For a small practice, the idea of introducing data measurements to improve profitability may not seem like an affordable idea. But if your practice can make more money by engaging in data management, then the end result would seem to justify the added expense. Economics experts always say that the profitability is in the numbers and that holds true for medical practice billing as well.
By using data and measuring important metrics, a small practice can improve performance and increase pay from pay-for-performance carriers and Medicare. Data can also show medical practices how to better serve patients and cut down on any issues.
Understanding The Potential Of Medical Billing Software
According to Kevin Heubusch writing on the AHIMA.org website, one of the reasons data is not being used to help practices is that there is a lack of understanding on the part of small practice managers. Collecting and analyzing data can show a small practice where it is being reimbursed at a lower rate than it should be and help increase profitability. But practice managers are hesitant to institute ways to collect data because they are simply not educated on the benefits.
Data Can Improve The Quality Of Service
The Physicians Practice website tells us that collecting and analyzing data can help a small practice to increase its level of care, which improves the level at which the practice gets paid. Data can show how treatment is improving patient conditions over time and data can also point out any areas of treatment that need improvement.
By analyzing the available data, a small practice can see what it needs to do to improve its level of service. Insurance companies have indicated that a pay-for-performance payment system is on the horizon. With that, small practices need to analyze data now to be prepared for these coming changes.
Reducing Fraud Helps Honest Practices
PracticeSuite points out that collecting data helps government agencies and insurance companies to find instances of healthcare fraud that are dragging down the entire system. By analyzing data to identify the practices that continually try to cheat insurance companies out of funds, fraud experts can help lower the costs of healthcare in the United States and give honest practices a chance to earn more revenue by putting the fraudulent practices out of business.
PracticeSuite can make it easy for practices to gather and analyze data to improve their profitability and performance. Sign up for the free version of the PracticeSuite cloud-based software system and see for yourself how easy it is to collect and utilize data that your practice generates every day.
Last Updated on May 8, 2015