Joined: May 11, 2004
At the top of my head... you can have a policy for a set dollar amount for missed office visits, if I remember correctly. Obviously, the insurance company is not billed, the patient pays out of pocket. I also believe 1 or 2 years ago, if I remember correctly, Medicare has some ruling that you now can bill a patient for missed appointments.
Joined: September 25, 2008
You could charge for a missed appointment but I would think about legality issues when labeling what exactly you are billing a person for. I would also think of legality issues on what you can bill for when a patient no-shows, ie treatment codes/multiple codes. I don't think you can bill for an office visit +modality/TE codes, but to different degrees an average clinic equivalent cost for the missed time. You charge for a missed appt but that is such a slipperly slope. My clinic has a 20$ no-show fee, with patient awareness of it and with it rarely applied until after a warning or specific signs indicated awareness of no-showing.
A procedure to really analyze from all sides and immediate and long term possibilities along with other nearby practices before implementing a protocol.
Your state PT org may be able to help identify some resources or provide info.