Regardless of their specialty, providers constantly find themselves searching for more time. This is especially true for Nephrologists who are traveling from different locations for their dialysis patients, treating their patients with chronic kidney disease, and trying to manage payments and billing on top of patient care. Billing can become especially tedious for Nephrologists due to having to file individual claims for their long list of dialysis patients. Nephrologists need Nephrology-specific billing to help them improve their accounts receivable, clean claims, and efficiency in their practice. With Nephrology-specific billing, providers can save their practice much needed time for other important tasks.
Three ways that Nephrology-specific Billing Will Help You
The process of having to verify a patient’s coverage can consume time for a physician’s front office staff. Failure to verify patient coverage can result in reimbursement issues. If a patient receives services without coverage, a provider then has to reach out to the patient for payment. Nephrology-specific billing should offer providers real-time eligibility. This feature ensures that a provider’s staff can verify a patient’s benefits status, copay, co-insurance, and services covered all with a click of their mouse. In just moments, the staff knows whether or not a patient is eligible for services.
Electronic Claim Submission
Filing claims for dialysis patients manually is time-consuming. One by one Nephrology providers work to file individual claims when using standard billing software. Nephrology-specific billing, like iSalus provides, understands the specific needs of the Nephrologists, offering them multiple claims submission. This tool allows providers to sort and file claims based on visit level and insurance provider. For example, if a provider is seeing 10 level 4 patients who all have United Healthcare as their insurance provider, a Nephrologist can file all 10 of those claims with one click of their mouse. The mass claim filing feature of Nephrology-specific billing software decreases time-wasted on claim submission, improves clean claims rate and decreases the number of denials. This feature is necessary due to the high number of dialysis patients that Nephrologists see in a week or even a day.
Other Features of Nephrology-Specific Billing
Nephrology-specific billing not only helps to eliminate the repetitive chore of individual claim submission or offer eligibility verification in real-time. This tool also allows a provider to increase revenue by identifying gaps in care and distinguishing between payers. With the ability to distinguish between payers who allow for mid-month billing versus end-of-month billing, providers can maximize their payments received by never letting income slip between their fingers. Nephrology-specific billing matters to Nephrology providers who are eager to get the most from their billing practices.
How Does the Software Support Nephrology Practices?
Here are some key features of what nephrology-specific support iSalus provides:
• Advanced Dialysis Tracking that allows Nephrologists to track patient rounds list and visit level, and will act as a reminder to complete the required comprehensive visit monthly
• Comprehensive Dialysis Reporting that identifies patients who have met the four-visit threshold to deliver the most efficient patient care
•Custom templates that improve your workflow whether you’re conducting an initial consult exam, treating kidney stones, or performing another nephrology procedure
• A patient portal that grants your patients 24-hour access to their personal health information and allows them to track their vitals, see their test results, send HIPAA-compliant messages to your practice, schedule appointments, make payments, and complete digital intake forms
• A mobile app that allows busy nephrologists to stay connected to your EHR and key patient information from anywhere, at any time, on their smartphoneWe recommend you search each vendor’s website to learn whether they support nephrology specifically. If that information is not available online, ask your sales contact to share screenshots of specialty-specific features, templates, workflow explanations, and other information about how they support your specialty.
The time has passed for the one-size-fits-all billing software. This is because there is no one-size-fits-all provider. Nephrologists need a Nephrology-specific billing software that tailors to the specific need of their specialty. If you are a Nephrologist and you find yourself wanting to know more about how Nephrology-specific billing software could benefit you, click here.