that really didnt cover much at all. When situations arose that were problems our contract was no help. We had to re-write it once we had been in the business for a while and knew what needed to be covered. So where does a new billing service start when they havent been in business long? Its hard to write a contract covering all areas and what to do when you havent experienced it yet. Most new billing services are working on limited capital and dont like to spend money on a lawyer writing a contract for them. Unfortunately many new services cut corners here to save money but thats not a good idea. Your contract should be at least looked over by a lawyer if not written by one. If possible you should try to find a general practice attorney who specializes in contracts.
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.
It may be expected as when someone retires or it may be unexpected but you need to have a plan in place for when the relationship ends. It will be a much better parting of ways if you have a plan of action for how things will be handled. The whole reason for a good contract is to protect you but your contract can do much more than protect. You can weed out potential problem providers that will drive you crazy. If you are not in agreement with your providers on what each of you will be contributing to the relationship then the likelihood of the account going smoothly is very small. Dont make the mistake of skimping on an important part of your business that may save you from defending yourself in court down the road.