As a leading medical billing provider, we know how quickly things evolve in the healthcare industry. That’s why it’s so important to stay at the top of our game by attending annual gatherings like the 2018 ACHA American College Health Association Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held in Washington DC May 29 to June 2. We look forward to joining 2,000 colleagues in college health and wellness designed for and by college health leaders. The focus this year is unite, lead, and transform.
That’s all well and good but why are we going? Well, we are Medical Healthcare Solutions and we provide comprehensive medical billing services to university student health centers, among other clients like hospital-based practices, individual providers, and large group practices. Because college medical billing is such a big part of what we do, we feel our presence at the 2018 ACHA American College Health Association Meeting is critical.
We believe in ACHA and its goal of bringing college health leaders together to improve the health and resilience of today’s college students. Not only will we take part in advocating for top-notch college health through networking and collaboration, but we will help create goals and strategies to ensure a brighter future for college health. Our main priority is to do what we can to boost the health and wellness of U.S. college campuses.
Why We Care About College Students and Their Health
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 20.4 million students entered American colleges and universities this year, representing an increase of about 5.1 million since 2000. All of those students need quality medical care during their stay on campus. Many but not all students are still on their parents’ healthcare plans. Some are responsible for their own bills. Whatever the case, as a student care provider, your first priority is to understandably focus your efforts on the quality of care that you’re giving your students. Perhaps you’re managing a boarding high school, a small college or a large university. Perhaps you’re trying to handle all the medical billing in-house. This can prove to be difficult and even detrimental to your bottom line as these efforts are taxing your existing staff. In addition to that, you’re boosting the chances for costly mistakes, resulting in accounts receivables that are incorrect or inaccurate.
Joining the Conversation
You’re a business like any other. Yes, you want to promote the health and well-being of your students. But that cannot come at the cost of failing to collect on payments rightly due to you. At the ACHA meeting, our goal is to educate as many college leaders as we can on how a third-party provider can streamline their student health billing processes. Whether you divide billing among your staff or employ an in-house employee to handle these tasks on the side, you could be losing money, productivity and time. If you find yourself spending too many resources on delegating billing tasks, figuring out where mistakes have been made, and chasing down payments, then you are not fulfilling the role you are meant to play: that of caregiver.
We can help you establish a new revenue stream by reducing self-pay billable line items. The revenue streams you may have assumed would go unpaid, usually because the student has left the school and you no longer have a way of contacting them, can now be recouped. Did you know the recovery rate for non-hospitals is 21 percent for healthcare debt and collections? This is according to ACA International. Those numbers are very high for college campuses, as students enter and exit at such a quick rate.
As a company that’s been in this business a long time now, we know better than anybody that medical billing, especially on a fast-paced college campus, is not only demanding but draining, time-consuming and challenging as well. Don’t saddle your staff with these challenges while they are trying to give time and attention to your young patients. After all, that’s what we’re all here for: meeting the health challenges of today’s young people.
Looking to attend the ACHA 2018 Annual Meeting as well? Register now before the slots fill up. Registration is now open for the ACHA 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington DC scheduled for May 29 to June 2. Sign up by April 9 and get an Early Bird Rate. The last day of pre-registering is May 8. We hope to see you there!
Medical Healthcare Solutions is strongly committed to student health services billing. To learn more about our student health billing services or why you should attend ACHA 2018, call us at 800-762-9800 or fill out our online form.