Oncology is the study of cancer, and if you specialize in this area, you know cancer treatment can be complex and time-consuming for both the doctors and the patients. If you would like to streamline at least part of your oncology practice, here's why you might want to outsource your medical oncology coding and medical billing process to a third-party provider.
Time is of the Essence When Treating Cancer
Your patients are obviously under a timetable when seeking cancer treatment. You ideally will want every one of your doctors, nurses, and secretaries at the ready to make the process for every patient as smooth as possible. When you outsource your medical billing and coding so that your own doctors or assistants don't need to worry about it, everyone within your practice can stay laser-focused on the next step of the treatment process, continuing to operate with a sense of urgency thanks to not having additional billing paperwork to worry about.
Make Eligibility and Verification an Easier Process for Your Patients Without Bogging Down Your Own Employees
For many patients, there's a lot of homework involved before they can even begin cancer treatment. They might need a referral and then will need to meet certain eligibility requirements before they can even begin seeing you. Some medical billing and coding firms can also help with the onboarding process and make sure that the potential patient meets all requirements and will be covered by their insurance provider before they start seeing you. This is another way you'll be able to ease the workload of your own employees so they can stay focused on patients who are already on board with your practice instead of spending time trying to qualify someone who might not be eligible for whatever specialized treatment your clinic or practice offers.
Rules Regarding Coding and Health Insurance Can Change Over Time and You Need to Make Sure You Do Things By the Book
The federal government has changed healthcare laws in the past and they may change how things work again in the future. You might have new requirements for what you are allowed to bill or there could be guidelines about how you are supposed to code a certain treatment when submitting to an insurer. When you outsource this task to a third-party expert, you can rest easy knowing you are doing everything by the book and you won't have to waste time trying to stay up to date on the latest laws and regulations regarding medical billing and coding.
For more information on medical oncology coding, contact a company like Oncology Convergence Inc.