Get the details right!
I’m very much a “do it once and do it right” type of person.
As I write this I’m on hold to a particular insurance company and have been for thirteen minutes and 23 seconds. The reason I need to speak to the insurance company is that the policy number is missing from the patient’s registration form.
Written instead is “TBA” i.e. to be advised.
Where I have a BIG problem is thinking that when this patient arrived at my client’s clinic, the registration wasn’t done correctly.
If the patient didn’t have their policy details with them, then steps should have been taken there and then for the details to be obtained.
Either call the insurance company or pass a phone to the patient and have them speak with their insurance company.
In the worst case scenario, ask the patient immediately after the consultation to call with the insurance details.
I guess it was the latter case and the patient was asked to call back but has not.
WHY wasn’t the patient called and reminded?
Did the patient understand when they made the appointment how important it was that they bring their insurance details with them?
In reality, the medical secretary concerned DID make sure she called the patient. She got the details and entered them on the practice database.
Because the details still aren’t correct.
When I finally got through it was a very simple fix.
Policy number 3443956X was wrong
Policy number 3433956X was right
If you want to get paid quickly and efficiently you MUST remove any and all obstacles that prevent an insurance company from paying an invoice.
In this case £275 worth!
Don’t you like getting paid?