I own a small clinic in Los Angeles, CA. Most of my patients are covered by their insurance company. It is bothering when half of my patients scheduled for the day do not show up without calling. Can I charge my patients for no-show fees, like around $25? And can I still bill the insurance company for no-shows?
If it is not the prevented by your agreement with the insurance company for the patient then yes you can. I understand the aggravation, my wife has to deal with the same problems all the time.
Most providers and I will include the conditions and the services agreement with the patient and require the patience to place an initial next to that part of the agreement.
I assume likewise that if their appt is for 1 and you do not call them at 1 will you pay them?
It depends on your contract with the carrier. I have seen Drs post signs of a penalty but then in my opinion its tit for tat.
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You can bill your patients whatever the market will bear, unless the no show charge is prohibited in your agreement with the insurer. Your billing to the insurer has to be referenced with an ICD-9 code, I believe, and I don't think there is a code for a no show. So, good luck getting an insurer to pay that.
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