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Best Medical Billing Services: Our Recommendations

Best medical billing service reviews
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Medical billing services remove the arduous task of revenue cycle management (RCM) from busy medical practices and place it in the hands of experienced professionals. However, with so many different medical billing services out there, how can you know which one meets your standards? After all, it is the financial health of your business you are entrusting to a third-party. With something so intricate and consequential as medical billing, you need to be sure the service you partner with will deliver quality results.

To help you choose the best partner for your RCM, Business News Daily reviewed the best medical billing services for medical practices. Here is a roundup of our best picks for 2018 and an explanation of how we chose them.

Editor's Note: Looking for a medical billing service? If you're looking for information to help you choose the one that's right for you, use the questionnaire below to have our sister site, BuyerZone, provide you with information from a variety of vendors for free:

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Drchrono is our best pick for medical billing services for small practices, because it combines an affordable price and complete software suite to deliver full healthcare IT capabilities for the cost of a medical billing service.

Drchrono's pricing ranges from 4 to 9 percent depending on the specifics of your practice and your needs, typically falling around 6 percent for most practices. Included in that cost is access to Drchrono's electronic health record software. There are no additional setup or clearinghouse fees associated with the service, which is based on annual contracts. Drchrono employs a dedicated account manager support model and offers implementation teams to help get your practice off the ground when first outsourcing your RCM.

For practices that want to retain some billing functions in-house, Drchrono offers a hybrid plan that allows practices to scale their RCM. For more information about Drchrono's medical billing service, see Business News Daily's full review here.

AdvancedMD is a slightly more expensive solution than others, but it includes a comprehensive service that incorporates fees into one simple percentage of net collections. Pricing varies depending on monthly encounters, number of providers, and a pre-specified minimum depending on a practice's level of need.

Its medical billing services are covered by annual contracts that guarantee a first-pass claims approval rate of 95 percent, which is exceptionally high. AdvancedMD achieves this rate by utilizing the same software the clearinghouse uses to scrub claims, essentially catching any errors that would be flagged before submitting the claims for payment.

The service includes an implementation and onboarding team as well as a U.S.-based support team that is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m. EST on business days. To learn more about AdvancedMD's medical billing service, see Business News Daily's full review here.

Human Medical Billing is a small medical billing service that offers personalized attention from dedicated account managers at a reasonable price. Moreover, it allows for cancellations of contracts with a 30-day notice, which was an unusual benefit not offered by other services in our review.

While practices sign an annual contract with Human Medical Billing, they can terminate it for no fee if the service does not meet your expectations.

Human Medical Billing's pricing model is based on the higher monthly rate of either a $500 minimum or about 6 percent of net collections. Depending on the size and scope of a practice's needs, pricing could be negotiated below the ceiling of 6 percent, but would never rise above it.

Human Medical Billing maintains certified coders on staff with experience in a variety of specialties. There are no setup fees, credentialing fees, or clearinghouse fees; everything is included in the base price. To learn more about Human Medical Billing's services, see Business News Daily's full review here.

To determine our best picks for medical billing services, we created a list of nearly 30 reputable companies, based on other reviews and customer feedback. From there, we eliminated vendors that had higher-than-average pricing, restrictive contract requirements, or failed to respond to initial requests for additional information.

That left us with a list of 10 finalists, from which we chose our three best picks. Those finalists included AdvancedMD, athenahealth, CareCloud, ChartLogic, Clinical Info Solutions, Drchrono, Human Medical Billing, Iris Medical, NueMD, and Talisman Solutions.

To determine our best picks, we considered the following criteria between our 10 finalists:

  • Pricing: How did the service's pricing compare to others in our review, and was the company upfront about how their pricing model works and what is included?
  • Additional fees: Are there additional fees on top of the base pricing? Did the company explain these fees in a forthcoming manner?
  • Contract requirements: What is the minimum contract requirement? Is there an opportunity to cancel early for no fee if the service is not meeting expectations?
  • Claims process: What does the claims process look like, and what services does the company include in its pricing? Are there certified coders on staff? Will staff follow up on outdated or denied claims?
  • Specialties: What specialties does the service commonly work with, and will it tailor its process to the needs of the practice given its specialty?
  • First pass rate: How many claims are generally accepted on the first pass, and how many require resubmission or follow-ups?
  • Support: What kind of a support team can a practice expect from the service? Are there dedicated account managers that act as one-to-one liaisons for any and all questions?
  • Reporting: What kind of financial reporting can a practice expect and how often? Are reports customizable? Are they available on demand?
  • Customer service: Were customer service and sales representatives friendly, knowledgeable and upfront about the specifics of the service? Were they able to answer all our questions? Was contacting the correct representatives straightforward? Was there a long wait time for assistance?

Editor's Note: Looking for a medical billing service? If you're looking for information to help you choose the one that's right for you, use the questionnaire below to have our sister site, BuyerZone, provide you with information from a variety of vendors for free:

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Here is a full list of medical billing services we reviewed. This alphabetical list includes our best picks (which are denoted with an asterisk).

*AdvancedMD – AdvancedMD is our best pick for medical billing services for large practices. With a 95 first-pass claims rate and access to AdvancedMD's full healthcare IT platform, it is a strong choice for a practice looking to outsource its revenue cycle management. advancedmd.com

Athenahealth – Athenahealth's billing service, athenaCollector, boasts a first-pass claims rate of 94 percent and employs a rules engine that learns from all other providers in athenahealth's network. The company aims to get practices paid 6 percent more and 32 percent more quickly. athenahealth.com

Auctus Group – Auctus Group is focused on medical billing for plastic surgeons and dermatologists. It is unique in that there is no mandatory minimum contract and practices can cancel services at any time. auctusgroupconsulting.com

BillingParadise – BillingParadise offers a revenue cycle management service that works with several different leading electronic health record systems. The company maintains seven specialized teams to focus on each aspect of the billing process. billingparadise.com

CareCloud – CareCloud's revenue cycle management services include a fully integrated electronic health record and practice management platform as well as a 97 percent composite claims resolution rate. The company typically works with longer-term contracts but can accommodate annual clients. carecloud.com

ChartLogic – ChartLogic's medical billing service includes a highly detailed patient insurance eligibility check and coding assistance from certified coders on staff. Chart Logic will also help your providers through the insurance credentialing process if they are not yet credentialed. chartlogic.com

ClaimCare – ClaimCare's revenue cycle management team aims to boost collections by 10 to 20 percent and offers 24/7 insight into billing operations through a reports dashboard. It includes a claim-scrubbing process that reduces errors prior to submission. claimcare.net

Clinical Info Solutions – Clinical Info Solutions medical billing service includes patient insurance eligibility checks and a free cloud-based practice management software. The company can also use your existing practice management software to provide billing services if you prefer. clinicalinfosolutions.com

CRT Medical Systems – CRT Medical Systems offers a comprehensive revenue cycle management service that includes financial analysis and recommendations as well as collections from delinquent patient accounts. coronishealth.com

CureMD – CureMD is a medical billing service that serves more than 32 specialties. It is aimed at collecting 6 percent more, 35 percent faster and includes an automated rules engine that scrubs claims for common errors. curemd.com

*DrChrono – DrChrono is our best pick for medical billing services for small practices. It offers a comprehensive service and complete healthcare IT suite at a relatively inexpensive price. DrChrono offers a hybrid service model for new practices that are ramping up but want to retain some of their billing operations in-house. drchrono.com

eClinicalWorks – eClinicalWorks medical billing service includes a proprietary rules engine for claims scrubbing, which covers coding, clearinghouses and insurance payer policies. It boasts a low 2.9 percent cost of net collections; however, that is in addition to a fixed monthly rate. eclinicalworks.com

GroupOne – GroupOne's revenue cycle management service is built to work with any practice size across multiple leading electronic health record and practice management platforms. The company boasts a quick turnaround time and a rules engine that scrubs claims prior to submission. grouponehealthsource.com

*Human Medical Billing – Human Medical Billing is our best pick for a flexible medical billing service because although it requires an annual contract, it allows for cancellation with just 30 days' notice. Human Medical Billing is a small company with three dedicated account managers, and it offers highly personalized customer service. humanmedical.net

InSync Healthcare Solutions – InSync Healthcare Solutions offers dedicated account managers to help oversee your outsourced billing operations. Its claims submission process includes withdrawing problematic claims from a batch and revising them, allowing the others to proceed unhindered. insynchcs.com

Iris Medical – Iris Medical's billing service employs a committee-style system that has experienced staff focus on one aspect of the billing process. The company turns around claims within 24 hours of receiving them from the practice. iris-health.com

iSalus Billing Service – iSalus Medical Billing Service includes an end-to-end billing service as well as training and meaningful-use certification for 4 to 12 percent of monthly collections, depending on your practice's size, specialty, and volume. isalushealthcare.com

Kareo – Kareo's revenue cycle management services include a rules engine for claims scrubbing prior to submission, as well as a claims-tracking tool that allows you to monitor the status of your claims in real time. The company also offers a billing analytics tool, which breaks down the financial health of your practice and offers an additional level of transparency into billing operations. kareo.com

Medical Billing Professionals – Medical Billing Professionals offers several plans for revenue cycle management services with a pay per claim model, rather than a percentage of net collections. The company also includes plans specific to chiropractors, physical therapists, and mental health providers. mbpros.com

MTBC Practice Pro – MTBC Practice Pro includes a complete medical billing service with access to an integrated electronic health record and practice management platform. The process includes built-in claims automation and complete claim follow-up. mtbc.com

Nuesoft Technologies – Nuesoft Technologies' NueMD medical billing service was recently acquired by AdvancedMD. The service is highly customizable and can work with a variety of different specialties to get claims adjudicated in about 30 days. nuemd.com

Precision Practice Management – Precision Practice Management's medical billing service serves about two dozen specialties and offers custom financial reports to help clients monitor their financial health. precisionpractice.com

ProMD Practice Management – ProMD's medical billing service aims to increase collections by up to 20 percent. The company also helps providers obtain their insurance credentialing if they are not yet credentialed upon signing up with ProMD. promd.us

Talisman Solutions – Talisman Solutions provides an end-to-end medical billing service, medical coding assistance and medical transcription services. The company claims it maintains a 95 percent first-pass claims rate, making it highly competitive by industry standards. talismansolutions.com

If you’d like your company to be added to this list and possibly considered as a best pick for our next round of reviews, please email your request to: b2bconsiderrequest@purch.com.

Adam C. Uzialko

Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and Business.com, Adam freelances for a variety of outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.