Eligibility

March 30th, 2009 - Codapedia Editor
Categories:   Accounts Receivable|Payments   Billing   Collections   Denials & Denial Management  
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One of the most common sources of denials in physician practices is "patient not eligible for this date of service."  The patient presents with an insurance card, the office copies the card, and stores the information.  The practice provides service, and perhaps collects a copay, and then submits the claim to the insurance.  Two or three weeks later, the practice hears back from the insurance company with a denied claim.

What can a practice do to prevent these denials?  Check on the patient's eligibility prior to providing the service.

How?

It is good practice to use one of the methods prior to every patient visit.  Paying for a software interface, and then paying a few cents/patient is probably the most cost effective, when you factor in staff time.

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