With reimbursement levels shrinking, you may begin looking toward elective procedures for added income. But how can you be sure you'll get paid for these noncovered services? The best solution is to open communication with insurance companies and managed care plans and have the patient sign a form that states he or she understands that the procedure may not be covered.
Some plans never cover certain services or cover certain procedures under specific plans. In either case, know what is and isn't covered by each insurance company and plan with which you participate. Further, know what services require authorization before being performed. If you believe a service may not be covered, first verify its coverage status with the insurance company or plan. Then ask the patient to sign an agreement to make payment in full before you provide the service.