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Start-up
« on: June 03, 2010, 03:16:50 PM »
Can you tell me where to find the most practical STEP BY STEP list of where/how/what to begin doing once you sign your first client?
What do you do first?  Second?  ....and so on????  Does the medicalbillinglive course give you/prepare you with this information?  Help!

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Re: Start-up
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 04:55:38 PM »
Never took the course. Have you done medical billing before?

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Re: Start-up
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2010, 05:13:10 PM »
There are general things in any business that you have to prepare for. In regards to what comes first.. that's really hard since every client will be different..we perceive it to all be the same steps, but it never works out that way.. trust me.  ???  I've seen MOST courses out there and the one I think is the best for medical billers starting their own business is www.medicalbillingcourse.com they don't just teach you the medical billing, you learn the in's and out's of setting up your business, marketing, and MORE. I have several of our members who have gone through it and gone on to be quite successful.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2010, 08:22:14 PM »
Signing your first client is exciting and scary all at the same time.  Doing the best job on that first account is key in getting more accounts.

I'm not familiar with www.medicalbillingcourse.com so I can't comment on that.  As for our two day training sessions we ask you to complete a questionaire prior to coming so that we can tailor the training to exactly what you need.  We have references you can speak to who have completed the course if you would like to contact them personally.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

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Re: Start-up
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2010, 08:41:45 PM »
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Can you tell me where to find the most practical STEP BY STEP list of where/how/what to begin doing once you sign your first client?
What do you do first?  Second?  ....and so on?

I think most of us who own our own medical billing businesses would agree there is not one cookie-cutter answer.......Prior to meeting Pay_My_Claims, a/k/a Charlene Hargrove, I never in a million years would have considered Flat Fee Billing for my clients......and my experience includes running my home-based business for 7 years in the late 90's and this year starting my new medical billing business, so.....in my opinion, take as much knowledge as you can from the experienced ones, hear them out; you may take a little from one and a little from another......and eventually, you will come into your own....what is best for you.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2010, 10:57:57 PM »
so true,  noone does it quite the same. I take from others and put my own UMPH into it!!

@ Michelle, Flat Fee is the way to go!!! Hate % based billing!!

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Re: Start-up
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2010, 03:58:58 PM »
has anyone here on the board taken this course?  I am looking to take a refresher course.

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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2010, 09:03:58 AM »
We have several members who have taken their course and do quite well!
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Re: Start-up
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010, 05:38:20 PM »
I am a biller for Out Patient services and I charge per claim. I have just started billing In Patient - Professional services and I would like to know the best way to bill these services.
Would it still be per claim? Or per patient? Per hospital stay?

Thanks,

msskenny


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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2010, 10:14:31 AM »
If they are professional services then they would still be billed the same way that out patient services are billed so the per claim should still work fine, if that is working for you.

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Re: Start-up
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 11:08:14 PM »
Hi everyone...I joined the forum hoping to gain some knowledge.  I am currently doing the billing/collections for a physical therapist and have gotten quite good at it.  She uses DBC AS/PC for software which I probably want to use as well.  My goal is to have a side business for myself doing billing but have no clue what is required in obtaining billing info from my potential clients.  Do I need to have access to their computer system to see what I need to bill for?  Do most clients fax their billing sheets to their biller? If so, does the client also fax the patient ins.info and such to the biller? I guess I'm more confused as to how the biller gets all the appropriate patient info. to bill the insurance companies if the biller doesnt have access to the clients computer. I work with DBC now and collect all this info. into one part of the program which is transferred into the billing portion of the program so I'm wondering if I had a duplicate of this program as a biller on my own, would I need to enter the same patient demographics just like the client does in order to bill?  Thanks in advance.  Mona

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Re: Start-up
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2011, 11:14:51 AM »
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My goal is to have a side business for myself doing billing but have no clue what is required in obtaining billing info from my potential clients.  Do I need to have access to their computer system to see what I need to bill for?  Do most clients fax their billing sheets to their biller? If so, does the client also fax the patient ins.info and such to the biller? I guess I'm more confused as to how the biller gets all the appropriate patient info. to bill the insurance companies if the biller doesnt have access to the clients computer. I work with DBC now and collect all this info. into one part of the program which is transferred into the billing portion of the program so I'm wondering if I had a duplicate of this program as a biller on my own, would I need to enter the same patient demographics just like the client does in order to bill?  Thanks in advance.  Mona

JMO, but I am finding it difficult to imagine this as a "side" job, not with all the ramifications, requirements, liability..etc
But anyway, to answer your question, how you get your information/source documents is really between you and the client..whatever works..there is networking, remote access, fax, messenger, mail, etc You and your client will negotiate the how's and when's prior to your contract being signed and those things will be included in the contract. 
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Re: Start-up
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2011, 02:22:43 PM »
You may also want to consider some type of FTP (File Transfer Protocol) in which key patient demographic/insurance data elements can be electronically uploaded from one billing system to another. I am fortunate to have a local technical guru who can build these interface "engines" (at a cost, of course) but it sure beats relying on faxes, couriers, copying face sheets and other labor-intensive tasks to obtain this critical information for the billing process. Plus it's fast, can be run automatically through scripting (for example, upload all patient demographic info from the practice management system to the billing system I use, at say, midnight each day) and your new patient data and/or changed established patient data is available the next morning. Of course, you have to test this process thoroughly and have a secure VPN but in the long run it can save a ton of time, especially if you're processing a high-volume type of practice. I personally hate to "re-key" something that already exists in some dark corner of an existing database!

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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2011, 03:09:11 PM »
You may also want to consider some type of FTP (File Transfer Protocol) in which key patient demographic/insurance data elements can be electronically uploaded from one billing system to another. I am fortunate to have a local technical guru who can build these interface "engines" (at a cost, of course) but it sure beats relying on faxes, couriers, copying face sheets and other labor-intensive tasks to obtain this critical information for the billing process. Plus it's fast, can be run automatically through scripting (for example, upload all patient demographic info from the practice management system to the billing system I use, at say, midnight each day) and your new patient data and/or changed established patient data is available the next morning. Of course, you have to test this process thoroughly and have a secure VPN but in the long run it can save a ton of time, especially if you're processing a high-volume type of practice. I personally hate to "re-key" something that already exists in some dark corner of an existing database!

Just curious about how much cost is invloved in FTP connection?

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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2011, 09:32:10 PM »
Just be aware that trying to get a physicians office to outsource is hard enough, but to get them to do all the data entry so that you can transmit is even harder, it's just not worth it to providers to have their staff input the information only to outsource to someone to get the same information for transmission, it's not practical nor is it a cost/savings to the provider.  Also as a billing company, I would never be comfortable transmitting data someone else has entered since it would be my butt on the line in transmission.
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