How to Increase Cash Flow from Letters of Protection
Physicians and medical practice executives can find it difficult to manage cash flow, especially amidst the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and as elective surgeries and other lucrative procedures continue to be put on hold. Cash flow difficulties compound when medical services are provided to personal injury patients on a Letter of Protection (LOP) – when payment from settlement can take years to receive.
Many practices attempt to handle LOP account balances in-house but LOPs are challenging for staff as practice management systems are not equipped to handle the complexities surrounding LOPs, including necessary and proactive follow-up measures with attorneys.
The downside, of course, is that cash flow takes a hit when LOPs are not managed properly and go unpaid. Since an LOP states that you, the medical provider, are agreeing to await payment from future settlements awarded to the patient/attorney, you can expect anywhere from six months to seven years before the practice realizes this revenue. Also, at the time of payment there may be reduction requests if the financial outcome of the legal case was not as expected. This can pose a serious risk to your payment. In response, some medical offices retain a paralegal or develop an underwriting department to screen the personal injury cases prior to seeing patients, all of which can be time consuming, costly and still result in unpaid LOP account balances.
LOP Financing Options: Third-Party, Inhouse, Gain Servicing
Many practices sell their LOP account balances at a discount to lien financing, or medical funding, companies. This provides the practice with immediate cash flow and offloads the work of tracking, managing and collecting on LOPs – but it comes with a tradeoff. Not only does the practice give up control of the process but having a third-party manage your LOP accounts receivables (AR) can come at a severe cut in profit depending on the bid amount of the financing company on your AR balances.
But, if managed inhouse, medical providers lack options to increase revenue and decrease time between service and payment for personal injury treatments.
A viable alternative is to consider a data-driven financing partner, like Gain Servicing. Our technology platform is backed by artificial intelligence and data from thousands of personal injury cases – intelligence we are able to pass along to our medical partners, resulting in fewer write-offs and more paid-in-full LOP balances.
Additional, unique benefits of Gain Servicing:
- Automated LOP tracking – no more manual processes or workarounds
- Optimized revenues – our AI-powered platform enables us to compare balances and case data points to help you get a better return
- Business intelligence – detailed reporting and analytics show you how well our system is doing for you
- Referral source analysis – know exactly how patients are choosing your practice through the identification and tagging of attorney referrals
- White label options – our team can act as badged resources for your practice while collecting on LOPs, creating a consistent patient and attorney experience with your practice
In the Gain Servicing model, you benefit from our tools and technology, experience, expertise and optimization of LOPs without the risk you had previously been assuming by treating personal injury patients on LOPs and not having the right systems, processes, procedures and people in place.
A Newfound, Viable Source of Revenue: LOPs
With a financing partner like Gain Servicing, practices can open their doors even wider to personal injury and workers’ compensation patients.
Marketing for these ‘types’ of patients is relatively simple. Begin first by letting physicians know that they can bring their personal injury and workers’ compensation patients who are uninsured or underinsured to your facility. Many orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians are already treating or being approached by attorneys to treat these injured patients. You can also notify your local personal injury attorney offices or local litigation groups who legally represent potential patients of your willingness to accept their clients on a lien or LOP.
Communication with patients and attorneys is an ongoing requirement when dealing with LOPs; otherwise, it is possible they may settle the case without paying your medical bill. A technology-driven, experienced financing company, like Gain Servicing, takes on the role of an entire collections department while additionally providing LOP-specific tools, expertise and processes. Namely, LOP receivables do accumulate and age well beyond 120 days, and if not working with a medical-legal funding company, like Gain Servicing, you will need to allocate valuable resources to keep up to date and track your LOP accounts.
When evaluating alternatives to expand your reimbursement portfolio, accepting personal injury and workers’ compensation patients on LOPs is a sound business decision and requires minimal investment to significantly increase patient volume. You can reasonably expect that by opening communication with local attorneys, you will see consistent patient referrals – especially if you partner with an expert like Gain Servicing and have an efficient process surrounding LOPs.
If your practice has already been treating patients on LOPs and you need to increase your cash flow now, seek an experienced partner to monetize that patient volume through lien purchasing or servicing. Gain Servicing has several different options available, and we can customize a solution that will result in the greatest return on investment for your practice.
More About Gain Servicing
Gain Servicing specializes in the financing and servicing of personal injury and workers’ compensation patient receivables.
Gain Servicing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cherokee Legal Holdings, a medical-legal funding company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 10 years, we have financed existing third-party liability accounts from patient care that has been provided at healthcare facilities and medical practices across the U.S. We provide the underwriting and up-front screening, as well as process the paperwork and conduct the necessary follow-ups with attorneys after procedures are complete. We pay medical providers for their patient care, assuming the risk while providing immediate cash flow to the practice. Our goal is to increase healthcare organizations’ cash flow now while seamlessly allowing providers to do what they do best – provide care to those in need.
Gain Servicing is the go-to solution for medical practices providing quality care to the injured, underinsured and uninsured.