Most report programs begin with a screen of options that will define and restrict the report’s output. The default settings on the options screen may give you exactly the report you want. If not, you can make changes that will limit the report’s results or format the output.
Here is the options screen for the Insurance Reimbursement Analysis (
irareport is very flexible and powerful, so there are many choices on the options screen.
After you set and select your desired options, press a function key (usually F1), to read the report. Sometimes there are several function keys which run different reports. The
ira report, for example, contains three different report formats, labeled F1 through F3, as shown above.
The next sections contain explanations of each of the different types of options you will find in Partner reports.
Almost every report can be restricted by a date range. The default date range for
ira is year-to-date, the default date range for Deposit Slip (
deposit) is today’s date. You can alter the date range by entering new dates in the From and To fields.
Reports that show the age of balances, such as the Insurance Accounts Receivable Summary ([prog]insaging[/prog]) and the Personal Money Tracking Assistant ([prog]persview[/prog]), allow you to measure the age by three different dates:
Transaction Date: Age the balance by the date of service, when the visit occurred.
Posting Date: Age the balance by the date the service was entered into Partner.
Payor Date: Age the balance by the date on which the charge became the responsibility of the current party. This is also called the “Payor Responsibility Date.”
In most situations, aging by transaction date makes the most sense. You usually want to know how old charges really are, from the date of service. Many reports offer only that option.
When Do You Use the Payor Date Option?: If you are reviewing overdue personal accounts, for example, you would want to use the Payor Date when you review accounts in (or create overdue letters) in
persview. Otherwise, an old charge that was just rejected by the insurance company last week would trigger a late notice for the family! When you choose the Payor Date option, however, Partner is smart enough to know that the charge has only been the family’s responsibility for a week.
Sort and Subtotal Features
The “Subtotal Data By” fields, available on some options screens, have a profound effect on a report’s output. Different subtotal lines reshape a report and can make it more useful for your practice management decisions. Enter an asterisk (*) in any subtotal field to see the different variables by which you can subtotal the report.
If you want to know how many times each provider performed each procedure over a period of time, run
ira and enter “Provider of Service” followed by “Procedure” in the Subtotal Data fields. Then press F1 – Summary Report.
The resulting output will include a section for each provider, details about their procedures for the given date range, and useful totals.
If you reverse the order of the items in the Subtotal Data By fields, and run the same report,
ira will sort and total the same data in a different way:
The providers’ numbers for each procedure are identical in the two examples above. The different subtotal field order, however, provides an alternate way to analyze the data.
The Deposit Slips (
deposit) program also has a sort/subtotal feature. If your practice needs to balance its cash drawer by user, for example, you could set the options as follows:
deposit options screen displays the subtotal features differently from the
ira screen, but the feature works the same way.
Some reports, such as
deposit, include a “Totals Only” option. This option removes the individual lines of the report, leaving only the totals:
Use “Totals Only” to simplify the report output and view only the total and subtotal information.
Destination selection options often appear on the criteria screens of reports. For more information, read Destination Selection.