Osteopathic Medicine Billing
The number of doctors in osteopathy continues to rise, accounting for about 9% of all licensed physicians. Some speculate that this increase shows promise for traditionally underserved rural areas, which suffer from a lack of primary care. Enrollment in osteopathy programs has gone up over the past few years — but those who enroll often face an uphill battle within their own schools, as many medical schools discourage students from participating in such programs. Some have phased out their family medicine departments entirely, leaving few paths for students eager to work in primary care.
However, those who do come out with their degree in osteopathy often do well, making upwards of $200,000 per year on average. Career prospects for osteopathic physicians are good, as many areas are in need of more primary care doctors.
Many osteopathic physicians run into issues with insurance companies, which often incorrectly bundle osteopathic services or confuse osteopathy services with chiropractic. The problem also comes from incorrect coding on the physician’s side, erroneously marking osteopathic treatments as physical therapy or massage.
Balancing physician duties with doing in-house medical billing and coding can sap both the time and energy of busy osteopathic physicians. You might find yourself spending more time studying osteopathic billing codes than seeing patients — and even then, you might be leaving money on the table when you use the wrong codes.
Give yourself more time to do what you do best. Find a biller for osteopathic medicine who understands the industry’s billing and coding inside and out. Clinic Service has a ton of experience working with osteopathic physicians, so we know how to maximize your revenue and free up your time to focus on your patients.
Contact us today to learn about how we can help you manage your cash flow.