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Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Services California, CA

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

Running a medical practice in California can be quite challenging when it comes to medical billing and coding. Our billers and coders in all the major cities of California including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno can help you settle your requirements here are some of the services which our expert medical billers and coders specializes in:

  • Tracking and follow-up on unpaid claims
  • Preparing Patient statements and payment posting
  • Customizing billing reports for better control
  • Primary and secondary insurance claims filing

Value Our California Billers Bring:

Our medical billers and coders are not limited to just the big cities such as Fresno, San Francisco, and San Diego but also all other smaller cities and towns in California. Moreover our billers are compliant with HIPAA guidelines and are updated with all industry updates through medicalbillerandcoder.com. This makes sure that your practice is run in the most efficient and legally safe conditions. Our Billing specialists also ensure that your patients are hassle free and their billing queries are answered well.

The expertise of our billers is vast and includes but is not limited to Past Due Collections, Electronic Medical claim filing, Medicare Audit Protection, coding and diagnosis analysis for maximum allowable reimbursement, customized accounts receivable and revenue cycle financial analysis, electronic claims submissions, denials management and payment posting, dedicated and relentless insurance follow-up, patient statements and patient-centric support, provider enrollment support, and standardized reporting.

Our Specialties:

Our medical billing specialists are committed to improving your productivity by utilizing finest processes and health care information technology such as Electronic Medical Records. These medical billers and coders maximize your revenue, ensure timely compensation, and offer medical billing and coding services in specialties including Family Practice, mental health , pain management, Physical Therapy, radiology, Internal Medicine, neurology, orthopedic, and numerous other areas.

Our Software Experience:

The fact that physician shortage is set to quadruple in the next decade according to AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) makes it vital that physicians utilize professional and accurate medical billing and coding services. The various software that we provide in addition to the value added services mentioned above ensures that physicians are capable of keeping up-to-date with the healthcare IT sector reforms and improvements. Some of the medical coding and billing software that our billers have experience on include Medisoft, Misys Tiger, Eclinicalworks, Advance MD, GE Centricity, and Altapoint.

Difficulties & Challenges California physicians Face:

The most common challenges faced by physicians in big cities such as San Jose and Los Angeles are underperforming accounts receivables or collections and claims denial. Both these situations along with other errors may lead to decreased revenue. Our billers provide the solutions to these problems by making the denial management efficient and offering services such as integrated medical billing with EMR along with numerous other value added services like sending patient statements and processing refunds to Medicare in order to preserve your practice from RAC audits.

As a physician in California, it becomes difficult to keep track of all the changes taking place in the legislation related to your practice. This is where the expertise and experience of our medical billing specialists can be of immense help. It almost seems that payers are in the business of claim denial and can afford to make mistakes at your expense. Although the new HIPAA guidelines would ensure a smoother process, the amount of patient-doctor encounters would increase in the future making it difficult to extract time for coding, billing, claim denial and compliance with HIPAA regulations. Specialized medical billers and coders such as ours can ensure that your practice not only flourishes but is also HIPAA compliant.

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.