21st-Century Patient Collections: Implement a Point-of-Service Collections Program Now

The American Journal of Orthopedics – May 2015
by Cheryl Toth, MBA

cover_AJO_May2015_21stCenturyPatientCollections_CT-1An 8-surgeon group in the Southeast had a history of high patient receivables, the result of a long-held culture of “We’ll submit to your insurance and bill you after insurance pays.” The billing and collections staff worked in the basement—far away and out of sight of the patients who showed up for their postoperative visits owing big bucks.

In a flash of wisdom, the administrator agreed to move the patient-balance collector into a converted closet near the check-out area, and provided the information, tools, and training that enabled her to speak with patients about their balances when they came in for an appointment. In her first month in this role and location, this employee collected more than her annual salary from patients

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