Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Lessie Larson
The same can be said of a sample contract. If nothing bad ever happens the sample contract is fine. But if a problem occurs it may not work out so well. When starting your new business no one wants to think about things going wrong but unfortunately in this business things do go wrong and we all need to be covered by a comprehensive contract when this happens. It may not be anything you did wrong and it may not even be anything the provider did wrong but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. If you do use a sample contract and then two years later find yourself in court with a former client you are going to wish you had looked into writing the contract a little more. Just having a contract doesnt cover it. You need to make sure the contract is very specific to your company.
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.
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.