Dynamic Payment Plan
A Dynamic Payment Plan is an open-ended repayment agreement.
In the Account Module Payment Plans grid, they show with the Type DPP.
To create a new Dynamic Payment Plan, in the Account Module, click Payment Plan, Dynamic Payment Plan.
Alternatively, double-click an existing dynamic payment plan to edit.
See General Setup at the bottom of this page for instructions on setting up a Dynamic Payment Plan.
Category: Assign a category to the payment plan (e.g., Ortho, Implant). Useful to distinguish one payment plan from another when families have many plans. Customize the category options in Definitions: Payment Plan Categories.
Patient: The person who was treated. Click Go To to switch to their account. Patients can have multiple payment plans, and each plan can have a different guarantor.
Guarantor: The person who will make the payments. Defaults to the currently selected patient. The guarantor does not have to be in the same family as the patient. It also can differ from the account's guarantor. Click Change to select a different guarantor. Click Go To to switch to their account.
Full Lock: Check to lock current terms of the payment plan. Prevents further changes to the repayment schedule or the production (e.g., adding procedures and adjustments or changing the production Amount Override). Plans that are locked cannot be edited. Users must create a new plan to add treatment instead. Adding an APR interest rate requires the plan be locked.
Unlock: Option is available when opening an existing plan and Full Lock is unchecked. Click to unlock the Terms section in order to make edits.
Date of Agreement: Defaults to today's date. Can be changed to a past date.
Total Principal Amount: The total amount of the payment plan, excluding interest. Calculates based on the attached production.
Date of First Payment: Defaults to one month from today's date.
Down Payment: The amount of the down payment. Immediately due when the payment plan is created regardless of the Handle Treatment Planned setting.
APR: The percentage of interest to charge on the principal balance of completed procedures. If entered, additional options are available to delay interest charges. Enter only one. If both fields are left blank, interest is charged to all scheduled payments. Payment plan must be locked before saving.
Interest is automatically calculated using the following method:
The amortization schedule can be based on a total number of payments or a specific payment amount. Enter only one.
Charge Frequency: Select the frequency of which charges are applied to the payment plan. The options below are calculated based off the Date of First Payment.
Handle Treatment Planned: Determine whether treatment planned procedures should be included in the total now, or as the work is completed. If toggling this setting, click Create Schedule to see changes.
Create Schedule: Create the Amortization Schedule based on the terms. A description of the terms will show in the Note field. Production must be attached first. When editing the terms on existing plans, click Create Schedule to view the changes.
Cancel: Cancel changes made to the Terms on existing payment plans. Click the Unlock button to enable.
Save: Save changes made to the Terms on existing payment plans. Click the Unlock button to enable.
Once the schedule is created or, updated and saved, the calculations below are automatic.
Total Cost of Loan: Total Amount plus interest and any added charges.
Accumulated Due: The total amount that has been due up to the current date.
Paid so far: The total amount that has been paid towards the payment plan to date.
Principal paid so far: The total amount that has been paid towards the principal to date.
Tx Completed Amt: The total fee amount for charges that have come due.
Total Tx Amt: The total fee amount for all production that is attached to the payment plan. Will not display until after plan has been saved by clicking OK.
A detailed note of the terms shows for future reference. Any changes made to the terms will be added to the note. Other notes can be added as needed.
If the Preference, Pay Plans use Sheets is checked, additional Terms and Conditions are displayed when viewing or signing the repayment agreement. Customize the default message in Preferences. Updating the terms will also update any replacement fields used in the default message.
Amortization Schedule: The amortization schedule is generated based on the terms. Principal and interest are calculated automatically. Due dates are based on the Date of First Payment and selected Charge Frequency.
Exclude past activity: When checked, only future dated line items show in the Amortization Schedule and past activity is hidden. When unchecked, all activity shows. Totals are not affected by this setting. To set the default setting for the checkbox, see Preferences, Payment Plans exclude past activity by default.
Current Totals: Automatically calculated based on current and past charges, accumulated payments, and the running balance.
Attached Production: Displays the procedures and adjustments attached to the payment plan.
Delete: Delete the selected production item from the attached production list.
Print: Print the list of attached production (as shown), including the production total.
Add: Attach production to the payment plan. Opens the Select Production window.
Select from a list of adjustments, completed procedures, and treatment planned procedures to attach to the payment plan. Only positive adjustments not attached to procedures are listed.
Delete: Delete the entire plan. Also, clears any Authorized Recurring Charges attached to the plan. Payments cannot be attached.
Close Plan: Close Payment Plans that are no longer being paid on.
Print: Click to print a copy of the payment plan Amortization Schedule and Terms or Payment Plan sheet.
Sign & Print: Displays instead of Print when the preference Pay Plans use sheets for printing is enabled and the payment plan sheet contains a signature box. See Sign and Print Payment Plan.
eClipboard: Send the Payment Plan to eClipboard. See eClipboard: Payment Plans.
OK: Click to close the window and save changes.
Cancel: Click to close the window without saving changes.
To set up a Dynamic Payment Plan, follow the steps below:
Double-click into an existing plan.
Click Unlock to edit the Terms. Dynamic Payment Plans with Full Lock enabled cannot be edited.
To add or remove production, click the Production tab:
After making any changes to the payment plan, including adding or removing production, click Create Schedule to update the Amortization Schedule. Any current charges that have been billed will not be changed, but future charges will be updated to match the new terms. If there are any unpaid charges that have been billed that the office would like to include when updating the Amortization Schedule, follow the steps below to delete the charges.
To update an unpaid, posted pay plan charge: Right-click the charge from the Amortization Schedule and click Delete. Deletions are saved immediately.
Once changes have been made to the Dynamic Payment Plan Terms or the Amortization Schedule, click Save to save changes and lock the payment plan again. Click OK to exit the Dynamic Payment Plan window.
Credits, debits, and payments for patient payment plans can optionally show as line items in the patient's Account Module and affect balances and aging depending on the Pay Plan charge logic preference.
In order for a Dynamic Payment Plan to function properly with an ongoing Insurance Payment Plan, it must be set up a specific way. Follow the steps below to set up a Dynamic Payment Plan for use with an Insurance Payment Plan.
If the Dynamic Payment Plan is not set to Full Lock, upon receiving payment for the Insurance Payment Plan, the Dynamic Payment Plan will adjust to the patient portion now expected based on the insurance payment and the procedure fee (i.e., insurance payment, not expected insurance payment).