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Re: Subcontractor
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2011, 08:14:31 AM »
Markland--Yes, a contractor can work in your office. My brother is an independent contractor who worked at Boeing for years. Microsoft also hires independent contractors who work in their offices (yes, I'm from Washington).  As long as the rules are followed, it works.

Linda--I got very tired of the "time-clock mentality" of some of the workers in my previous business partnership.  They felt as long as they were on the clock, they could reorganize their filing cabinet, re-label their folders, clean their desks for three hours, sit on hold for 45 minutes, etc., etc.  When I left the partnership,  I decided to do things a little differently.   So far, everyone is happy to be on the billing end, with that layer of management (me) between them and the providers (we've got some real firecrackers for clients). They appreciate the tax write-offs and having the freedoms a contractor-status brings them. I have found contractors who are certified billers/coders and are self-employed bring more of a sense of pride in their work.  I certainly am not doing nearly the baby-sitting that I was before!  I do ask for a detailed time card with every invoice.  This lets me see which providers are taking up the most time and where problems might be.  For example, we had one midwife who would call her biller and take two hours of her time with claims questions.  She would do this every week or so.  I saw the pattern on the time card, and we nipped that in the bud.  (We all work from our home offices.)  Having contractors also makes payroll a lot easier.  :-)

JYoung65--I do have my own "fee schedule" of what I'm willing to pay a contractor, based on her experience and training.  If the contractor does not have her own price, I will make an offer.  I also work with interns, but that's a whole different topic.

Kelli, what do you do about the possibility of them taking your clients? If they are Sub-Contractors they have their own contracts right?  I'm just wondering because unless you are a very very big company with an un-ended bankroll for attorney's.  Non-compete's rarely stand up in court.  It might be different though if they are offering the "non compete"..  Just wondering.  I have 1099'd a few people over the years but not for billing, I use one currently to maintain our server. I'm just thinking there's no way I could tell him "You can't go and work for another website design/hosting company" 
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Re: Subcontractor
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2011, 12:02:18 PM »
That's a risk I'm willing to take.  There is no non-compete clause in our agreement, and I am very open in my conversations with my billers about "going independent".  In ten years of working with sub-contractors, I've never had anyone take me up on the offer of becoming their own billing service (they don't want to deal with the problems, they don't want the responsibility, etc., etc).  There are plenty of providers to go around, so I concentrate on doing good work and taking very good care of my people.
Kelli Sugihara, CPMB
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