On the final day of HBMA’s 2017 Compliance Symposium, a few of us at The Valletta Group had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress to discuss various healthcare issues. It’s no secret that healthcare policy is currently in a state of volatility. In times of heated debate such as this, often only the most serious and divisive issues receive attention. Unfortunately, this can cause lesser-known, yet equally important issues to get overlooked.
Thus, the time is critical for RCM companies like ourselves to further relationships with our leaders and stand up for the policies that protect our clients and their patients. So when The Valletta Group and other HBMA members visited Capitol Hill, we spoke up for these lesser-known, bipartisan issues. These are the policies that help ensure a level playing field between insurance payers and physicians/patients.
Two of these issues are discussed below.
The Valletta Group’s Executive VP’s, Gilbert Johnston and Cal LaGroue, meet with United States Senator, Luther Strange.
One of many recent changes to the healthcare business is the shift in cost-sharing between insurers and patients. Just a few years ago, many physicians were reluctant to spend resources following up on delinquent patient payments. Such payments constituted a very small percentage of physicians’ reimbursement, so physicians didn’t worry much about it.
However, as insurance plans have diversified, costs have shifted and patient bills have grown. And physicians are justifiably more concerned with the timely collection of patient payments. The Valletta Group has procedures in place to address this growing need for physicians in the medical billing industry. Continue reading…