Take, for example, a patient who requires an injection which may be performed at a consultation.
Thus you raise an invoice for, as an example, £185 [£90 for the consultation and £95 for the injection]
Upon receipt of the invoice by the patient’s insurance company, the value is rejected. You CAN’T charge both for a consultation and an injection on the same invoice on the same day.
You can charge for one or the other but not both.
So you are paid £90 for the injection only.
What is interesting is that the immediate reaction from some consultants could well be to charge just for the injection.
That said, its already been suggested that the alternative and better way would be to have the patient attend an outpatient consultation on, for example, March 10th and then attend for the injection on March 25th.
See the patient twice in other words.
In such case the consultant CAN charge for both.
Not sure that’s in the patient’s best interests though but if the aim is to max revenue it is certainly in the best interests of the consultant.
Right up to the point the insurance company finds out.
Where it gets really tricky, is that some insurance companies WILL let you charge for a consultation and an injection at the same time.
Others will let you charge for some injections at consultation but not all injections.
Some, as mentioned, will not allow a charge for consultation and injection regardless if they happen at the same event.
And don’t forget not only do different insurance providers pay different rates for consultations.
They also pay different rates for the injection too.
Unless you check each consultation and injection episode with the insurance company concerned, you will be!
More likely you will actually undercharge at some point in time.
For example: if the insurance company DOES allow a fee for consultation and injection if you charge only for one sooner or later?
You’ll be out of pocket.