Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Lessie Larson
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.
One simple idea is to bring in lab samples that you collect at home. Is your pet having a urinary problem? Try to collect a urine sample at home and then bring it in at appointment time. Your vet will have instructions on how to do this depending on whether you have a dog or cat. Its not that hard. Veterinarians love clients who bring in urine samples from their pet because it means less work for them! If urine must be collected by veterinary staff theres a chance youll have to pay for it especially if your pet wont "give it up" on his own and they have to obtain a sample using either a syringe or catheter. The price that you pay for groceries has skyrocketed lately. The cost of bread and milk has steadily been climbing over the last couple of years.
When the doctor has signed a contract that says that he will designate a person responsible for that purpose you can nicely inform the person responsible for getting you the eobs that this is such an important issue to you that it is written into the contract that the doctor signed that you are to be provided with the eobs. You can also include a provision in the contract to specify what you can do if the provider is not providing you with the eobs. Another important example is an issue you will undoubtedly run into - your payment. Many people who start this business are used to receiving a regular paycheck. When you make the move to being an entrepreneur and owning your own business you can only write yourself a paycheck if your providers pay you.