Cheap Internet Hosting, Business Web Hosting – Choosing the Right Web Host Package

With literally hundreds of web hosting providers competing for your business, it may be confusing to find the one that’s right for your web site. A few key considerations can help you narrow down your choices to the most affordable and best options to meet your personal, professional or business web page needs.

What kind of web site are you planning?

Your personal web page has far different needs than your professional web page and that needs a different style of hosting than an eCommerce storefront. Most web hosting companies offer plans sized to fit any size of style of your site. Which plan you choose depends on what you intend to do on your web site.

Personal Web Page Hosting

There are dozens of free servers that will host your personal sites for free, and many of them offer most of the perks that you get with a paid web hosting account. If you want a personal web page without the ads, though, you can find web page hosting for as little as $4.95 a month with no advertising, and with support for things like PHP and mySQL. Many affordable web hosting packages will even register a domain name for you for free.

Professional Hosting

If you’re setting up a site for a professional firm, you’ll definitely want to opt for a web page hosting provider that offers excellent support, free or cheap domain name registration and a good web site builder with professional looking templates to make creating your web site easy. If you’re planning to take orders or any sort of customer information via your web site, you’ll also want a web hosting provider that offers you secure server access (SSL). Depending on the features you choose, you can pay $4.95-$29.95 a month.

Business/eCommerce Hosting

If your business site is more than informational sites about your business, your web hosting package should include eCommerce software like a shopping cart, a checkout, a payment system and SSL access. You’ll also need more space and bandwidth allowance than a typical personal site. You’ll find many affordable eCommerce web hosting packages starting at around $14.95 a month.

Enterprise Level Hosting

Do you need space for your business to collaborate on projects, store information for easy retrieval and to track orders, deliveries and work hours? You’ll want to find a hosting company that specializes in providing enterprise level hosting solutions to large businesses. Your web hosting account should include the highest level security access to keep your important information safe, 24/7 customer support and tools to make access easy for all your employees. Affordable enterprise level packages start at around $99 a month and range upwards from there depending on the amount of customization and use your web pages will get.

5 Reasons Why Medical Credentialing Software Is Useless For Most Health Practices

Medical credentialing (the process of getting on insurance panels) is a hassle for many health providers. In response to this, several medical credentialing software companies have popped-up over the last few years, promising that their software will make the credentialing process easier. But will it?

In this article, we will look at how credentialing software works, and review several reasons why-unless your company has over 100 health providers-such software won’t save you time, or make the credentialing process easier.

Now, let’s look at why medical credentialing software is a time waster, not a time saver.

1) The Software Requires Hours-to-Days of Training

In general, the way credentialing software works is as follows: Paper-based provider enrollment applications are scanned into the software system, and “Mapped.” Mapping, in essence, means to take a paper-based application and turn it into an electronic form, where provider information can be typed (or imported) onto the application.

While the concept is straight forward, the execution is complicated. Training on how to use the software is laborious. One of the largest medical credentialing companies requests that new customers send their administrative staff for a weekend-long training course.

Hence, learning to use the software takes more time than most health practices will ever spend filling out provider applications manually. This, already, makes credentialing software unhelpful. However, in addition…

2) Using The Software Doesn’t Save Time

Even after someone is trained on how to use credentialing software, using the software still will not save time for practices with under 100 providers. If a medical practice has 100 providers or more, and each needs to be added to a specific group (let’s say 10) of insurance panels, credentialing software could save some time. Instead of needing to fill out 10 applications for each provider (one for each insurance company), one application can be completed for each provider, and that information imported electronically onto the other 9 applications, thereby saving transcription time.

The problem for the practice with less than 100 providers is that mapping a single new insurance application into the system can take several hours, and even then it might not work 100% correctly-and will need additional tweaking. Because of this, all the timesaving benefits are spent setting up the software.

This brings us to the next problem…

3) Medical Credentialing Software Programs don’t have all the Applications you need

Medical credentialing software companies claim that they have hundreds or thousands of provider applications in their systems, representing insurance companies across the USA. This may be true, but even the largest credentialing companies-when you really get down to brass tasks with them-admit they usually have less than half of the forms that any given customer needs (if you are working in behavioral health, for instance, forgettaboutit. There is a dearth of behavioral health applications in these systems).

Even is the software appears to have the application you require, beware! Health insurance companies are often updating their provider application forms-sometimes as frequently as every 6 months-and credentialing software has no feature for tracking or keeping up with this. Hence, submit an application generated from medical credentialing software and you might find that the application is rejected because it isn’t the most up-to-date form.

In addition…

4) Medical Credentialing Software is Useless for Online Applications

Many insurance companies are switching from paper-based documents to (exclusively) online provider application forms. This renders credentialing software useless, as there are no paper applications to map. And finally…

5) Completing the provider application is just the beginning.

Medical credentialing software companies claim that they save health organizations time by helping those organizations get health providers’ information down on paper faster.

While, for the reasons stated above, I don’t think this is true for any practice under 100 providers, even for larger organizations the reasons medical credentialing is time-consuming have little to do with filling out provider applications. Instead…

The Essence of Medical Credentialing

Getting on insurance panels is a grueling process because
(1) convincing insurance companies to accept your application can be a challenge, as many good panels are stating that they are ‘closed’,
(2) provider applications are always changing, and every application is different,
(3) credentialing requires a plethora of accompanying documentation, which needs to be provided exactly as requested,
(4) credentialing applications are often lost by insurance companies, or get stuck in the review proves, and
(5) successfully getting on insurance panels requires frequent calls to insurance companies to check-up on applications, and to help push the applications through to completion.

When it comes to these tasks, medical credentialing software is dead in the water.