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mbloom

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Carrying Software Cost
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:37:37 PM »
Is it inappropriate to change your contract to no longer include the software fee in your rate?

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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 01:12:23 PM »
I'm assuming you mean a current contract with a provider.  Does the contract specify a term?  For example is the contract effective until say June 1, 2016?  If the contract is in the current term, does it specify if and how changes can be made?  I can't advise you legally, but if you don't specify how changes may be made then you may have to approach the provider about revising the current contract.

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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 01:42:04 PM »
Your line of thinking is correct. I no longer want to offer this benefit as its adversely effecting my overhead by doing this and the patient billing for this particular client. I was going to send them a letter advising that as of xx/xx/xx date, software costs will no longer be included. I just wondered if anyone else has had any experience with that. I need to do it, but I am concerned of adverse reaction of appearing unprofessional. :-\

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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2016, 02:23:52 PM »
* OR appearing unprofessional

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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2016, 12:02:24 PM »
So currently you do not charge them a software fee but you would like to start, correct?  If you have a contract that spells out your fee and that is not included you may have to wait until the contract expires.  But this is a legal issue and I do not have a legal background.  Check with a lawyer to be safe.  My personal opinion is that if you are not charging them and you have a contract you can't start charging unless you are renewing the contract.
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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2016, 04:38:29 PM »
Thank you.

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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2016, 07:52:29 PM »
What does your contract say? If you allowed this in beginning you will want to wait until the end of the contract term provide notice and new pricing schedule.

I for one am glad to see a practice business model coming to light!!!  Let's start getting paid what we are worth and leaving thode overhead charges off the table!


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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2016, 10:28:51 PM »
Thank you!!!


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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2016, 03:23:32 PM »
Just to add to this.. IF you are the one with the software (License, access, login, etc) and then you change contract to have them maintain all costs, so too should you transfer said licensensed and support with full access.. My business practice model does NOT cover software costs at all, no support costs, etc .. BUT it's the clients license, account, etc. In other words if they were to decide to terminate the contract they would do so and "I" would be the one to discontinue the "access" to THEIR system. IMHO, you should NOT charge costs of software that are propietary to your billing company. you can build these costs into their fees, but you really can't cut them off from total control/access/licensing and expect them to pay for your license/access/control. I should have clarified that in my earlier post. I don't HAVE a particular software, I utilize the clients PM system or choice of systems.
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Re: Carrying Software Cost
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 05:40:25 PM »
Thanks for the additional information. I do need to make sure it make the switch as to where I am completely out of that piece.