Category: Payment Reminders


Category: Payment Reminders

West Corporation

Posted on August 31, 2015 by West Corporation 


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Are You Missing the Mark with Mailed Communication?

For years, healthcare providers have entrusted the United States Postal Service with delivery of patient communication outreach. Communications such as appointment reminders, billing statements, and anything in-between were always sent via snail mail — no questions asked. As times and technology have changed, so have the rates of effectiveness and efficiency surrounding mailed outreach.…

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West Corporation

Posted on August 20, 2015 by West Corporation 


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Does Automated Outreach Lead to Faster Account Resolution?

The numbers sure seem to suggest it.

According to a TeleVox survey on how healthcare organizations work to collect outstanding balances from patients, those organizations that automate follow-up outreach to accounts have fewer that are more than 60 days past due. Practices that use automated outreach only have 26% of their accounts 60 days or more past due, compared to 33% among those practices that do not automate any outreach.…

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West Corporation

Posted on July 30, 2015 by West Corporation 


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Success Story: Reducing Mailing Costs to Past Due Accounts

It’s always exciting to hear stories from practices that experience quantifiable success after automating notifications to their patients.

Here’s yet another example of engagement in action, where Mountain View Medical Group in Colorado Springs, CO has seen a significant reduction in mailing expenses after adopting TeleVox’s automated notifications to past due accounts.…

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West Corporation

Posted on July 1, 2015 by West Corporation 


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Death, Taxes and USPS Price Increases

It happened again. On May 31, 2015, the United States Postal Service implemented yet another price increase, climbing 2% for the most common mail formats. If you’re mailing appointment reminders, wellness messages, balance due statements or any other type of communication – plan on adjusting your outreach budget accordingly.

Over the past 15 years, first class letter rates alone have increased a staggering 48%.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 29, 2015 by West Corporation 


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Poor Recovery Rates on Third-Party Collections

A couple of weeks ago we shared data from a TeleVox survey on how healthcare organizations work to collect outstanding balances from patients. We found that many organizations will repeatedly mail statements to patients in an effort to drive payments. 14% of those we surveyed say they will send at least five statements to a patient!…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 15, 2015 by West Corporation 


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How Many Statements Are You Mailing?

A couple of weeks ago, we learned some interesting information from practices about how much they spend on mailing statements to past due accounts. 35% of survey participants reported that the all-inclusive cost of a mailed statement to a past due account is more than $1.50.

What makes that figure even more challenging for practices is how often they’re mailing those expensive statements to drive action.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 2, 2015 by West Corporation 


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How Expensive Are Your Mailed Statements to Past Due Accounts?

While mailing multiple statements to patients with past due accounts is a common practice among healthcare organizations, there’s a large expense associated with that outreach. Just how much of an expense is a figure that seems to have a very broad range.

A recent TeleVox survey captured insight from nearly 250 healthcare organizations engaged in communication with their past due accounts, and the results were extremely eye-opening.…

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West Corporation

Posted on May 27, 2015 by West Corporation 


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The Message Matters: Eight Essentials for Scripting A/R Outreach

Whether it’s what you’re saying, when you’re saying it or how you want patients to respond – message content is the key to successful A/R outreach. After contacting millions of patients on behalf of healthcare organizations, combinations of these eight best practices have proven to be essential for driving increased payments.…

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West Corporation

Posted on May 19, 2015 by West Corporation 


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Getting in Over Our Heads in Self-Pay Payments

“People get in over their head. They think they’re saving money on the back end, but it comes back to bite them.”

That’s a quote from Corrie Massey, administrator of the Foothill Surgery Center at Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA from the April 2015 edition of Outpatient Surgery. She’s referring to the gravitation toward high-deductible health insurance plans, which now cover 1 in 5 U.S.…

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West Corporation

Posted on May 11, 2015 by West Corporation 


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The Importance of Outreach in Patient Payment Collections

In a March 2014 Physicians Practice blog post, author Ericka L. Adler shared basic ideas a healthcare practice can implement to do a better job of collecting payments from patients. Click HERE to read the full post.

Two of the four points made in the post focused on how and when to connect with patients who are delinquent in paying.…

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