Billing Company Charges

November 1, 2005

Is there a chart available that will itemize the usual fees a service bureau charges?

Question: Is there a chart available that will itemize the usual fees a service bureau charges?

Answer: Fees are usually based on a percentage of actual collections. This percentage will vary according to the size and specialty of the practice.

The following are fee percentage ranges for various specialties, according to the Healthcare Billing and Management Association (previously the International Billing Association), a trade group of billing professionals:

  • Radiology 8.5% to 13%
  • Anesthesiology 5.3% to 6.5%
  • Pathology 9.5% to 10.5%
  • Surgery 3.5% to 7.5%
  • Emergency Medicine 10% to 13%
  • Primary Care 10% to 15%