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Processing Medical Insurance Claims Since the cost of medical expenses are getting to be expensive, it will be difficult to be sick and hospitalized, especially if you don’t have much financial resources, and that’s why most people are into health insurance in order to reduce the impact of medical expenses, and since payment coverage of health insurance is affordable since you pay premiums either on a monthly or annual basis, more and more are subscribing in it. When the health insurance subscriber wants to avail of her health insurance for the purpose of seeking medical treatment, she has to hand over her insurance card and fill up a demographic form to enter data requirements, which will be needed later on for processing medical insurance claims, and these are: patient’s name, date of birth, address, Social Security number or driver’s license number, the name of the policyholder, and any additional information about the policyholder, and a government-issued photo ID. Once the paperwork is completed, the patient proceeds for consultation and treatment to a designated physician, such that whatever else are serviced to the patient will all be reflected as chargeable costs which will be recorded by a medical biller and coder of the healthcare service provider, to which this recorded document will serve as the bill or medical insurance claim.
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Once the coded bill summary is handed to the medical biller, he/she enters all information into an appropriate claim form using a software billing application, which will further be sent to the payer, which is the health insurance company of the patient, and to a clearinghouse, a third-party company, which operates by validating medical claims to check on errors in the document claim.
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When the health insurance company receives the medical claims, if there is no clearinghouse doing the validation, there are three possibilities that the health insurance company can act on the medical claim: accept all expenditures and pay the bill or deny the claim on account of a billing error, to which the bill is returned to the healthcare provider to be corrected or reject the claim on account that the services rendered are not covered within the health plan of the patient. This is where the clearinghouse is of valuable use to help correct errors and check the health plan coverage of the patient, such that when the clearinghouse sends over their validation on the medical claim to the healthcare provider, the medical biller and coder will use the validation as basis to reformat a new medical claim, which will be sent again to the health insurance company and, in this manner, there’s a likely chance that the health insurance company will eliminate its previous options, which are denying the claim due to an error and rejection of the claim on account that the services are not covered by the health plan.