Many insurance companies are moving away from paper checks and toward electronic reimbursement. A provider typically has to have access to a payer’s online portal in order to successfully manage the claims filing process. We learned that many of you still opt for paper checks for a variety of reasons. Which do you prefer?
Congrats! You’re set up with the Healthy Bytes platform, ready to partner with us to tackle your billing and reimbursement. At Healthy Bytes, one of the most often-asked questions we hear after you’re set up with the platform is, “I’m ready to find clients; what are referrals and how do they work?”
A dietitian recently asked us why she might be covered for nutritional counseling under a health insurance plan’s HMO (health maintenance organization) and not a particular PPO (preferred provider organization) – or vice versa. “How am I supposed to find out which plans I’m covered for under each insurance company’s offerings?”
We know that accepting insurance on behalf of your clients can be daunting. But once you get familiar with the system, you’ll feel like a pro! Or – don’t worry about navigating the system, and leave the work to us. To get you started, we are answering a few common questions that we hear from you via email, phone and when we chat with you in person at conferences. We want to address these today so that you’re more comfortable with the insurance lingo and landscape.
If you have your sights set on accepting insurance in 2019, now is the time to start the contracting process with insurance companies! That’s right. It could take approximately six months’ time to get fully contracted as an in-network provider. There’s no time like the present—get a jump on being able to see more clients and help them meet their nutrition goals starting in January!