Health insurance is one of the main factors in ensuring when patients get their necessary medical care, where they get it, and how easily accessible that care was. People without health insurance are more likely to postpone doctor’s appointments or ignore them altogether. Insured people, in general, have the means to stay on top of their health needs simply because they can afford to.
What does this mean for healthcare providers? Only that lack of health insurance really affects their ability to dispense quality healthcare to those who need it most. In some cases, it isn’t a total lack of patient’s health insurance. Some people are covered by an insurance company that your clinic or hospital doesn’t support. In instances like those – the delivery of care is always affected.
It’s a situation that every provider wants to avoid: a patient being out-of-network. Not only does it derail caregiving, it’s also an administrative nightmare. Clinics will then have to spend precious time negotiating reimbursements with insurance companies.
Sometimes, patients booking appointments with doctors outside their coverage is due to them not understanding the plan. Another possibility is more likely: the insurance network database is out of date. It’s been reported that there are several databases list doctors accepting patients of a coverage when they don’t, and even listing incorrect doctor information.
This is a fault that lies with the health insurance providers. While clinics can’t control what policies and loopholes insurance companies find, taking some time out to update network lists can make a world of difference for patients and doctors.
TABIIB Desk now accepts insurance for patients on booked appointments. This is why it’s important now to know how clinics can update their insurance network list:
How Often Should Clinics Update Their Insurance Network?
The first order of things is to always notify every health network of any update in your policy and the types of insurance you’re accepting on your booked appointments. A monthly check in policy can help in streamlining the process of notifying insurance companies with timely updates and changes. If you have a TABIIB Desk profile, log in to your account and edit the profile options. Click on the insurance tab and update the insurance details as per the instructions.
If clinics have an online profile, then it can help to update it so that patients know if they’re changing the insurance plans that are accepted at the clinic.
Lastly, it helps to keep your TABIIB clinic profile updated with new insurance information.
Let patients confirm coverage before booking an appointment
The best way to avoid a scenario like a patient being out-of-network is to ensure that they are sufficiently aware of which insurance is accepted.
This is where patient education comes into play. Ask patients or any other potential patients to book appointments via TABIIB. The online platform allows patients to view which doctors are part of their coverage network and book consultations accordingly. This helps patients find doctors they need without going through the trouble of constant follow-ups.
It helps to take a few minutes out of the day and keep insurance updated. Not only will it help current and potential patients find the right clinic, it will also help providers and patients focus on getting the right care without worrying if their insurance covers it.