Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Rosalie Cain
Billing performance measurement is an integral part of medical practice billing process and a prerequisite to effective practice management. Systematic measurement becomes mission-critical with growth of billing complexity or outsourcing of the billing function. Traditional billing metrics are limited in scope and focus on claim submission process ignoring process imperfections on the insurance (payer) side. Modern computer technologies allow both productive measurement and effective action by the disciplined billing office to improve claim submission and payment processes. Using appropriate metrics helps improve policies and procedures shorten revenue cycle reduce patient complaints improve financial performance and compliance increase cash flow reduce bad debt identify areas of potential growth improve employee morale increase productivity and reduce costs.
You need an understanding with your providers as to when you are going to be paid for your services. Doctors are often not the best businessmen and are sometimes not very good about paying bills on time. Especially when you are first starting your business it is vital that your provider understands when you expect payment and that you have something well written to protect you if you end up with someone interpreting the language of your contract in court. Each year you are in business you find additional things that need to be added to your contract. New situations arise that you realize should be covered in your contract. So how do you cover everything that needs to be covered? You need a list - actually several lists. You need a list of what you feel the providers responsibilities are. You need a list of what you feel your responsibilities are.
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.