Academy of Chiropractic
Quickie Consult 1251
Office Systems 129 OS
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time. -Mark Studin 2006
"Delay Billing Practices"
Are You Creating Your Own Lien Reduction?
Have patience and empathy, others need time… Mark Studin 2020
Many doctors hold onto their bills until either very late in care or until the end of care. At that time, they send their bills in bulk as a business practice. The business strategy is to prevent the lawyer from billing the Med Pay, not realizing how much the actual bill is to avoid the complaints of perceived excessive care and convincing their client to stop treatment. They hold off from billing the carrier so an IME or Peer Review would be delayed or prevent, again perceived improper denials.
There are a host of PERCEIVED valid reasons and they all are based on F.E.A.R. [False Expectations Appearing Real]. However, the end result will be the lawyer will potentially settle the case for less based upon the lack of knowledge of your bills and get REALLY PISSED at you for deceptive billing practices. Yes, there are unscrupulous lawyers [scumbuckets], but you now have documentation to protect yourself from their billing practices.
You also have the ability to successfully rebut unscrupulous carriers to get paid. The more you rebut improper denials, the less you will get denied and the more you will get paid upfront. There is no “get rich quick” scheme, paradigm or process. It all takes time and persistence.
The best way to get paid is transparency with a VERY STRONG business infrastructure to ensure you don’t get screwed. By delaying the billing of lawyers you will erode EVERY relationship and with the carriers increase your likelihood of audit exponentially.
That deceptive billing practice in the end will PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING PAID.