Narrowing the Choices when Evaluating Medical Billing Software
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Narrowing the choices when evaluating medical billing software

If you are in the market for medical billing software, you have no doubt discovered that there are so many different systems available today that it is almost overwhelming!
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. Narrowing the Choices when Evaluating Medical Billing Software If you are in the market for medical billing software, you have no doubt discovered that there are so many different systems available today that it is almost overwhelming! You are probably asking yourself, “Where do I even start?” With that in mind, let’s take a look at some basic features that should be present in order for a practice management system to meet your needs today and in the future. 1. Cloud-based versus in-house server based: Cloud-based medical billing systems are generally more modern and are seen as the logical replacement for older in-house server based systems. There are many advantages to cloud-based systems. First, when using a cloud-based system, the billing software provider is the one who must purchase and maintain the servers that store your information. With a web-based system, there is no need for you to take on the added expense of buying, maintaining and replacing your own servers. Also, most in-house server systems only work with PCs and therefore cannot be used as medical billing software for Mac computers. Another advantage to a cloud-based system is that the software provider is generally responsible for sustaining compliance with ever-changing billing requirements. For instance, with a web-based system you do not have to hire your own IT staff to update your billing software for ICD-10. Instead, the software vendor is responsible for updating its system for all of its users. You should also ask the vendors that you are evaluating whether system updates are included in the license fee for the software. This question can also help you pare down your list of practice management systems since many companies charge for every system update while others provide them at no additional charge. System update fees can add up quickly, making a seemingly inexpensive system much more expensive in the long run! 2. Platform specific versus platform agnostic: This brings us to another main differentiator between systems. You can eliminate many practice management systems from your list simply by determining whether the system requires a specific operating system in order to function properly. The best billing systems are “platform agnostic”, that is to say that they are flexible in allowing you to access the software through any type of computer and operating system that you choose. While you may have a PC with a Windows operating system today, in the future you may decide that a Mac computer would better suit your needs. If you do not purchase a system that serves as medical billing software for Mac as well as PCs, then your future hardware purchases will be limited to PCs only. Platform flexibility can be tricky to evaluate. Some medical billing system vendors indicate that their software works with Mac computers, but when you look a bit deeper you learn that additional third party software is required to enable billing from a Mac. It is best to eliminate practice management systems that require outside software in order to access the system from a Mac computer.

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