Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Lessie Larson
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.
You want to imagine a symbiotic relationship with your providers and then list the reasons this relationship works and put those actions in your contract as responsibilities of yourself or the provider. You need a list of everything that you have ever heard of going wrong in a medical billing business between the provider and the biller. You need to decide how you would avoid those situations if possible and cover how it would best be handled in your contract if unavoidable. What you are charging your provider and how you will get paid is a fairly important part of your contract. Are you charging a percentage a flat rate or a per claim fee? Is it clearly defined how you are charging? Is the percentage on what is billed out or what is received? Are patient payments included? If charging per claim what constitutes a claim? Is it a line on a claim form or is it per page? You also need to take into account what will happen when the relationship ends.
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.