Bill Sample / December 7, 2018 / Erica Harper
Net collection rate is defined as a ratio of Total Collections and Total Charges less Adjustments. Gross collection rate is defined as a ratio of Total Collections to Total Charges only.) According to Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 1998 Cost Survey adjusted fee-for-service collections (net collections) for family practices in 1997 averaged 98.65 percent. A declining net collection ratio may be symptomatic of increased contractual write-offs or insufficient number of denial appeals. This metric is especially useful in the absence of modern computer technology when comparison of every payment to allowed amount is impossible or when appeal process of denials is too expensive. Otherwise the use of charges in defining gross and net collection metrics precludes them from productive discovery of process improvement opportunities.
This lag time roughly averages across all payers making DAR an effective comparison metric between payers for individual provider but invalidating it across multiple providers. One obvious advantage of DAR metric is its independence of charges. The averaging feature of this metric eliminates sensitivity to specific day or CPT but also hides the behavior shape of the accounts receivable curve. First-Pass Pay (FPP Rate) and Denial Rate FPP is the percentage of claims paid in full the first time upon submission (subject to federal or state timely payment regulations: 15 days for electronic submission and 30 days - for paper). Denial rate is the complementary metric to FPP rate. It counts the percent of claims that require followup and therefore cost more to process.
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