Healthcare delivery in the United States of America has come a long way from cash-based to insurance-backed. Currently, over 85% of the nation’s residents have health care plans either through employers’ private pools, private companies, the veterans’ health administration, the children’s health insurance program and Medicare/Medicaid/TRICARE. While insurance payers (whether Federal or private) essentially cover health risks of the insured, they differentiate themselves with their respective restrictive operational requirements. The impact of this restrictive payment environment is such that health care providers are increasingly finding it difficult to procure their payments on time. And, with the Federal Government inclined to make health insurance mandatory, care providers’ only hope is to find a way to deal with multiple regulatory insurance payers.
Unlike United Kingdom and Canada, which have single-payer system, US is characterized by Federal and Private Payer systems. And Federal system is again sub-divided into Medicare/Medicaid/TRICARE.
The majority of insured Americans receive their health care (insurance) coverage via a private insurance company. Currently in the country, 59.3% of all insured Americans have coverage through private insurers. These private insurance holders can once again be classified under:
With so many variants of private healthcare policies, healthcare providers usually have a hard time understanding and billing with private payers. The stress is so much that it is actually started to impede their clinical efficiency, which is their main concern. There is a whole lot of stressful restrictions that providers will come across, such as:
Though dealing with Federal Payer system is relatively less difficult, providers have to deal with state-specific rules that govern Medicaid/Medicare:
If understanding multiple payer system and their respective restriction constitutes half of the battle, billing and coding in ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010 Version will constitute the other half. But, providers, with their clinical efficiency at stake, would do well to assign these operational issues to external billing consultants.
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