Coping Medicaid Expansion with Shrewd Medical Billing Practices

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) predicts that the proposed Medicaid expansion will bring an estimated 16 million more Americans into the health-care safety net. The prediction comes even as some twenty-six states are against such expansion.

Although the proposed Medicaid expansion would eventually weigh more on the respective states’ budgetary allocation for meeting Medicaid expenditure as soon as the Federal Government’s ceases to support Medicaid related expenditure, it is imperative that, in a Federal Setup, states follow certain measures as dictated by the Federal mandate. Moreover, Medicaid, expansion, being a pro-healthcare measure, is destined to elevate the quality of public healthcare across the country in tandem with Medicare reforms.

Coming to the composition of the Medicaid expansion, the proposed scheme opens up health insurance eligibility to all people with household incomes up to 133 percent of the Federal poverty level. Irrespective of whether you are unemployed or the so-called working poor – there can be no denial of Medicaid coverage from January 2014. This is going to be a significant shift from the current coverage which covers only low-income parents and children, and the frail elderly and the disabled. Therefore, when it comes to pro-societal issue, quality healthcare should take precedence over the rest. Quite encouragingly, some states – California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey and Washington have already started with the expansion of Medicaid programs.

While Medicare expansion is going to bring an unprecedented population under the ambit of Medicaid, physicians will have a hard time in coping up with sudden influx of patients. The situation is going to even more serious if the patients happen to be in need of specialty services as there is already a dearth of specialty-specific physicians across the state. And, with the situation requiring sometime to become ideal, the existing physicians will have to bear the additional brunt. Although the additional workload would also bring in additional revenues from Medicaid reimbursements, their medical billing practices would be put to test as Medicaid reimbursement environment has progressively become more stringent over the years. When you consider dealing with such stringent environment along with the mandatory EHR compliance that support ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010 practices, you might get apprehensive of physicians’ ability to devote quality time to patient care.

Therefore, it becomes inevitable that they seek medical billing and Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM) that would not only ensure maximization of their revenues but also elevate their clinical efficiency. Care should also be taken to analyze your prospective service providers’ credibility and competence for Medicaid-related reimbursement practices.

While you embark on seeking a suitable medical billing and Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM) provider, – by virtue of long-standing reputation as a credible and competent source for Medicaid-related billing and Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM) comprising Patient Scheduling and Reminders, Patient enrollment, Insurance Enrollment, Insurance verification, Insurance Authorizations, Coding and audits, Billing and Reconciling of Accounts, Account Analysis and Denial Management, AR Management, and Financial Management Reporting – may well prove to be your preferential recourse.