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Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Services Texas, TX

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

Maximizing your office’s efficiency and cutting your costs are some of the priorities of our medical billing and coding specialists located in Texas. Like everything in Texas our database of Medical Billers and Coders is huge in texas, these billers cater to various specialties and software exposure.

With extensive medical billing knowledge coupled with their years of experience, they help providers and practices in and around the state to maximize their reimbursements and minimize their costs.

Our billing professionals are present in major cities in Texas such as Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth. Some of the services they provided are:

  • Data entry of all charges
  • Submission of electronic as well as paper claims to both primary and secondary insurers
  • Accurate ICD-10 and CPT code audits
  • Payment postings after receiving from insurance companies as well as patients
  • Excessively customized Monthly financial reports
  • Comparing payer fee schedules and updating your practice about it

The state of Texas is known for its clean claim law which is considered to be one of the most helpful and powerful in terms of clean claim violation and can make the payer to pay billed charges. The law states that the payer has to pay a clean claim within 30 days, with the option of 45 days if the claim is not submitted electronically, thus our Texas billers will be able to reduce your AR days noticeably.

Our professional billers in Texas are trained to handle all aspects of Revenue Cycle Management which specially includes denial Management and helps you recover rejected claims by appeals and resubmission of claims.

Our Billers in the state of Texas are specialized to service 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 Texas 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 Texas 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.