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Time Your Surgical Collections Right by Referencing Payer Contracts

Posted on 21. Jan, 2010 by in Hot Coding Topics

Find out if you’re legal in collecting patient portion before providing the surgical service.

Don’t be too hasty in collecting a patient’s copay and deductible up front.

“While in theory, the practice of collecting deductibles up front may sound good, you should check your carrier contracts to be sure you are allowed to do this before requesting the deductible amount from the patient up front. There are plans which strictly prohibit this type of up front billing, and you can cause quite a headache for your practice if you are not well informed,” warns a subscriber who commented on “Checklist: Collect Surgical Deductibles Up Front to Improve A/R.”

True, says Medical Office Billing & Collections Alert editor Leesa Israel. It is always best to check your payer contract before implementing any billing or collections practice. Every...

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