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How Medical Billing Services Help Save Time For Medical Practices

May 16, 2008
In the healthcare industry, physicians are responsible for more than just their patients. They have to maintain their office, pay their bills, meet payroll, deadlines and many other responsibilities. It can be mind-boggling when you think of all the responsibilities of a physician today.

One of the biggest tasks that anyone in the medical field must undertake is medical billing. This is one of the biggest headaches that they have to deal with.

Filling out paperwork for each patient that they see every day and submitting to the insurance company for billing can extend the day of a physician considerably. It is a very time consuming task and if there is a mistake on the forms, the insurance company will reject it and the physician has to start all over again. It can be very frustrating especially when insurance companies take up to three months or longer to send their payment. For small practices, it can make it difficult to meet financial obligations. They need assistance, however many physicians don't know where to turn for help.

That is where a medical billing company can be of assistance. A medical billing company is a company of trained professionals who have the experience in medical billing and dealing with insurance companies. Medical billing companies can speed up the billing cycle by filing all of your claims electronically, eliminating the process of entering the information manually. What this means is that each refund is processed immediately, and the refund is received within days instead of weeks or months.

Medical billing is available to everyone in the medical industry, from a Dermatologist to a Brain Surgeon. Whether you have a big practice or small, using a medical billing company will allow any physician more time to spend with patients and less time filling out paperwork. With a medical billing company, there are fewer mistakes, thereby fewer rejections. Using a medical billing company will also allow physicians to establish new patients for their practice.

Medical billing company personnel know the latest laws, rules and regulations in medical billing and because of the nature of their business, most likely have special relationships with insurance carriers and that can speed up the process.

Medical billing companies can be found everywhere. It is a rapidly growing industry. However, it is a good idea to research each company that you are interest in. It is critical that you ask certain questions in the interview process to insure that you will be choosing the right medical billing company for your practice.

How fast are claims expedited?

What type of software is used?

Do they offer follow up to unpaid bills?

Do they stay current with all of the new regulation?

Is all information confidential and secure?

These questions require answers, and if you are not satisfied with them, move on to the next company on your list.

It is important to find a medical billing company that can handle your business needs. It is equally important that they offer a revenue return policy and that is has a high success rate.
About the Author
Peter Geisheker is CEO of The Geisheker Group marketing firm. One of the types of clients that Peter helps are medical billing companies
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