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How To Collect Medical Billing Claims From Insurance Companies

May 26, 2008
Physicians have always had to juggle the tasks of their office. Often, small practices could not afford to hire an office staff and the physician would have to do it all; see patients, make appointment, and fill out and submit medical claims to insurance companies. The problem was physicians would rely on the payment from the insurance company and if a mistake were made the claim would be rejected, leaving the physician to start all over again.

In today's technology based workplace, a physician does not have to do everything him or herself. There are companies who have specially trained professionals to assist you in your billing needs, giving the physician more time to spend with patients.

Medical billing today is an integral part of healthcare. Healthcare providers understand that medical billing is a serious part of the medical practices financial status, as do the medical billing companies that process their claims.

Medical billing is the process of collecting fees for medical services. It is a highly specialized field that requires special training. Medical billing is an important part of a medical practice because it is the one thing that can hinder payment from the insurance company and put the practice into financial crisis.

Handling medical claims in the office could lead to financial hardship if the insurance company finds any mistakes and rejects the claim.

A medical billing company specializes in billing for any type of medical facility. The can process claims infinitely faster because all claims are filed electronically. This means that the claims are paid in days instead of weeks or months.

Many medical practices hire a person to file their medical claims; the problem with this is that all of the "I's" need to be dotted and the "T's" need to be crossed or the insurance company will reject the claim and the process will start all over again. This can create a huge problem if more than one claim is rejected.

Medical billing companies track each claim to insure that it is accepted and to make changes should mistakes occur. The claim is resubmitted electronically, and what used to take months now only takes hours.

Many medical practices need to have employees who can multi task, when medical billing is involved, it requires total concentration and attention to detail. This often means that a practice will have to hire an additional person to do the medical billing. It is an added expense that any practice can do without with they hire a medical billing company. Often, the cost of using a medical billing company is less than a full time employee.

The success of medical billing is astounding. More than ninety percent of all claims are accepted on the first submission, allowing medical practices to receive payment for their services much faster then any other method.

One of the biggest advantages to medical billing is that anyone in the medical field can use medical billing services. Dermatologist to Phlebotomist can use medical billing to submit their claims.
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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