The team here at Healthy Bytes is sometimes asked whether, as a non-U.S. citizen, the process of undergoing credentialing and contracting with health insurance companies would be different than undertaking it as a U.S. citizen. While this question may not apply to many of you, there are students and entrepreneurs who hold U.S. visas that allow them temporary residency but not citizenship. How does this impact their ability to accept insurance?
Think about where you conduct the majority of your nutrition counseling visits – are they at your office, an MD’s office, or perhaps your home office? Do you conduct home visits or see clients via telehealth sessions?
Did you know there are approximately 100 different location codes for use when filing claims?
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?
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?”
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!