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How Medical Practices Increase Productivity

May 31, 2008
A medical practice is more than just seeing patients. It is a business, and like all businesses, it has monthly bills to pay, and employees who want their paychecks. There are many different aspects to medical practices across the country.

A medical practice relies heavily on reimbursements from insurance companies to fulfill their financial obligations. However, filling out insurance claims for hundreds of patients each week can be very time consuming. The whole process can be a very frustrating experience.

A physician must either hire someone to perform this task, another expense that can be eliminated, or do it him or herself. Either way, it can be a grueling experience for the person filling out the forms. Often, filing the forms is another headache that can leave the person feeling a huge amount of stress.

If the forms are not filled out properly, the insurance company will reject them and the whole process is started all over again and often these claims are added to the stack of claims that are pending. This can cause financial hardships for many practices, especially small ones. Even when the claim is accepted, it can take several weeks or months for the insurance company to send the reimbursement check.

Many medical practices have found that by using a medical billing company, they have increased the efficiency in their office. The staff can concentrate on other areas of office work. Medical billing services have fast and secure methods of submitting claims to insurance companies electronically. This means that the claims are no longer lost in the mail or sitting in a stack on someone's desk waiting to be put into the system.

When a claim is filed electronically, it is either accepted or rejected immediately. The billing service then will make the necessary changes and re-submit the claim. Because the claim is accepted electronically, payment is sent within days instead of weeks or months.

Another benefit to using this type of company is that the personnel are highly trained in all aspect of medical billing. They are familiar with all of the rules and regulations and when they are updated or changed.

The medical billing service will also track each of the payments to make sure that the transaction is completed and that a check was sent. They will contact the insurance company and follow up on each claim that is not processed.

This gives physicians the time they need to treat more patients and to concentrate on them and not worry about when they will receive their payments.

Any type of medical facility can use medical billing services. It does not matter how big or small, the benefits are the same for all.

Many physicians are skeptical about using this type of service, especially small ones, however, the benefits of these services far outweighs any fees that they may charge because the reimbursement time is quick and the success rate of submissions is over ninety percent. This makes it very cost efficient for any medical practice.
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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