Automatically Update Client Invoices when an ERA Returns
practiceQ allows you to automatically update invoices to charge clients based on what is returned from an electronic remittance.
For example, let's say a client was initially charged $20 for a copay upfront for a service. The claim was then submitted, and the electronic remittance returned saying the client owes $50 for their copay amount. The practice must now collect an additional $30 from the client for their services.
By default, practiceQ will always compare the invoiced amount on an appointment to the client responsible amount returned from a remittance for that particular appointment. In the screenshot directly below, an ERA was returned stating that the client amount is $50 in the form of a copay, while the invoiced amount on Invoice 199 is recorded at $40. Since there is a discrepancy between these two amounts, an error indicating "Invoice diverge from Client Responsibility" shows up next to the invoice under the Lists > Claims > Appointments view.
You can manually edit the invoice to adjust prices so that the invoice matches the client responsibility, therefore removing the error. There are also a few settings in practiceQ which automatically updates invoices once an ERA is returned which removes the manual inputs and adjustments.
Enabling Invoice Auto Updates via ERA:
Navigate to Claims > Claims Settings > Other. You will see two dropdown lists to dictate to the system what happens when an ERA returns.
- When Claim Payment is Posted - This option is for appointments and claims that have not yet been initially invoiced for a copay or coinsurance amount upfront. The system can create an invoice with the client responsibility and you can choose to send the invoice to the client to collect payment.
- When Claim Payment is Posted, and Invoice already exists - This option is for appointments and claims that have had an amount collected upfront for copay or coinsurance, therefore an invoice has been generated for that particular appointment. The system can update the existing invoice with the new client responsibility amount and you can choose to send the invoice to the client to collect payment on the difference.
- In the event of an overpayment, you can can tell the system to add the difference in the form of a credit balance to the client's account: Adding Payment Credit to Your Clients
Bulk Charging Invoices Updated via ERA:
practiceQ does not currently have the ability to automatically charge a client's credit card for the difference of their patient responsibility and what was paid prior to the claim submission. However, there is an option to bulk charge all the claims that have outstanding amounts with a few simple clicks.
Note that this option to bulk charge is not available if automatic invoice updates/creation are not enabled under Claims > Claims Settings > Other.
Navigate to Lists > Claims > Appointments. You will see a filter under the "Payment" at the top. Change the filter to "Has pending invoice updated by ERA".
This limits the list to any appointment which has had a claim submitted, an ERA returned, and an invoice which has either been created or updated by the returned ERA, but payment has not yet been collected. You can also limit the filters based on date, client, note status, etc.
Select as few or as many appointments as you like using the check boxes next to the appointments - you'll notice that a new " Bulk Actions" button appears under the green search bar. Clicking this will give the option to bulk charge all of the selected pending invoices.
The system will also show any warnings when trying to process the card - processing times will vary depending on how many transactions are required to be processed.