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  • Stephanie Adrian

    I am also interested in this and there doesn't seem to be an article explaining why we should do write offs!  I'm confused.

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  • Jasmine Mitchell

    It is a means of balance your account. When you have a contract with the insurance company they will pay only a certain amount for a certain code. This is the "allowable" or contractual obligation. Once they have paid that part and listed if the patient has any responsibility such as a copay or coinsurance, the rest is a write off as there is no one to charge for the remaining amount. You add that to show there are no payments that need to be made on that account once everything has paid out.

     

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  • Karen Mills

    How do you insert the write-off?

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  • Jasmine Mitchell

    When you look at the payment in the insurance screen, you can edit the payment. Find the patient you need to write off then click the arrow to the right of the write off column and it automatically inserts the amount for you. However, its best to check the math on it in case there is patient responsibility or payment from another date for the same claim

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  • Amy Griffin

    I just did this but it made me enter an insurance payment amount at the top in order to save the write-offs.  So I entered $0.  Is this the correct way to be doing this?

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  • Jasmine Mitchell

    If there is no payment attached to the write off, that is correct. This would happen in cases of deductibles.

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  • Amy Griffin

    Thank you Jasmine, this is exactly the case.  When there is a deductible, I have to "fake" an insurance payment to be able to enter a write-off.  Do you work for Simple Practice, just curious?

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  • Jasmine Mitchell

    No problem. I actually don't work for Simple Practice. I'm a biller that uses the software for our practice. :)

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  • Amy Griffin

    well I appreciate your help.  I just started as a biller a few months ago and really appreciate having a forum like this.  Thank you!

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  • Jasmine Mitchell

    You're welcome! Good luck!

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  • Jessica Reed

    I have several clients listed as private pay that pay a minimal amount. How do I write off the rest of my fee? Do I need to enter it every session?

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  • Amy Membrere

    To piggy back onto Jessica's question, does this write off show up on the superbill if the client is private pay? Also, the term 'write off', is this for taxes as well, or just in terms of "can't charge anyone"?

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