12 Ways to Supercharge Your Practice in 2012: #2 Stop Sending Patient Statements
There are two things I’ve found over the years that medical offices have a hard time giving up.
One is the appointment book.
The other is patient statements.
My first experience with creating patient statements was placing patient ledger cards on the copier. The copies were folded and slid into envelopes and mailed to patients. Despite a bad photocopy of handwriting of several different people squashed onto skinny lines, patients routinely understood what the bill said and paid the total. That was 25 years ago.
Today the process of sending statements to patients is largely outsourced along with electronic claims, but it’s not very electronic. If we can get paid by insurance companies electronically, why not get paid by patients electronically?