Medical Billing for SOT Programs

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Programs that serve survivors of torture can earn income through medical billing. While setting up medical billing is complex, it provides valuable income that can help a program to extend its reach. Medical billing can be handled in-house, or can be outsourced. This table summarizes some of the advantages and disadvantages of handling medical billing in-house or by outsourcing.

 AdvantagesDisadvantages
In-house billing
  • retaining control over your billing
  • being able to answer questions and make changes quickly
  • having a predictable return on investment. 
 
  • cost of specialized medical billing tools and technology
  • cost & difficulty of staffing
  • cost of registration with a clearinghouse
  • lack of internal support
Outsourced billing*
  • economies of scale
  • high quality staff
  • dedicated & trained specialists
  • use provider time to run successful practice (rather than to bill)
  • avoid complexities of billing (68,000 codes)
  • get paid faster
  • lower stress
  • increase in revenue and decrease in cost
  • may not pursue all outstanding balances if low
  • billers are not immediately available in your office
  • percentage paid could be higher than in-house billing department cost: evaluate to be sure

*Average cost of outsourced billing ranges from 5-10% of collections

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