Medical Billing Process
There are many steps that go into the medical billing process. You have to follow them so that everything gets taken care of. If you make one error it could really mess things up. So I am going to talk about the different steps.
The first step is to pre register the patients. In this step you would get their name and phone number and important contact information. You would also get there insurance information and make copies of it. Always make sure there contact information and insurance is correct. This is always something to take care of because it the wrong information is entered it could lead to problems. The second step would be to establish financial responsibilities. This would be verifying insurance eligibility and ...view middle of the document...
Also give them there prescriptions if any. The fifth step is review coding compliance. You are to obtain CPT an ICD 9 codes from the doctor. This has to be checked for any errors before entering into the computer. The sixth step is to check billing compliance. Each fee or visit has its on procedure code so you when enter this code. Whether it is billed depends on the payer’s rule.
The seventh step is prepare and transmits claims. Usually this is done electronically and it is acknowledgment of the receipt by the insurance company. A claim may be reimbursed for services rendered or to report an encounter to an HMO. The eighth step is monitor payment adjudication. This is where you maintain an aging report which shows all outstanding claims in columns based on how many days old they are. You would call and resubmit the claims to get paid. The ninth step is to generate patient statements. You would print the statement and mail to the patient. This would list the patient name, services provided, any payment that has been made and what is due. The last step is follow up patient payments and handle collections. The payments are checked over to see what is overdue monthly. This is when the collection process begins. You would document how many times the statement has been sent and contact them after the fourth attempt. Then they should be aware that this bill is being sent to a collection agency and let the patient know what could happen. These are important steps to follow. If someone doesn’t follow these steps things could get out of order and not filed correctly. Especially when it comes to the collection process it has to be done right.
Deutscher,Samuel. The Steps In The Medical Billing Process.August,2008.Retrieved April 24,2010.www.ezarticles.com