Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Services Alaska, AK
Until 1998, nurse center billing was quite an easy thing to do since skilled nurse facilities (SNFs) could bill separately for their service. Since 1998, after the Balance Budget Act came into effect, several things about how SNFs claim their reimbursement have changed. The points below will outline the changes:
Challenges of Skilled Nursing Facility Billing
Producing SNF claims as part of consolidated billing requires the knowledge of codes as also familiarity with what is covered by Medicare A and what’s not. If something is not covered by Medicare A, then it may be covered by Medicare B. The SNF has to identify that and bill it separately.
On the other hand, payment on per diem basis means a fixed amount CMS pays to SNFs under Medicare A with which SNFs pay contracted nursing service providers for their services.
Now SNFs have to produce their claim as part of consolidated billing under the Prospective Payment System (PPS)
SNFs are paid by Medicare A on a per diem basis
The state of Alaska though considered far from the mainland states is still serviced by our Medical Billers and Coders with the same level of service and integrity. Our local Alaskan medical billing specialists with more than 15 years of experience cater to multiple medical specialties.
Their expert knowledge and skilled professionalism has had many physicians from across all major cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, College and Ketchikan concentrate more on patient care. These physicians can personally vouch for the medical billing experience of these billers in Alaska. You too can experience the same expertise with your billing process with their help across these medical billing functions:
Electronic and paper claim submission
Payment as well as adjustment posting
Claims denial management
Patient statement services
Our billing specialists in the state aim to improve your cash flows by paying close attention to minor details inyour billing process requirements. They help to organize your practice and enhance efficiency in most of the practices.
Their comprehensive services in terms of claims management are specially designed to speed up the reimbursement process and shorten the billing cycle noticeably. Their ultimate goal is to maximum clean claims for your practice.
Our Billers in the state of Alaska are specialized in providing service to medical practices as per the regulations of the state government. Their knowledge and experience has been acquired by years of efforts in perfecting medical billing procedures which they now leverage to help your practice collect more revenue.
The federal government’s effort to reduce healthcare cost can only be supported by physicians in the state of Alaska by optimizing costs and enhancing revenue. Letting a specialist handle your medical billing can help you improve collections by 20%.
Accurate Coding and code audit along with timely insurance follow up and account receivables are the basis on which thesebillers in Alaska guarantee higher profitability for your clinic. Their experience in various software and certification in the medical billing processes will support your practice to grow steadily.
Nursing Facilities are exposed to the below problems-
Inaccuracy of codes applied leading to rejection of claims
Insufficiency of knowledge of items covered by Medicare A and B
Fixed or per diem payments for services not accommodating cost borne by the nursing facility adequately - given that there is a degree of cost elasticity in the range of services offered by facilities, which the fixed rates often fail to encompass
The above two scenarios expose nursing facilities to two kinds of revenue leakage: one is via rejected claims; another is through underpayment of services.
Additionally, it’s often difficult to establish that the patient required the services provided by a nursing facility and excessive time spent on non-medical activities.
Outsourcing Skilled Nurse Facility Billing to MBC
MBC has helped nursing centers both in rural and urban US (more in rural as that’s where nursing facilities are mostly concentrated) across all 50 US states, to improve their revenues by reducing reimbursement rejection rates and increasing their focus on nursing services. MBC’s billers and coders come with extensive knowledge of billing and coding intricacies so that they can take care of the entire cycle of billing and coding needs starting from identifying patient eligibility for reimbursement to accurately separating items covered by Medicare A and Medicare B. They also perform post-claim-submission follow ups to ensure timely reimbursement of payments by CMS.
Our flexible service models ensure that you can choose a solution that fits your needs and setup. We offer varied service models including in-house service model; where providers can source in-house skilled nursing facility billers and coders through the MBC job portal.
If you don’t have an inbuilt team of billers and coders nor any need to have one, our outsourced billing and coding model will suit you helping you to ship out all your billing and coding responsibilities to us, so that you can solely concentrate on delivery of nursing care. Our outsourcing model includes the entire range of billing and coding activities starting from identifying insurance eligibility of the patient to submission of claims and post submission follow ups.
Our RCM consulting model involves a thorough study of your revenue management cycle to spot areas of revenue leakage and plug them by helping reduce outdated or cumbersome processes, and assist in replacing inept software applications with new ones customized to your need and environment along with help in training people where required.
MBC’s national network also comes with local knowledge and familiarity so that we understand your operating environment and help you meet your state-and-location specific needs.