There are several important factors that practitioners should consider when assessing the medical billing systems available on the market today. While there are many systems available today, they are each unique with some subtle twists that differentiate each other.
Let’s take a look at some of the features available in medical billing software systems that may be important to your practice.
Do you need a planner or are you planning appointments through your EMR?
Is it easy to schedule more appointments for patients?
Can you create discrepancy reports to identify patients who had an appointment but who had not processed any fees for these visits?
Can you check the validity of each patient’s insurance without having to leave the software?
Can you create the patient billing card with the demographic and policy data returned by the payer? This significantly reduces data entry load and also reduces errors.
Can the system import patient demographics and upload data directly to the billing software, eliminating the need to manually enter this data?
When these charges are imported, are they scrubbed for real-time billing errors?
Is there an automatic built-in scrubber to audit each service line against billing rules to alert the user of billing errors that are likely to result in a payer rejection?
Are the scrubber rules constantly updated as the rules change and new rules are introduced so that your Nephrology billing software is always up to date?
Electronic transfer advice:
The most advanced medical billing systems can automatically receive electronic transfer advice in the software. Can the software you evaluate do it?
Can the system automatically assess most transfers and automatically forward the remaining balance to the next payer?
Iridium Suite’s receivable accounts allow you to perform all AR functions directly through the AR screens without requiring the user to print paper reports.
The Receivables area facilitates the following:
Prioritize ARs according to the factors you choose.
Create priority “buckets” based on your own criteria (aging, paying, days since last touched, dollar amount, etc.).
Assign these AR buckets to system users based on their strengths.
Visit payer websites directly from the Iridium Suite to inquire about specific unpaid service lines.
Resume service lines directly from the Accounts Receivable area.
Assign AR responsibilities to employees based on their expertise.
Work insurance and patient ARs through the same module.
Iridium Suite facilitates acceptance of notes for each interaction with a payer or patient. These notes are associated with the service line (s) and are permanently stored in the system for future reference.
Unlike many practice management systems, Iridium Suite’s premium reporting is included in the price of the system.
Easily configurable templates allow the user to analyze data in virtually every imaginable way.
Users can save “favorite” reports and the system automatically creates them and emails them scheduled to the user and other interested parties.
Iridium Suite’s “Todo” feature allows users to create tasks for themselves or others.
Tasks appear as pop-up reminders when the intended user logs on to the system on the assigned day for todo.
The Todo feature facilitates easy and clear communication within practice or between practice and billing service.