Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Rosalie Cain
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.
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.
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.