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A practice’s entire business depends on a billing company that can properly bill and collect for the practice’s services.
Many physician groups use an outside billing service to assist in collecting fees for professional services. However, it is not unusual for physicians to become unhappy with their billing company for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the billing service agreement that physicians enter into often are poorly drafted, vague or overly favorable to the billing company. Physician practices should make sure to seek legal help when negotiating a billing agreement in order to be sure the terms are as fair as possible. Some possible issues to consider are the following:
A practice’s entire business depends on a billing company that can properly bill and collect for the practice’s services. For this reason, it always is worth the time and effort to review a billing agreement carefully, negotiate for favorable termsand have it reviewed by knowledgeable counsel.
Ericka L. Adler, JD, LLM has practiced in the area of regulatory and transactional healthcare law for more than 20 years. She represents physicians and other healthcare providers across the country in their day-to-day legal needs, including contract negotiations, sale transactions, and complex joint ventures. She also works with providers on a wide variety of compliance issues such as Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, and HIPAA. Ericka has been writing for Physicians Practice since 2011.