Cutting Edge offers free version for low-volume DVA claims

Electronic claiming specialist Cutting Edge Software is offering a free version to allied health practices that do low volumes of claims to Medicare and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).

Cutting Edge's web-based system normally comes in two versions: a Standard version for allied health practitioners that is suitable for billing electronically to Medicare or the DVA, and an ECLIPSE version that includes claims to private health funds as well.

Cutting Edge managing director Tony Stewart said the free offer is aimed at allied health practitioners who do a small volume of DVA claims but want to do it electronically rather than send in forms. Electronic payments usually take one ot three days compared to four to five weeks for paper claims.

The Micro version is the same software as the Standard version, but is limited to five electronic claims per month. It does not allow for batch invoicing functions.

“We thought for those providers we'd introduce this free tier,” Dr Stewart said. “It's the same software that everyone else would use.

“It's web-based software so they just need to register with us and be registered for Medicare to submit online claims. We streamline that process, so people who want to do DVA claiming or just a small number of bulk bill claims can get that.

“If their billing volume increases, then they can graduate up to the paid version.”

Dr Stewart said web-based software has the advantage that patient details are stored online and the response back from the DVA is easily traceable. It runs on iPads, laptops and desktops so is suitable for practitioners who run a mobile office.

The software verifies the patient's private health membership or Medicare or DVA status in real time and also includes an interface so the practice can track the progress of claims and outstanding invoices.

Dr Stewart said allied health was a growing area for the business with a lot of interest from practitioners, particularly physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and dieticians, who want to be able to do both Medicare and DVA billing.

The company is also targeting dentists, who still predominantly claim for services on paper.

Posted in Allied Health

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