Below are several common reasons why you might find an insurance payment with an amount in the unallocated field along with how to resolve unallocated payments.
- Scenario 1- Deleted appointments
- Scenario 2- Appointment moved
- Scenario 3- Appointments marked no show or late cancelled
- Steps for resolving unallocated payments
You can also learn more about properly allocating insurance payments as well as how to investigate unallocated payments.
Scenario 1- Deleted appointments
In this scenario, an appointment was deleted from the calendar after the appointment was billed to insurance. This results in the system not being allowed to locate the appointment to properly allocate the payment amount.
Scenario 2- Appointment moved
In this scenario, an appointment was dragged and dropped onto a different date on the calendar after the appointment was billed to insurance. For example, if the appointment was originally listed on the calendar on 12/18, but the appointment was later dragged to 12/21 it would result in an unallocated payment. This results in the system not being allowed to locate the appointment to properly allocate the payment amount.
Scenario 3- Appointments marked no show or late cancelled
Steps for resolving unallocated payments
- Go to Billing > Insurance > Payments
- Find the payment with an unallocated amount.
- Compare the unallocated amount to the Insurance Paid amounts to see if the unallocated amount is the same as or a multiple of one of the Insurance Paid amounts.
- Copy the check/wire transfer number and make note of the Payment Date.
- Go to Reports > Electronic payment reports
- Adjust the date range to match the Payment Date on the insurance payment. The Payment Date on the insurance payment is the same as the Date Received.
- Use Command + F (Ctrl + F on PC) to search for the check/wire number. This will highlight all the payment reports associated with the insurance payments check/wire number.
- Right click the Date Received to open each payment report in a new tab.
- Review the Claim Details page
- The Payment Overview section shows the dates of services that are attached to this claim. Any insurance payment that's attached to the date of service will be listed.
- Review the Insurance Payment Report section.
- To find the discrepancy, compare the appointments and paid amounts on the payment report to what's listed for the insurance payment in question.
- If any appointment is missing or a paid amount is incorrect on the insurance payment, you can update the insurance payment to reduce the unallocated amount.
- Repeat step three for each of the payment reports associated with the check/wire number.
Best practices for allocating insurance payments
When a manual insurance payment is entered, you will enter the full payment amount in the center column at the top of the page. This amount now populates in the Unallocated field to the right of this column.
When you apply these payments to appointments, the unallocated amount will decrease as the payments are being allocated to various appointments. The unallocated amount essentially serves as a reminder that part of the total payment has not been allocated to an appointment yet.
If there is a negative amount in the Unallocated field, this means you have allocated insurance payments in an amount that is greater than the total payment entered in the Amount field.
Based off the total payment you have entered, there are two reasons this can occur:
- You have not entered the full payment amount
- You have allocated additional funds to appointments that are not associated with the full payment
Tip: If you'd like to see exactly how the unallocated amount was calculated, simply add up all the amounts in the Insurance Paid column, then subtract that from the amount in the Amount field found at the top of the page.
Note: For even more beneficial information about insurance accounting, please see our Insurance Accounting Best Practices video guide.