Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Rosalie Cain
It is a good idea to try to think of everything that can go wrong in the relationship and write down your feelings about how those situations should be handled. You should be able to come up with a long list. In the circumstances of a new biller it can be difficult to know what can go wrong. It has been sixteen years since we started our medical billing business and we are still learning about new things that can go wrong. Most providers expect to sign some form of contract when using a third party service and generally expect the billing service to produce it. They want to make sure they are covered as well as the medical billing service. Going over the contract with a provider starting out with you can set the stage for a successful relationship. You can go over the terms carefully making sure the provider understands what you need to make it a beneficial partnership. Most of us when we are starting our businesses do not realize how much a good contract can affect their business.
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.
If you are like most people then you may have been considering ways to help cut back on the amount that you pay. Have you considered getting a free food sample of some of your favorite grocery items? We are not talking about the food samples that they give out in the store for you to taste right there. However we are talking about the countless food samples that you can order online and receive them directly in the mail. These samples can really help you to get the products that you are already using for free. You might even be surprised at the sizes that you would receive. In some cases you could actually get the same size of the item that you would have bought in the store. Once you receive the item you can scratch it off of your shopping list that week.