EMR Expert, Nitin Chhoda, Reveals New Information on Medical Clearinghouses to Assist Clinicians in Collecting Fees Quicker

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Medical clearinghouses are the middlemen of the healthcare industry, acting as traffic directors to ensure reimbursement claims arrive at the correct insurance company. Electronic medical record (EMR) expert, Nitin Chhoda, has revealed new information to assist practitioners to decide if they want to contract with a medical clearinghouse.

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Chhoda noted that clearinghouses begin by scrubbing claims to ensure they’re error free. If a problem arises, they send the claim back to the clinic to be corrected.

Clinicians don’t have to contract with a clearinghouse, but the organizations do facilitate the claims process and work with multiple providers. “Clearinghouses expedite payments and many insurance providers require their claims to be submitted through a clearinghouse,” said Chhoda. “Clinicians who don’t contract with a clearinghouse will be severely limiting their revenue opportunities.”

There are dozens of clearinghouses, http://intouchbillerpro.com/, in locations throughout the U.S. They’re the first stop in the reimbursement process when claims leave a practice. Chhoda noted that clearinghouses begin by scrubbing claims to ensure they’re error free. If a problem arises, they send the claim back to the clinic to be corrected. Clean claims are routed and transmitted via an EMR to the appropriate insurance company for payment.

Submitting claims through a clearinghouse with EMR technology allows practitioners to collect their fees quicker, eliminates the need for paper records, and increases productivity throughout the office. Physicians who contract with a clearinghouse will be charged a fee for their services. Those charges can include expenses for the start-up, a flat monthly fee or a per-transaction amount.

Chhoda named the following as the top 10 advantages of contracting with a medical clearinghouse.

  •     Obtain patient insurance coverage and eligibility verification before treatment begins;
  •     Provides secure transmissions that are HIPAA compliant;
  •     Online access 24/7 to edit and correct claims in a matter of minutes instead of days;
  •     Electronic claim submission, individually or in a batch;
  •     Status reports and tracking of all claims;
  •     Analysis of claims that are rejected, denied or contested;
  •     Provide printed claims when necessary that can still be tracked electronically;
  •     Works with multiple insurance providers;
  •     Electronic remittance deposited directly into clinic accounts in as little as 10 days.

Clearinghouses offer clinicians features that significantly reduce the wait times for payments and allows practitioners to work with a greater number of insurance providers. They provide a cost-effective means of revenue cycle management that increases office efficiency and productivity. Chhoda’s new data on the advantages of clearinghouses provide clinicians with key information they can use to determine if contracting with a clearinghouse is in the best interest of their practice.

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and “Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics” and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.

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