Bill Sample / December 7, 2018 / Erica Harper
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.
Indeed samples are a great way to simultaneously give the client a specific set of options which in turn makes billing that much easier while maintaining control over your time and schedule. And when you consider that the time saved can be used to take one jobs that are perhaps more custom in nature (and thus cost more) then you can see that sample business proposals are an excellent idea. Not only that but it allows you get get through each project before the actual deadline which will result in more repeat business as well as a greater level of "word of mouth" marketing which is the best form of marketing for a business. Sample business proposals then are an integral part of your successful business and will allow you to grow your business that much quicker.
If you dont include the responsibilities of each party in the contract how does it protect either of you when the relationship starts to fall apart? And if neither party knows their responsibilities how can you expect that the relationship will work? Here is an example. You specify in the contract that it is the obligation of the providers office representative to supply you with all the payment remittances but you are not getting them which is causing you to do a lot of extra work in contacting the insurance carriers to check status on claims that were already paid. It is upsetting to spend three or four hours calling insurance companies to find that the claims were paid but the doctors office missed sending you the eobs.