If there is one kind of organization that should take a close look at the Summit-Edge solution, it is the large counseling center...those with 8 or more providers. A typical Billing + EHR solution goes for $150-$250 per month. For a 8-provider center, that translates to $1,200 - $2,000 a month! A patient portal is nifty, but will it result in improved cash flow? We don't think so. Summit-Edge is a no-frills workhorse solution. The collection tools are powerful...the workload is reduced...it's easier to manage...and it's a lot less expensive!
Why pay for EHR on providers that do not need it? Why pay a premium for integrated EHR, when the EHR data can be easily imported? The Summit-Edge EHR strategy provides essentially the same “seamless” benefits at a far lower cost.
EHR technology is changing rapidly…and providers will strive to use what works best for their personal practice. Do you really want to uproot your billing system when a better EHR solution comes along? What if an individual provider prefers a different EHR system? A tightly-integrated Billing and EHR system is a two-edged sword. The Summit-Edge strategy of importing the EHR data is far more flexible.
Keeping staff trained is always difficult in a busy office. The Summit-Edge software is highly-structured and guides the billing staff through the process. Novice billers adapt to it easily…and when mistakes are made, they can be easily corrected. One skilled-billing person and several clerical staff is proper staffing for a large counseling center.
One skilled billing person overseeing the billing can easily achieve high rates of collection – from insurance and the family…because of the powerful collection tools and the ease-of-management.
Leaner office staff
Summit-Edge is a billing “machine”. It’s fast… there are no unnecessary steps…and there are many time-saving power tools. The billing staff will fly through the billing process, and have more time for other provider services.
First-name basis support
Billing for a large group practice is challenging…even for billing persons that are highly-skilled and experienced. As we work with many providers, we see more of these challenges than the average billing person. A quick phone call to our Billing Consultant can save many hours of staff time.
Special systems for group practices
Group practices have special needs. For example, most groups pay providers based on collections. Summit-Edge has an advanced “payout” system. If a prior period payment error is discovered and corrected, the payout system will automatically adjust the next payout.
While the basic system is highly configurable, a group practice may have a special customer that requires a non-standard billing requirement (additional information, special format, different form, etc.). We can easily address these special requirements.
Availability of special services
A large counseling center is self-sufficient 99% of the time. Even large and stable offices, though, are vulnerable. People suffer illnesses…develop personal issues…quit. These kind of problems are inevitable. Summit-Edge always stands ready to step in and help during these emergencies.
Availability of audit services
Sometimes, it is a good idea for an outsider to independently review or audit the billing accounts, to make sure collections are being maximized. We can do that upon request, or on a regular basis. For example, this review service would be appropriate after the hiring of a new billing person.