My Top Three Assumptions when there is a knock on the office door are:
What on earth has that got to do with medical invoicing I hear you ask?
Maybe not the first two (definately not the 1st although the 2nd may have possibilities). The 3rd however is very relevant for you really need a positive attitude when you are invoicing for consultant surgeons.
All my guys (and girls) are lovely. They really put some serious hours in. They seldom seem to sleep (a throw back to being at med-school and being a “junior” hospital doctor). They all struggle with joined up writing too – I’m being serious!
It is the joined up writing part where you need the positive thinking. I once enquired of one of my clients as to why all medical professionals seem to have poor handwriting. He responded that a Doctor’s ability to write legibly is surgically removed at med-school. That works for me.
I can’t really insist my guys and gals improve their handwriting but I can and do absolutely urge them to send me the clinic lists produced by the hospital instead of writing them out again. Why re-write something when you can just fax, scan or even photostat the original anyway?
Consequently, that is precisely what they do. One even takes a photograph with his I-phone and sends me the picture. Another scans the clinic list and puts it in a secure on-line DropBox.
That leads me to have a positive outlook because I know the information I need will arrive in a format I can use to raise invoices correctly.
It also means from the consultant’s point of view once I have the data all the patient details will be checked, all the fees will be calculated and all the invoices WILL be raised. I don’t even have to attempt to read the writing.
All in all, a very positive thought.
It also allows my clients to think positively regarding when and if they are going to get paid.
In reality however I don’t for a nano-second believe in the concept of positive thinking.
You may for example, have numerous positive thoughts that it won’t rain today. You thoughts will have absolute no impact at all on the weather and you may (or may not) get wet.
What will have an impact is if you have an umbrella with you. If it doesn’t rain, you won’t need the umbrella. If it does rain, you will.
What you have done instead is PREPARED and made sure whether it rains or not, you are in a position to handle it. You have taken ACTION.
It is just the same with medical invoicing.
Don’t just have positive thoughts that all your work is being invoiced.
Don’t just have positive thoughts that you will get paid the right amount and on time.
Take positive ACTIONS to make sure your invoices are being raised to ensure you do get paid the right amount and on time.
I positively know I’m right.