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Should you Choose Medical Billing Software or rely on the one your Medical Billing Service Chooses for you?

February 07, 2014



Medical practices need to have a quality billing software that will not only automate error-prone billing tasks and code claims properly but also help in verifying patient insurance coverage and increase payment collection.

Since a medical billing software has a vital role in ensuring whether or not a practice gets paid on time, choosing the right one is the most important decision practices will ever make. Whether you choose the billing software or you rely on the software chosen by your billing company, it should add efficiency in the core components of your practice such as:

  • Reporting
  • Registration
  • Scheduling
  • Charge entry
  • Payment posting
  • Insurance and patient billing

Challenges in choosing software of your choice:

Irrespective of the benefits, researching and choosing billing software appropriate to your practice needs can be a daunting task.

  • The choices offered by medical billing software companies can be quite overwhelming, especially for providers who don’t have sufficient time
  • The software needs to be according to the requirements of a practice as the patient workflow and billing is different for different specialties
  • Not just the software but practices also need to be prepared with upfront costs for licenses, necessary hardware, servers, setup and training if they wish to buy an on-premise system. They will also have to pay for support fees and ongoing maintenance fee
  • Decision will have to be made if you want to buy a standalone system, a system with fully-integrated billing scheduling or a system integrated with patient scheduling
  • Providers will have to decide if they want an on-premise or web-based software. They will also have to ensure that data security is being taken care of since sensitive patient data is stored and transmitted through the software
  • The software chosen by the provider should be HIPAA compliant as well

Software chosen by a medical billing service:

With so many concerns and requirements, practices find it difficult to choose software on their own due to time and money constraints. This is the reason why they prefer outsourcing their billing requirements to a billing company. This not only helps in maximizing their revenue and minimizing claim denials but also eliminates the headache of choosing and investing in billing software.

A reputed outsourced billing service has similar functional requirements to their respective provider clients; however, they require a broader more flexible system since they have to bill for clients from different specialties.

Medicalbillersandcoders.com has been offering effective billing services to practices across 50 states in the US. Our team of expert billers and coders will not just help you in adoption of software driven billing practices but also customize services like data recording, coding changes and appointment scheduling as per the needs of your specialty.

MBC strives to help practices fight challenges related to selection and implementation of medical billing software. Our team makes use of the latest, HIPAA-compliant software to handle your revenue cycle management and enhance collections.

 

Category : EMR / EHR / Health IT