The biggest pain for many patients comes from the cost of care and not their…well, bodies. As deductibles and co-pays get higher, patients begin to weigh the cost of going to the doctor. In a recent article about the rising number of patients postponing care, I read about one patient who was quoted as saying, “I’m in pain every day,” but “it’s not bad enough to go into debt.” Changes within the insurance industry have shifted the financial burden and responsibility of care to our patients, and as a result, we need to be prepared to respond to their concerns about costs.
The number of calls coming into my office asking, “How much does it cost to see the doctor?” continues to rise each year. For years, we taught our staffs to emphasize the quality of chiropractic care and let them know that without an examination and verification of their benefits, we have no way of knowing what that will cost the patient. As a result, patients would hang up and call the next chiropractic office listed in the yellow pages or provider directory. It took me longer than I care to admit, to realize that I was losing a lot of potential new patients and revenue, by not answering the question or being evasive.
As a ChiroHealthUSA participating provider, you know that working in the second most regulated industry in this country, offering cash discounts and new patient specials can potentially land you in hot water. So how do we give our patients the information they need and still stay compliant and profitable? By offering a single fee schedule and offering specific, legal discounts through ChiroHealthUSA.
As a ChiroHealthUSA provider, you can answer shopper call questions simply and transparently. All it takes is a few simple changes to your phone scripts and your office policy.
Who wouldn’t say yes to this? These small changes cost my practice nothing but paid off in BIG ways. We now see 90%-95% of our shopper calls becoming new patients. After years of meeting with providers, I am always surprised by the number of doctors in the network who don’t realize how useful ChiroHealthUSA can be in converting more shopper calls to new patients. Make it part of your weekly staff meeting this week, to review and practice the script with your team. I’d love to hear how many shopper calls become new patients in your practice. To download a copy of our sample scripts, visit your Provider Resources page.