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Medical billing from home

Question
How do I know if an offer to do electronic medical billing from my home is a good idea? 
Answer
Medical billing services are among the most popular business opportunities being publicized to the home-based business market. But you must do your due diligence. Here's how:

First, visit the Federal Trade Commission's web site at www.ftc.gov. Review their page on business scams. See if this company is listed. Look at the reasons the FTC is citing other medical bill software companies. How does the one you're considering compare?

Second, call the Attorney's General Office or Office of Consumer Affairs in the state the company is based. Ask if they have a file on the company. If both of these check out clean, call the company and ask for references from people who have six months or more experience with the company. Call those references and ask them not only how it's going for them, but what they don't like about it. Does the company follow through with its claims?

It also wouldn't hurt to call your own physician, dentist, optometrist, etc. and ask if they are currently using such a service and what they think about it.

If the company asks you to invest money up front, that's not a good sign. If you pay it, don't write a check for more than you can recover from in one month. 
Brain Trust contributor: Co-Author of The 30 Second Commute
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