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Physicians must take action and try to get paid accurately for their services.
Doctors, especially those of us in private practice, know that it often can be difficult to get paid for the work we do. Insurance companies deny claims for a myriad of reasons, often based on their own set criteria. Patients, who are facing increasing deductibles, are often upset by the system but have no one else to take aim at except those standing directly in front of them, the staff at doctors’ offices.
Along with our staff, we try to stay informed regarding all the new regulations being shackled onto us, from insurance companies as well as our government. While we may disagree with many policies, we have little choice but to comply if we want to actually get paid.
So, what can we do to be paid appropriately for our services?
Healthcare is more complicated than it ever has been before. While insurance companies face certain requirements on how and when they reimburse physicians for services provided, they quickly learn how to skate the edges of these mandates. Unless we take action and try to get paid accurately and timely for our services, their abuse will only worsen.