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Stephen O'Connor

By: Stephen O'Connor on February 1st, 2013

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Does My Practice Need Online Medical Billing Software

Medical Billing / RCM | Practice Management

online medical billingAs business continues on into the 21st century, applying new technology to day to day operations becomes essential for a company to compete. Billing and collections in particular can be a nightmare for any type of business, but with the high costs and potential for privacy violations, medical billing is an even trickier situation. For that reason, it is recommended to use an online billing software or service that specifically caters to medical practitioners. 

Benefits of Online Billing

The primary benefit of using dedicated software for online billing is that a portion of running your business becomes much more efficient. Because the billing is run at a higher efficiency, your business becomes much more likely to actually receive its payments, thus resulting in an increase in revenue. It also results in less time involved in paperwork, freeing up staff members to focus on other tasks. Finally, in a digital, online format, the billing information becomes much easier to use for analysis of your business in the future.

Issues of Online Billing

As with any storage of medical information, be sure to check and doublecheck that the software solution you select is up to par with HIPAA standards. The medical software company should be thorough in making sure that their software complies with all standards.

After regulations, the largest issue in beginning to use an online billing system is the initial cost of purchasing or creating the software. Creating the software from scratch is most likely beyond the scope of most small to medium businesses' budgets, but there are Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) companies that are already prepared to apply their product to a new business.

Key Takeaways:

  • Updating the way your company does business can have a dramatic impact on revenue.
  • Online medical billing software can streamline the collections process for medical practices of any size and specialty.
  • The main benefit of the software is increased billing efficiency, which leads to the following additional benefits: increased revenue, less employee time spent on billing, fewer billing errors, and better information for use in business analysis.
  • The main downside to beginning to use the software is the investment cost. This can be mitigated through the use of SaaS companies that charge monthly fees.
  • Be thorough when investigating HIPAA compliance for any software you use in conjunction with your medical practice.

About Stephen O'Connor

As a Director of Digital Marketing at Advanced Data Systems Corporation, Stephen spends his day's planning, writing, & designing resources for the modern healthcare professional. He has a strong affinity for snow crab legs, the ocean, and Rutgers Football.