The decision to change an existing medical billing model should not be taken lightly. After all, it’s only cash flow right? Even the best case scenario involving a change to/from an in-house or outsourced medical billing model will involve some degree of short term cash flow disruption and we won’t even bring up the worse case scenario.
A health care provider’s first step is to determine whether or not his/her current medical billing model is achieving the desired financial result. Although financial analysis is beyond the scope of this discussion, the provider, accountant or other financial professional must be able to compare actual financial data to revenue and operating budgets. Assuming the integrity of the practice’s financial data is intact though accurate and timely data entry, the provider’s medical billing software should possess the capability of generating actionable management reports.
In the end, basic financial analysis will shed light on the strengths and weaknesses of the provider’s medical billing model. Some things to consider when evaluating a medical billing model: the inherent strengths and weaknesses of in house and outsourced medical billing models; the provider’s practice management experience & management style; the local labor pool; and medical billing related operating costs.
In House versus Outsourced Medical Billing Models
No medical billing model is without unique advantages and pitfalls. Consider the in house medical billing model. Approximately one third of independent health care practices utilizing an in house medical billing model experience cash flow issues ranging from periodic to persistent. The degree of action required by a provider to resolve his/her cash flow issues may range from a simple adjustment (adding staffing hours) to a complete overhaul (replacing staff or switching to an outsourced medical billing model).
The provider with an under performing in house medical billing model has a clear advantage over the provider with an under performing outsourced (also known as third party) medical billing model: proximity. An in house medical billing model is within walking distance. A provider has the opportunity to observe, assess and address – observe the process, assess the system’s strengths and weaknesses and address issues before they become full blown problems.
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