How Efficient Lab Billing Services Can Unlock Your Practice Revenue?

If you’re looking for potential solutions to improve your lab’s revenue, full schedules, and a large customer base aren’t essentially the answers. You can see only a limited number of patients each day and can’t add more workload to the shoulders of your existing staff. In order to increase your customer base and resources, you need an exponential amount of money. 

Currently, it feels like a deadlock, however, there is one possible solution that can help you get going with your lab seamlessly. You can leverage your existing resources and opt for streamlined laboratory billing services for additional revenue. 

It may be locked deep inside inefficient electronic health records (EHR) and slow, manual billing processes. It is possible to find additional revenue inside your practice walls; and it doesn’t have to be a time-intensive, expensive exercise. That’s what powerful EHR and billing systems are for; they automate and streamline internal systems so you can find a robust stream of revenue.

Recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) summarized the current revenue difficulties experienced by some providers. CMMI director Adam Boehler told attendees at the American Hospital Association annual meeting, “It’s very hard for providers to have one foot in a fee-for-service payment model and one foot in value-based payment models.” 

It’s a pointed recognition of the fact that providers must navigate complex reimbursement mazes simply to get paid for services rendered. That is no long-biggest challenge to practice er sustainability. Practices can’t continually tread water in the midst of convoluted reimbursement policies at the federal, state, and private payer levels.  It’s time for powerful electronic health records (EHR) and billing systems to step in and streamline revenue.

EHR and Billing Aiding in Increasing Practice Efficiency 

The biggest challenge to practice revenue is, to simplify the complexity of the reimbursement process without changing the basics. At the outset patient care must be delivered, documented, and patient payments collected efficiently. Then, patient care data must be retrieved from the EHR and coded accurately to capture all charges and create accurate, successful claims. Once that is complete, timely billing must take place, and underpayments and denials tracked. If any of these steps are left to manual systems, revenue that has been earned can be locked away in the practice, never to be retrieved for real cash flow.

On the other hand, sophisticated EHRs are built to generate revenue. They are highly evolved systems that incorporate a powerful knowledge base and enhance usability, performance, and reliability. They are the systems that combine many different practice functions to give doctors streamlined access to critical tasks in one application:


Clinical reviews

Patient notes

Medical histories

Document manager

These are the EHR systems that have heard physicians’ frustrations, loud and clear. They have answered with solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and inexpensive to set up. They are also “future-proofed” with an ICD-10 guarantee and are ONC 2015 Edition certified, MIPS, Meaningful Use Stage 2, and Meaningful Use Stage 3 ready.

There are other reasons to find a better EHR. For multi-physician, multi-office practices it should integrate scheduling, intelligent billing, data mining reports, and EHR.  It  should provide the financial momentum that practices need for sustainability including:

Improved productivity

Accelerated revenue cycle

Decreased cost and risk

Enhanced service quality

Ensured compliance

Suddenly, all the revenue-generating feeder streams become a river of steady cash flow. If you are looking to EHR Switch, CureMD has you covered. Visit our website for an easy and smooth transition.

Increasing practice efficiencies and cost savings

The federal government’s health information technology platform recognizes the importance of replacing inefficient EHRs. HealthIT.gov states that integrated EHRs can “increase practice efficiencies and cost savings by reducing manual labor and expenses” and by providing the following benefits:

Reduced transcription costs

Fewer manual labor hours for pulling, storing, and re-filing charts

Improved documentation and automated coding capabilities

Reduction in lost charges

It’s the interoperability and streamlining of practice functions that offer providers the greatest relief. Finally, all the minute tasks within the practice that must come together to improve the delivery of care, coordination with other providers, pharmacy checks, and revenue generation, can occur without the provider attending to every single one. Electronic health records vastly improve practice efficiency and that alone can unlock increased revenue. HealthIT.gov says practices with the right EHR report the following efficiencies:

Improved practice management through integrated scheduling systems that link appointments directly to progress notes, automate coding and managing claims

Time savings with easier centralized chart management, condition-specific queries, and other shortcuts

Enhanced communication with other clinicians, labs, and health plans through:

Easy access to patient information from anywhere

Tracking electronic messages to staff, other clinicians, hospitals, labs, etc.

Automated formulary checks by health plans

Order and receipt of lab tests and diagnostic images

Links to public health systems such as registries and communicable disease databases

Increasing productivity and revenue

Doctors spend at least 20 percent of their time on administrative tasks. It reduces face-to-face patient care time and contributes to physician burnout. On the other hand, when automated business functions increase physician and staff productivity, revenue increases with it.  Practices can experience:

Improved reporting for CMS quality metrics, improving reimbursement rates

Improved ability to meet regulatory requirements and avoid fines or lost payments through automatic EHR alerts

Reduction in charge lag days and vendor/insurance denials associated with late filing

Reduction in staff time for manual charge entry, resulting in more accurate, timely billing

Automated alerts that minimize claim denials and lost charges from CMS, such as Advance Beneficiary Notice

A search for better EHRs

Black Book Research surveyed nearly 19,000 ambulatory EHR users about their plans for the systems in the next three years. Not surprisingly, the vast majority said they would replace the current EHR with more “customizable and integrated” systems. Users say they want “cloud-based and mobile tools that offer on-demand data and visibility into financial performance, compliance tracking, and quality goals.”

That’s not unreasonable. In fact, it’s the only way to move forward. Practices of all sizes should be able to maximize the use of email messaging, and interoperability between all stakeholders including:

Health information exchanges



Radiology/imaging services

Hospital networks

Referring providers

Cancer registries


Syndromic surveillance agencies

Immunization registries

Specialty registries

Electronic devices

DICOM-compliant imaging equipment

Interoperability of that size and scope may still be out of reach for smaller practices but it doesn’t have to be; not when EHRs exist to create these vast networks quickly and economically.

Raymond M. Fernandez

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