My six year old just started first grade, and on the first day, he brought home a whole packet of forms for me to fill out. Every time my sons' or I go for our annual checkups, there are always a bunch of forms to fill out. In this day and age you'd think all that information could be stored on a computer and updated as needed. Filling out paperwork is very time consuming, especially when the information doesn't change very often.
I'm just the patient having to fill out forms once a year. Can you imagine all the paperwork a doctor has to fill out? Every patient, multiple forms, every day. That's a lot of work, and paper.
Finally, there is a company to help speed up the form filling process for doctors. They create software called ub-04 software, to help doctors in the filling out of medical insurance forms.
The software helps you create templates with pre-filled information, so you don't have to retype it every time.
You also don't have to print out each form after it's filled out. The software uses electronic billing to submit claims. It's a very simple process. Fill out the ub04 claim form(s) and select the ones you would like to submit. The software creates a single file in a special EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) format. It contains all of the selected forms in one file, which can then be sent to a clearinghouse for electronic billing.
The ub-04 software saves doctors time that they can now spend with patients. It is a very green method of filling out medical billing forms. It saves on trees as there is less paper and envelopes used. It also saves money, since stamps are no longer needed to mail out the forms.