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Save Money: How Outsourcing Your Medical and Mental Health Billing Can Save You Money

Aug 18, 2007
Outsourcing your mental health and medical billing can save you money whether you are a professional that has been doing it yourself or whether you have hired staff to do it.

Outsourcing your billing vs. Do-It-Yourself billing

Many mental health professionals start out their practices doing their own mental health billing. It is not a bad practice for someone in private practice to learn how to do their own billing in order to have a better understanding of the whole business. But is it really cost effective to continue doing the billing yourself after you have some clients and understand the billing process?

One thing a professional needs to figure out is how much is the professionals time is worth? If you average $100 per client session, your time should be worth at least $50 per hour. If you can hire someone to do your billing for a fraction of that, it makes far more business sense for you to spend time learning inexpensive ways to market and build your practice with paying clients, rather than to personally take care of the administrative hassles involved in billing insurance companies.

Once you find an effective biller who uses the best technology, you can get paid faster with much less time spent on billing. You can spend time building your practice and in the long run will make far more money than doing the billing yourself. To build a successful practice, you are far better off developing an efficient system for working with a good biller than to continue doing the billing yourself.

Outsourcing your billing vs. hiring your own staff:

Hiring your own staff is expensive and time consuming. You are likely to need extra office space to accomodate your billing staff. Hiring staff will require you to spend time and money on payroll and payroll taxes, as well as requiring you to comply with additional laws regarding employees/employers. To find and keep an experienced biller you will need to pay the biller far above minimum wage, and then staff retention may still be an issue.

When you use an effective, efficient medical billing service, you get the benefit of the billers specialization and experience. Your billing service learns things from other clients, not just from you and is independent enough to require little training on your part. You can hire a billing service as a "business associate" paying per claim, per service, or as a percent of what is collected. You can control your costs.
About the Author
Susan Huebert, L.S.C.S.W., practices counseling and coaching in Wichita, KS. Visit her Private Practice Marketing Club website or visit her website on medical billing to find better ways to run your mental health practice.
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