I have several dermatopathologists working for me. At the end of each month, I direct my billing supervisor to produce a spreadsheet that documents the dates they worked for that month, the patient reports they produced, and the payment received for each case. As soon as I receive this spreadsheet, I review it and forward it to the respective dermatopathologist. I then issue a check for the previously agreed upon percentage of collections for the work they completed for me. This entire process appears to be the most efficient and transparent way to accurately document the work that was performed and match it with the received payments. I explained to my colleagues that I never want issues of money to come between us.
My grateful colleagues informed me that with other laboratories and dermatology offices where they have worked, all they receive is a check at the end of the month. There is no spreadsheet or statement that documents the work done or the payments received. It is all based upon trust. But that trust has its limits. One of my colleagues kept track of the patients he saw and the anticipated payments he should receive. In more than one instance, he found discrepancies between the services he performed and the payments the office received. Upon further investigation, his employer admitted he had not been as compulsive to follow up with some payors and receive all of their payments on time, erroneously entered wrong billing codes resulting in decreased reimbursement, or even neglected to bill for certain procedures.
Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
Colossians 4:1 (ESV)
This command of the Bible can be updated to today’s workplace. “Employers, treat your employees justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”
God holds me accountable to be completely honest and transparent with my colleagues and my employees. While they work for me, I work for God. I honor God by being a just and fair employer. Transparency is more than documenting financial transactions, it is being completely open and honest with my motives, something my employees can witness, but most importantly, something only God can see.
Money should never become an issue between myself and my employees and colleagues who work for me as long as I seek to put God first in my company and my life.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.