Claim Procedures ( claimprocs )

View and edit details of a procedure attached to an insurance claim or estimate from the Edit Claim Procedure window.

In a Claim, double-click on a procedure.

Alternatively, in the Procedure - Financial Tab double-click an estimate.

A claim procedure (claimproc) is used for the following purposes:

In a typical situation:

  1. While treatment planning, a procedure is created.
  2. A claimproc is automatically added to the procedure to keep track of its estimated insurance portion. Change the estimate by changing the claimproc.
  3. When the claim for the procedure is created, the claimproc links the procedure to the claim.
  4. When viewing the claim detail, all procedure estimates and payments are stored in the claimproc rather than with the procedure. This allows you to send an unlimited number of claims for each procedure and to have very fine control over all estimates and payments for each claim.
  5. When receiving a claim, it can be itemized by procedure or entered as a total payment.

Change the information as needed, then click OK to save. The logged-on user must have the correct security permission to edit write-offs and write-off estimates.

Miscellaneous Information

Ins Plan: The insurance plan and subscriber. Claimprocs are always associated with one insurance plan whether they are an estimate or attached to a claim.

Status: The status of the claim procedure.

Payment Tracking: Document information about the payment of the procedure. Useful to track why payment was rejected. Customize options in Definitions: Claim Payment Tracking.

Provider: Provider attached to the claimproc. By default, this is the provider who performed the procedure, but can be different. This provider will be assigned to any insurance payment. Click [...] to change. The provider can only be changed when the status is set to Not Received. See: Claimproc Provider.

Clinic: Only visible if Clinics is turned on. Normally the clinic assigned to the Procedure (e.g., treating clinic), but it can differ. This does affect some reports.

Pay Entry Date: The date the related insurance payment was entered. Used to track account aging. Only displays after an insurance payment has been received.

Payment Date: Can be edited until attached to an insurance check. Once attached to an insurance check see Finalize Insurance Payment to edit payment information.

Procedure Date: The date the procedure was performed. Used to track annual benefits used.

Description: The procedure code description.

Claim

This is an estimate only/This is part of a claim: Indicates if this claimproc is an estimate or has been attached to claim. If part of a claim, the following information shows:

Fee Information

Do Not Bill to Insurance: Only used when the claimproc is an estimate. Indicates that this claimproc will remain an estimate and never be attached to a claim. Estimate information is hidden when this box is checked. This box is greyed out when the procedure is attached to a claim or preauthorization.

Fee: The actual fee billed to the patient as entered on the Procedure.

Fee Schedule: The fee schedule of the insurance plan listed first in the Family module. If this is a medical procedure code, this fee schedule may not accurately indicate where the fee is pulled from.

Carrier Allowed Amount

Substitution Code: The Ins Subst Code entered for the procedure code. Used for situations like posterior composites, where the insurance company downgrades it to the rate of an amalgam.

PPO Fee Schedule: The Fee Schedule set for set for PPO Plan Type insurance in the Edit Insurance Plan window.

Allowed Fee Schedule: The fee schedule set for Carrier Allowed Amounts on the Edit Insurance Plan window.

Allowed Amt: Insurance allowed fee (e.g., contracted fee). Frequently, insurance companies do not allow the full fee because they claim it is above UCR for the area. In these cases, enter the allowed fee that should be used for all calculations instead of the Fee.

Estimate Information

Changing information will not change the patient's balance. To update a patient's estimated balance, click Recalculate Estimates in the Edit Claim window after making any changes to procedures attached to a claim.

Patient Copay: Based on the insurance plan's copay fee schedule. Two different uses:

  1. For capitation, this automates calculation of write-off.
  2. For any other insurance, it gets subtracted from the amount that insurance will pay.

Deductible: The amount (usually small, like $50) that the patient must pay each year before insurance kicks in. Usually waived on preventive procedures. As of version 6.7, always subtracted before percentage is calculated.

Percentage %: The percentage that insurance is expected to cover, based on a plan's benefits.

Paid By Other Ins: Adds up all amounts paid by insurance plans that are lower in order. For example, it will never contain an amount if this is primary insurance.

Base Estimate: For situations where the treatment plan needs to show without max or deductible taken into account. This field stores the value to show. Calculated as (Fee or Allowed)-Copay) x (Percentage or Percent Override)

Ins Estimate: This value is the one shown in most places as the estimate. It depends on the order of treatment in the treatment plan. If the claimproc is already attached to a claim, this will not affect the patient balance and you should use Insurance Estimate under Claim Info instead.

Write-off Estimate: Usually only used for PPO plans. This shows as a column in the treatment plan.

Estimate Note: Contains automatically generated notes about annual max that will also show in the treatment plan.

Note: Overrides can be entered into the white boxes to the right of select fields. Be aware that manually entering overrides will not fully recalculate insurance coverage. For example: adding a missing coverage percentage will not result in a missing deductible being added. Whenever possible, it is best to correct coverage information here: Change Insurance Plan Information.

Claim Info

If the claimproc is still an estimate, this section will not be visible. Once attached to a claim, this section can only be edited from within a claim.

Deductible: The actual deductible as reported by the insurance company.

Insurance Estimate: The official amount estimated to be paid. Affects patient balance. Gets copied from Insurance Estimate when claim is created. After that, it can only be changed manually.

Insurance Paid: Once insurance pays, this is the amount actually paid on this procedure. Cannot be edited once the procedure is attached to a check.

Write-off: Amount not covered by insurance that office decides not to charge the patient. This is how Capitation is handled as well as assignment of benefits where provider has agreed not to charge above a set amount.

Estimated Patient Portion: The estimated amount the patient is responsible for after insurance and write-offs (Fee - Insurance Estimate - Write-off).

Buttons

Attached to Insurance Payment Plan: This box is automatically checked if this claimproc's insurance payment is attached to an insurance payment plan. You can also check this box manually, if, for instance, you enter a payment first, then decide to create a payment plan. See Insurance Payment Plans.

Delete: Delete the insurance estimate (claimproc). If the procedure is attached to a claim, this will also remove the procedure from the attached claim. The last claimproc cannot be deleted from a claim. The claim must be deleted instead.

OK: Close the window. Changes will be saved.

Cancel: Close the window. Some changes may not be saved.

Blue Book

When Blue Book is enabled, the Blue Book Log button is visible. Click to see the history of the blue book fee for this procedure code.

The history of the fee will display. As allowed amounts are entered, or manual fees change, they will be logged here.