Practice Collection Rates

November 1, 2008

I need to find the average percentage that doctors collect of their patient responsibility. For example, hospitals, after insurance and charity write-offs, generally collect 40 percent to 50 percent. Where can I find the comparable numbers for physician practices?

Question: I need to find the average percentage that doctors collect of their patient responsibility. For example, hospitals, after insurance and charity write-offs, generally collect 40 percent to 50 percent. Where can I find the comparable numbers for physician practices?

Answer: According to data we have from athenahealth, practices collect about 80 percent of deductibles and coinsurance. With smaller bills and a closer relationship to the patient, you’d expect practice collection rates to be better than those of hospitals. To get more data, type “self-pay” into the Search box on the left side of the Web page.