Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Lessie Larson
Have you ever taken your car to the shop and said "Gee I dont have money to pay for that new transmission. Can I float you a loan?" or gone to the supermarket and said "Sorry I dont have enough money for this cart full of food. Can I pay you later?" It sounds harsh but veterinarians have businesses to run just like everybody else. And too many with good intentions and big hearts have gotten burned by offering "credit" or "payment plans" to non-paying clients. The result? Its virtually impossible to find a veterinarian willing to offer services today with payment tomorrow. Lets face it quality vet care isnt cheap. Think about it though--would you want it to be? Because if it was cheap--Id be worried. Because it would be your pets health that had to suffer! So how can pet owners save money on their veterinary bills? Pet insurance is one answer but there are many other tips that pet owners simply dont know about it.
When we started our Medical Billing Service in 1994 there was very little information available on medical billing services let alone medical billing service contracts. In fact some of the information indicated that you really didnt even need a contract if you didnt want one. That couldnt be further from the truth! Having a contract for your Medical Billing Service is very important to protect both you and the provider. Many new billing services ask us for a sample contract or a copy of our contract. Using a sample contract or somebody elses contract is not a good idea. It would be like taking somebody elses will whiting out their name and writing in yours. The only time it will hurt you is when you die and then your family could be in trouble.
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.