Administrative Costs - Newsletter Report (Winter 2018)

Wonder Where the Money Goes?
Moving money from payers to providers costs more than $500 Billion!

The United States spent a leading $3.3 trillion in 2016 on healthcare ($10,348 per person) with administrative costs accounting for 20%-30% of every dollar paid on a medical bill.

In order to determine the provider’s cost of carrying out each step of a single bill, (the substantial cost to insurers of processing and paying these bills was excluded), researchers from Duke University and Harvard Business School reconstructed the entire life cycle of a medical bill…from the time a patient makes an appointment until the time the health system is paid.

The entire billing process was mapped out and the following information was included in the cost calculation:

• Salaries of every position involved in the claim life cycle
• The cost of negotiating prices with insurance companies
• The cost of training professionals to handle billing-related tasks
• The cost of ensuring that every potentially reimbursable service is added to the bill.
• Overhead costs such as office equipment and utility bills were also considered.

Typical average billing costs and processing time for various health services were found to be:
Primary-Care visit $20.49
13 minutes
ER visit $61.54 32 minutes
IP Medical $124.26 73 minutes
Outpatient surgery: $170.40 75 minutes
IP surgical: $215.10 100 minutes

Outside the healthcare industry, it can take roughly 100 full-time employees to collect $1 billion worth of bills. But when healthcare is involved, it takes 770 full-time equivalents to collect the same amount of money. As a result, the process of sending money from payer to healthcare providers consumes an estimated $500 billion per year.

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