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Payment Posting In
Medical Billing

 

At e-care, payment posting in medical billing is one of the key processes that get the utmost attention from our Operations management. The payments in lieu of claims, which are received from the Payer and Patients, are posted in the medical billing system of the client to reconcile the claim. e-care also does electronic payment posting in to the medical billing software and handles the exceptions (fallouts) manually to make sure no payment is missed. The posted ERAs are stored either in the billing system or a Document Management system (DMS) for future reference.

Insurance Payment Posting: All payers either send an EOB (explanation of benefits) or ERA (electronic remittance advice) towards the payment of a claim. The medical billing staff posts these payments immediately into the respective patient accounts, against that particular claim to reconcile them. The payment posting is handled according to client-specific rules that would indicate the cut-off levels to take adjustments, write-offs, refund rules etc.

When the client’s office delays in either depositing the Payer checks or sending the ERAs and EOBs for posting, then a negative balance prevails for that claim, which is a false representation of the actual scenario. This false representation would show an inflated AR, resulting in the Physicians not knowing exactly how much revenue is due to them.

Patient Cash Posting: There could be several reasons why the patient needs to pay a part of the expenses including co-pays, deductible and non-covered services. If the amount due from the patients is very minimal, the Provider can set a mandate for taking write-offs. If the amount is quite large, then it should be collected from the patients either prior to or after rendering the services. Patients typically pay through checks or credit cards (via patient portals) and these need to be correctly accounted against the claim to avoid any inflated AR and proper closing of the claim.