Many patients have higher deductibles with their medical plans today than they did in the past. This means they have an interest in paying closer attention to the medical claims they receive. While many healthcare providers provide payment options intended to help the patient, before challenging a medical bill there are some key issues to keep in mind.
First you will want to ensure that you clearly understand all the charges. This means you may need to ask for a detailed bill, showing every service performed by your provider. The line item bill should also clearly indicate others the provider relied on for services such as lab results.
When you don’t understand a charge, it’s time to reach out to the provider. Start with a phone conversation to see if the office staff or the doctor can explain all services indicated on the statement. In many cases, this conversation can resolve concerns quickly.
In more complex situations, it may be necessary to follow up with other specialists either by phone or in writing. In that case, make sure you have thorough notes about your initial conversation. Be sure to note the name of the person you speak with, their position, the date and time of each call.
While you should pay close attention to your financial ability to pay for the care you have received, you will want to arm yourself with clear factual information prior to disputing a bill. Most healthcare providers want to provide quality of patient care at a competitive price.
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Physicians and healthcare providers are continuing to invest in the use of medical claims software systems. According to a survey conducted by the consulting firm Software Advice, they are doing so to increase efficiency for medical staff and for their patients. The survey found that 35 percent medical claims software users indicated that they are investing greater amounts in their systems than in previous years.
One major reason is the desire for mobile access to patient information. Medical billing software partners are able to keep up with technology and provide patient portals for prescribing medication, managing lab results, and communication. While many still access data from a desktop computer, it is possible to access information from laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other portable devices.
In addition to the improved access to patient information, the medical records are more easily read. Legible patient data is a simple way to prevent common errors in claims submissions. Even a misspelled patient name can cause a claim to be rejected, costing several weeks or months to make the correction. This means you receive payments from the insurance companies faster.
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Most healthcare providers spend years learning how to build a successful medical practice and focus on providing top notch patient care. Yet, sometimes ignored, medical claims, is an extremely important component of your business. Billing challenges can slowly drain your financial outcomes and become a serious distraction for office staff.
The business side of your healthcare practice can be improved substantially with the implementation of a medical claims software. Working with a billing partner allows you to remain focused on patient care, while they handle the burden of worrying about insurance companies rules and constantly changing coding standards. It’s a cost effective way to ensure your claims are paid in a timely manner without the hassle.
The addition of a highly trained customer support team through a medical billing partner also saves money that you would spend on the ongoing education of your staff. The healthcare industry as a whole is changing. You’ll gain the security of knowing you can rely on an experienced, trusted team of representatives to ensure your billing practices are current.
Even the smallest mistake on a claim submitted can cause an insurance company to reject the claim. Your practice loses time and productivity while your staff works to correct, resubmit, and wait for claims to be accepted by the insurance payer. This process can take several months before you receive payment.
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Claims can be returned for a variety of reasons. The most common cause for a rejected claim is missing or inaccurate information. For example, errors in patient data such as the date of birth, age, sex, address, or name will cause an immediate return. Then there is provider information and insurance identification numbers, which can be easily and unintentionally misrepresented.
When the insurance company payer receives a claim, they check to make certain the patient is covered by the policy and all treatment codes match the appropriate diagnosis. Sometimes preauthorization records, referring physician identification numbers, or evidence of medical necessity is left incomplete.
The use of a medical claims processing software ensures all required information is included in the claim, prior to submission to the insurance payer. The software will catch any obvious errors such as missing or invalid information easily. The best way to increase claim payments is through prevention, submitting a clean claim the first time without any errors.
A medical billing software solution is well worth your investment. Apex EDI wants to simplify claims processing for you, so you can get paid faster. Contact Apex EDI to watch a free demonstration of our software today.
After a medical claim is submitted, the insurance company determines their financial responsibility for the payment to the provider. This process is referred to as claims adjudication. The insurance company can decide to pay the claim in full, deny the claim, or to reduce the amount paid to the provider.
When an insurance company decides to reduce a payment to the provider, they have determined that the billed service level isn’t appropriate for the diagnosis or procedure codes. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all claims submitted for payment are coded accurately.
As soon as an insurance company receives a medical claim, they begin a thorough review. Sometimes even small errors such as a misspelled patient name may cause a claim to be rejected. This delay prevents you from receiving payment while corrections are made.
When claims are submitted electronically, the software can help prevent errors such as incomplete or inaccurate information before it is submitted for payment. This helps increase the speed at which you can be reimbursed for services.
Once claims are received by the insurance company, the review continues with detailed analysis of the insurance policy. Some claims are even checked manually by medical examiners who examine medical documentation to determine if procedures are medically necessary.
When the claim has passed through the review process, it can finally be paid. Having a claims processing partner, like Apex EDI, to prevent errors in claim submissions helps you get paid quickly. Contact Apex EDI to watch a free demonstration of our software today.