August 14, 2013 by Bill Johnson
There are thousands of medical coding companies, so the task of choosing one can seem daunting at first. With so many choices, clients may feel confused about which firm would provide with them the best possible service for their needs. But it doesn’t always have to be difficult. Here are some strategies you can employ to select the best outsourcing partner to do your coding for you.
- Take time to do your research
Finding the right partner will require some time. If you want a firm that will provide you with quality results on a consistent basis, you can’t rush the decision. You will need to compare multiple attributes of firms that you are considering hiring before you are can make an informed decision about which company is best.
- Ask around
In many industries, word of mouth is one of the best advertising vehicles. This is quite true in the coding business as well. Ask other medical professionals which company they use and what they think of its medical coding services. Inquire about things like the company’s accuracy and how it handles problems that arise. This will help you narrow down your search to good providers.
- Look at the company’s industry experience
Take a look at the experience of the outsourcing partner that you want to deal with. By choosing a firm that has a lot of experience in the industry, you will increase your chances of getting more accurate solutions, plus a staff of coders that knows how to deal with various medical practices. Companies with more experience are also more likely to have better knowledge of government and insurance company regulations.
- Consider their turnaround time
The company that you do business with should be able to provide you with the coding within your specified turnaround time. Usually, you will find this information on their website or by contacting them directly. Remember that the faster the company is able to work, the faster you will get reimbursement for your medical bills and insurance claims. The company should provide fast service on a consistent basis.
- Assess the company’s pricing structure
Different coding firms will have different pricing structures. By comparing the amounts that they charge, you will be able to figure out which company will do the best job at the most affordable rates. You should also know that dealing with an efficient company can help reduce various costs and losses on your end.