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How To Make The Decision To Outsource Your Medical Billing

by Kristen White Blogger
There is controversy regarding outsourcing medical practice billing. Most fans of in-house billing cite control as the biggest factor to keep an in-house billing team. Having your employers handling claims at your practice might seem to give you more control. However, it comes with huge costs regarding training, salary, technology, and benefits. A convenient and cost-efficient option is to outsource your billing. Given is how to make the decision to outsource your medical billing.
 
Here is the real story
 
Letting your staff handle billing is bound to give them more control. Since they get to know patients on a personal level, they might let overdue accounts slide. Perhaps they might not take certain tasks as important. It would be a recipe for disaster when your in-house billing team ignores to call attorneys. Furthermore, your staff is liable to vacation, getting sick or leaving your practice for a stellar position elsewhere. This is not a wonderful situation for the people responsible to ensure you are paid.
 
Reasons to outsource
 
Denials
 
It takes a specialized team of professionals to ensure your billing process is successful and compliant. Billing is not that simple to let someone fill in between scheduling patients and pulling out their charts.  The billing process has changed drastically with payers informing practices in time to adjust their processes. This has seen denials to rise from an average of 5 percent to about 30 percent for practices that are not prepared for the change. A higher claim rejection rate requires extensive follow up that might not be easy for an in-house team.
 
Compliance
 
To avoid collection shortfalls, it is imperative that you find best medical billing companies to ensure compliance at your practice. This is the best option to keep abreast with the changing regulations over time. A reliable agency will have a dedicated team to read bulletins, attend industry seminars and to interact with payers. This will ensure that nothing goes amiss in regards to ensuring that documentation and coding comply with federal regulations. Luckily, billing companies are cost effective since the cost of a compliance plan is divisible among various clients.
 
Technology
 
Technology is a significant cost for a practice that has an in-house billing team. Additionally, the initial cost of purchasing the payment tracking software might not be affordable to most practices. This software is necessary to ensure proper payment according to the fee schedule at your practice. In most cases, it is only professionals who can ensure accurate payment tables. Additionally, a reliable medical billing agency has appropriate tools for denial management to track and lessen causes of denials.
 
Follow-up
 
In-house billing teams are usually lacking when it comes to handling follow-up of unpaid claims. It takes energy and hard work. However, this might not come easy for your in-house staff. Hire a team of professionals to ensure you do not lose revenue as a result of the untimely filing of requirements.
 
Expertise
 
It takes a sizeable investment to attract and retain competent billing staff. This is out of the league for most medical practices. A professional billing agency eliminates the expenses regarding recruitment, hiring, and training of staff.

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Created on May 2nd 2018 05:03. Viewed 114 times.

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