The first thing to realise about increasing a fee is that you CANNOT increase a fee for all your surgical episodes nor can you increase a fee every time you perform a surgical episode.
Having said that it is possible on occasion to request an uplift in fee under certain circumstances. The question of time taken, however, to perform the actual episode is not in itself the first reason to request an increase in fee. All insurance companies WILL consider a request to increase fee but the time duration of the episode is not the place to start.
It is the “what, when & how to ask” that are the most important items to consider.
What, for example, may be defined as a 50% increase in the stated fee. Do NOT merely ask for a 100% increase in fee because the probability is that you will not get it!
When? The “when” may be defined as asking for an increase to be considered BEFORE an invoice is submitted.
How? This may be defined as having the correct information in order for the increase to be considered.
When MHM is asked to request a 50% increase in fee MHM asks its client to supply the following information:
a. The precise details of why medically the consultant feels his fee should be increased. In other words, a written explanation from the consultant as to why the episode was more complicated than anticipated. The consultant is also asked to provide a copy of his/her theatre notes.
b. Details from the anesthetist who provided his/her services during the episode
c. Copies of correspondence from the Hospital detailing the original schedule i.e. time allocated etc.
MHM will then call the insurance company concerned and advise them a fee increase is being requested. It will tell the insurance company a fee increase from say £500 to £750 is being requested. It will advise the insurance company all the information is available and ask to where the supporting documentation is to be supplied.
Only then will an invoice be raised and submitted. It is then a question of checking the invoice every single week to ascertain the status of the invoice. This may take up to 30 days.
By following the above process MHM has on numerous occasions obtained an increase in fee for its clients.
Without following the process, it would not be obtained.