Billing is an integral part of running any type of successful medical practice, but how you go about billing makes a huge difference in patient satisfaction and practice profitability. Inefficient billing practices can make cash flow grind to a halt, and disorganized billing practices can making receiving payments feel like pulling teeth.
Traditionally, medical practices employed dedicated individuals to handle billing procedures, but as the health care industry has become busier and more hectic, administrative employees are often tasked with handling not just billing, but also patient registration, appointment reminder services, answering phones, booking appointments, and many other things that take the focus away from billing. This is where mistakes can be made.
What Modern Alternatives Exist?
When it comes to attempts to simplify billing, many medical professionals turn to outsourcing. There are many companies available today across the country and across the world that specialize in coding and billing, but these services can cost quite bit. On top of that, medical professionals using such services may experience a disconnect in terms of patient relationships. It can be difficult to discuss medical billing procedures when your billing company is located across the county. As such, patient relationships can be strained to the point of no relationship when using such services.
Cloud-Based Medical Billing Software is on the Rise
Instead of outsourcing to a company, many medical professionals are opting to rely on billing software designed exclusively for medical practices. These solutions can not only help to automate many billing practices, but they can also relieve stress for administrative staff who would generally be tasked with billing. Such software today often provides additional benefits as well, including the ability to keep all patient records in one secure online space, automatically remind patients of upcoming appointments, and even allow patients to access health information online.
When turning to billing software for medical practices, you’ll also want to consider cost. Remember, hiring medical staff to take over billing procedures is not only costly on the surface, but it can also cost more in hidden productivity issues. Over time, as these staff members are required to take on more and greater roles due to patient activity, numbers can fall through the cracks. When you turn to billing software, it’s less likely that your practice will suffer financial loss. You can also access not just patient data, but practice data from remote locations when you choose to partner with a cloud-based technology provider.
Contact PracticeSuite to Find Out More Advantages to Cloud-Based Billing Software
If you’re tired of losing money and patient satisfaction, contact PracticeSuite. With PracticeSuite, you can not only take advantage of the latest in billing technology, but you can also gain more time to spend concentrating on patient needs and growing your medical practice. You can even receive an unlimited free version of select services to experience the difference for yourself. To find out how PracticeSuite can help, use our convenient contact form.
Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include medical practice management and cloud-based technology.
Last Updated on December 14, 2016