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Attention U.S. Physicians and
Have you been searching for an outsourced solution for your practice management? Are you concerned about finding the right medical billing staff or company for your specialty? If you answered YES, we have the answer for you. PMRNC has been providing U.S. medical billers and practice managers with educational resources since April of 2000. Our subscribers receive a free listing within our billing center listing area at http://www.billingcenterlist.com. The subscribers listed here are billers and or consultants who specialize in a particular area of specialty.
PMRNC has maintained a very strong voice in the U.S. Industry on the dangers of U.S. medical practices outsourcing overseas. Our listing area here for specialty billers, in addition to our state by state listings at www.billingcenterlist.com are only medical billers and medical billing companies within the United States and utilize only in country business processing.
Aside from the obvious ideology that we need to keep work here in our own country, there are many other important factors providers should consider when they are contemplating outsourcing to offshore medical billing companies.
Can you oversee
day-to-day operations of offshore medical billing
Offshore outsourcing companies will always come in with a price that will likely get the attention of most healthcare providers, there is no denying that, Reasons for lower pricing are simple. Offshore workers are far less trained in the complex details of the US Healthcare system, and are MORE likely to create costly billing mistakes, which could end up costing your practice a lot more than just money. Another thing to consider are your patient's. Will the majority of them be satisfied speaking with someone overseas about their medical information here in the U.S? Will they appreciate not being able to speak with a representative they can't understand? Will they appreciate the fact that their personal health information is across the continent? I am guessing the majority of patients would NOT appreciate it at all.
Offshore medical billing companies cannot appreciate the responsibilities we have here in the US, there will always be communication issues, language barriers and increased risk of compliance issues which could literally end a provider's practice. Consider your practice and most of all consider your patients.
Although a practice or billing company may outsource it's business
processes, they are ultimately responsible for privacy. When outsourcing
within the united states a company will present and sign accountability
with a Business Associates degree. Offshore companies are not held
accountable to US laws. They are merely a cost savings benefit to the US
healthcare provider or billing company. Their compliance may be indicated
but is not necessarily "mandatory" in it's outside US boundaries.
Physicians should ask, is the risk worth the savings? The answer is
Over the last few years there have been a few bills introduced that would, not kill offshore outsourcing, but certainly regulate it and make it more difficult for businesses to do business overseas, however those bills seem dead in the water. We can continue to watch U.S. proposed legislation that would help stop this risky business and protect patients privacy, we can also continue to educate U.S. Healthcare providers on the risks they assume by offshoring their medical practice's most important procedures.
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