Collecting payments from patients is a growing challenge faced by many healthcare providers, and mental health is no exception. The high cost of deductibles and complicated billing processes are just a couple of reasons why patients find it difficult to pay their balances on time. The delicate relationship between therapists and patients, which may require challenging conversations, can compound the problem — making it even more difficult to collect payments.
The good news is that technology is now playing a vital role in helping to streamline the patient payment process, which makes the process easier for providers and patients. Below are 3 ways technology can help your practice collect payments more efficiently, while also improving the patient experience.
1. Provide a digital payment experience
Digital payment technology provides patients with easy access to payment options like ApplyPay and GooglePay, which positively impacts their healthcare provider choices. A recent study shows that 44% of millennials and 29% of baby boomers prefer medical providers who offer digital payment solutions via mobile.
The ease of access provided by digital payment technology attracts and retains patients of various generations and will continue to grow.