Don’t do it…don’t do it…

Don’t see patients until you know enrollment in their network is complete. Physicians are notorious for seeing patients at a new location, opening a new practice or performing new procedures without checking with the billing department first. I recently heard of a physician who started seeing patients in a new state, and then submitted charges to the billing department. You can imagine the shock and surprise when they received the billing tickets. To say things were kicked up in to high gear is an understatement!

You should allow a minimum of 3 -4 months to get all the credentialing in order, and you must be prepared to face some delays. In some instances, you will need to credential your group and then link individual providers to that group. Make sure you have qualified personnel or outsource this project because credentialing is not for the faint of heart.