My own opinion is that this is part of the business of medicine and should not be separately charged to the patient.
Our surgical practice does not charge for this service. My parents' physician has never charged me for completing my FMLA paperwork (though I've offered - after all I'm not his patient and the forms are 3-4 pages long!).
However, I know some practices that do impose a nominal fee.
As you consider the possibility of imposing such fees, you should consider the options. Will you charge for every form you need to fill out? You might want to include the first form as part of the package, but charge for all subsequent forms. You might want to include any forms that are specifically for the patient, but charge for forms needed for spouse or other family members. You might have a different policy for Worker's Comp or other accident/injury cases.
If you are going to go this route the key is that you MUST have the information made clear to the patient BEFORE the need for it arises. Surprises do NOT make for good patient relations. A patient should know in advance of scheduling surgery that you are going to charge him/her for completing such forms so the patient can make an informed decision whether to continue care with your office, or seek another surgeon.
Hope that was helpful.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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