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Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing Medical Billing

Written by S.O.

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

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When it comes to the healthcare business, it is not all about short-term financial gain, but about long-term investment that is associated with time and patient care. The long-term return on investment would be higher if you are taking care of all three important factors: money, time and patient care.

You should take these factors into account when making your business decisions, especially if you are thinking about outsourcing your medical processes. It is important to note that outsourcing can help you save money, but you should make your decision carefully. Before you make a decision about outsourcing a process like your medical billing, you should critically analyze how it would affect your revenue, patient care, and time.

If you have started a new practice or are managing a small practice or if the billing process is complex, you can outsource it because hiring full-time employees to do the billing can create administrative and financial burdens for you. Moreover, the recruitment process can take much of your time, energy, and money.
Below are the pros and cons of outsourcing your medical billing:

Pros

· Outsourcing your medical billing can save you money because it is relatively less expensive. If you have just kicked off your new business or if an employee has just left, then outsourcing your medical billing makes sense.

· Outsourcing your medical billing can make the process transparent. Your medical billing contractor can provide you detailed performance reports as per contract or whenever you may request. This will enable you to keep eye on your billing operations without micromanaging any full-time employees.

· Outsourcing your medical billing can also enhance consistency of your operations because the contractor will be legally responsible to carry out certain services like appealing denials for you with a good degree of success. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about hiring staff because the contractor is there to support your operations according to the provisions of the agreement.

· You can fully concentrate on service delivery instead of worrying about billing, meaning that the quality of your medical services can boost as a result of outsourcing your medical billing process.

Cons

· Outsourcing your medical billing can make it tough for you to transfer control of the process to the contractor. You may be required to provide a certain degree of training to the contractor before completely handing over the system.

· Medical billing contractors often take a percentage of their collections, meaning that the more money you make, the more you’d be required to pay your contractor. The costs and revenues can vary from month to month, making it difficult for you to forecast the budget.

· There are often certain hidden charges on the outsourcing contract, so it is important to read it carefully. For example, fees for printing and mailing reports and statements can increase the cost.

If you have decided to outsource your medical billing, be sure to clearly communicate to the contractor your expectations from the service and put the same on the contract. The roles and responsibilities of both parties should also be clearly defined if you want to get maximum benefit out of this opportunity.

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