Finding the right technique to minimize accounts receivable (AR)

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As the healthcare industry undergoes constant changes due to government or insurance companies’ regulations and guidelines, there are numerous obstacles which they face on a daily basis in their medical billing and coding processes.

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Finding the right technique to minimize accounts receivable (AR) www.medicalbillersandcoders.com info@medicalbillersandcoders.com

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As the healthcare industry undergoes constant changes due to government or insurance companies’ regulations and guidelines, there are numerous obstacles which they face on a daily basis in their medical billing and coding processes . It is apparent that cash is the basis of revenue of any business; hence the revenue cycle management needs to be streamlined and improved for maintaining exceptional financial health. And this financial health can be readily sustained by keeping the accounts receivables (AR) to a minimum. A/R should be calculated as: The benchmark for a well performing A/R billing department is usually less than 30 days, 40-50 days is the average and more than 60 is the case where the billing department needs to revisit their A/R processes. Monitoring through weekly/monthly report generation is mandatory to measuring the performance and working effectively on the aspects required. www.medicalbillersandcoders.com info@medicalbillersandcoders.com

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Fixing A/R : Ensure that all personal and insurance information is immediately entered in the system, once the patient visits the hospital the first time. Verifying this insurance eligibility is the first step to managing A/R’s. Posting a payment policy on the website, payment of outstanding balances at the earliest and analysis of collection reports on a weekly basis can go a long way in reducing A/ Rs . Next, physicians must document all services rendered to ensure all charges are captured for coding to be done precisely. As accuracy in coding is maintained, patients tend to receive and pay bills on time, speeding up the billing cycle, consequently lowering A/ Rs . Another option to reduce A/ Rs is the online payment option, along with the ability of using credit/debit cards. This reduces errors as the payments are managed electronically and these systems generate A/R reports which are then easier to handle. Offering discounts on full cash pay ensures payment is made on time and bills are avoided. www.medicalbillersandcoders.com info@medicalbillersandcoders.com

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Maintaining Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is one of the most efficient ways to gain higher reimbursements through accurate claims, lesser denials and rebilling. Re-assess the time and responsibility of the staff as per their competency . Outsourcing could be a great way to keep A/R’s to a minimum, along with reducing frustration amongst staff, patients and physicians . Medical Billing and coding companies manage A/R’s and aid in increasing revenues by submitting clean claims and decreasing denials and rejections . They increase collections ratio, work on critical claims first, run reports on accounts past 21 days due, organize A/R’s as per number of days, value and date of service. They keep the A/R’s to an average of 25 days, and take all the necessary action to optimize revenue collections and improve profitability. www.medicalbillersandcoders.com info@medicalbillersandcoders.com

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