Oldest Veterinary Practice in Haywood County Implements Cutting-Edge Payment Plan Program

Junaluska Animal Hospital expands access to high-quality and affordable animal care with recent iCare Financial partnership.

Atlanta, GA – May 1, 2020

As the oldest veterinary practice in Waynesville, NC, Junaluska Animal Hospital has been a staple in the community. Started in 1953, the practice has evolved from treating large animals, to today, now specializing in providing medical care for small animals. With a host of after hours options available, including emergency medical care, the team of experienced doctors led by Dr. William Snyder, Dr. Michael Giusti, and Dr. Jeffery Alt are what set Junaluska Animal Hospital apart from the rest. And, the practice’s October 2015 rollout of iCare Financial, an affordable payment program has given North Carolina residents even more access to the medical care and services their pets need.

Many people experience unexpected emergency treatments and do not always have money on hand to cover these medical expenses. Our pets are our babies and part of our families too! So, naturally, it is a relief to have so many cost options for our clients. It also takes pressure and stress off of our staff, who’s main focus is to help the pets. It is so fulfilling to know that we can provide the medical care their pets need and also give them affordable options to pay,” explains Junaluska Animal Hospital’s Office Manager, Marguerite.

Through iCare patients can divide animal care costs into small monthly payments without having to undergo an intrusive credit check. Not only does this lower the financial burden that pet care often places on families, but it also helps Junaluska Animal Hospital reach and treat more of their furry patients.

In addition, to the payment options for families, iCare reduces the administrative overhead for veterinary practices, giving them more time to do what they do best: love and care for animals! iCare handles all payment collection, processing, and transfers payments to the practice within 2 business days. To also lower the risk to the veterinarian practice, iCare provides a repayment guarantee and will pay the amount owed if a patient defaults on their original payment arrangement.

“With iCare, our income that originally would be turned over to collections or written off for non-payment has significantly decreased. Our families truly appreciate the multiple monthly payment options and it makes it much easier for them to manage their own finances with the care they need for their pets,” the Office Manager explains.

Family Friendly Dentistry In North Carolina Grows Revenue with iCare Financial.

Atlanta, GA – January 4, 2019

Dr. E. Smoak Ackerman, owner of Family Friendly Dentistry and a board-certified dentist known by Youngsville, North Carolina residents for his infectious personality introduces an innovative dental billing plan, iCare Financial, to make dental care more affordable for local patients. As the top dental practice for over 10 years, offering a full suite of high-quality dental services, the new iCare partnership has enabled Dr. Ackerman to expand his reach and give families the access to dental care they deserve.

“iCare has enabled us to provide the best care for all of our patients, especially in those cases where money is the deciding factor. It really seems to be a weight lifted off of their shoulders to know that they can get the care they need. At Family Friendly Dentistry, we pride ourselves on providing the best and most compassionate dental care possible and by partnering with iCare to offer affordable payment options we are fulfilling our mission,” explains Rhonda, the Family Friendly Dentistry’s Office Manager.

Unlike other stringent dental financing programs, iCare does not require a credit check, allowing a larger number of patients to qualify for more affordable payment options, including the ability to pay for dental services in small monthly installments. For any dental practice, being able to provide more services not only increases the level of patient satisfaction, but also enables practices to increase their revenue without having to turn patients away.

Since the iCare Financial rollout in May 2018, Family Friendly Dentistry has effectively increased the number of booked appointments that would have been lost without offering iCare’s affordable installment plans. In addition, iCare handles all payment processing and collection, thereby reducing the burden on dental offices and freeing up their time to focus on what they do best: serving their patients. With iCare’s wraparound default coverage, dental practices still receive the money owed to them for dental services rendered even if a patient misses payments or defaults on the installment agreement.

Award-Winning Texas Dentist Implements New, Innovative Billing Program

Dr. Behrooz Khademazad announces a partnership with iCare Financial to offer more creative dental financing to Grand Prairie, TX area residents.

Atlanta, GA – August 1, 2019

Published and highly-recognized dentist, Dr. Behrooz Khademazad leads the way with Grand Prairie Family Dental in providing superior and affordable dental care for his patients. With over three decades of experience and known for their compassion, the leading dental practice offers a wide range of services including Implants, Braces, cosmetic, and preventive routine services. Their July 2012 rollout of iCare Financial has been a business game changer, enabling them to lower the financial burden of dental care and give families more payment plan options.

“We have had iCare for almost 7 years now and we love the ability it gives us to treat our patients without them having to worry about how they can afford the treatments. iCare is helping us fulfill our mission of providing customized care to each of our patients and to improve their lives and well-being through quality oral care,” explains Dr. Khademazad.

Unlike other medical billing programs that often require an extensive credit check, iCare enables patients to easily set up small, more affordable monthly payments. To help reduce the administrative burden of payment collection for dental practices, iCare also manages all payment processing directly with the patient and transfers payments to the dental practice within 2 business days. In addition, the financial burden of delinquent accounts is mitigated through iCare’s innovative program, whereby dental practices are guaranteed full payment for treatments rendered, regardless even if a patient is unable to fulfill their payment arrangement.

With a short implementation period, Grand Prairie Family Dental was able to get iCare up and running quickly and were pleased to begin offering the new payment options within a few weeks. As dental practices nationwide partner with iCare’s industry-leading dental billing program, gaining access to high-quality dental care will become more affordable.

The Sad Truth: Financial Euthanasia On The Rise

With medical costs on the rise, many pet owners are being faced with the harsh and financial decision of either pursuing care for their pets or putting them to sleep to defray costs. A phenomenon referred to as “economic or financial euthanasia” leaves pet owners trying to manage their pet’s health with shrinking family incomes. According to the Humane Society, Americans own approximately 83 million dogs and 95 million cats, which account for more than $55 billion spent on food and medical care for their pets each year.1

Yet, as veterinarian costs have increased, on average, by 10-12%2, pet owners are often left few options, including waiving necessary medical care, giving their pet(s) up for adoption, or choosing to put them to sleep – often for common, easily treatable ailments. In fact, 2 out of every 3 pets are euthanized every week solely due to economic reasons.3 And, among the senior population and with families living on fixed incomes, medical experts suggest that this deadly statistic may be much higher.

As the number of animals in shelters continues to rise and with the limited space and funding available to these shelters, nearly 3-4 million animals are euthanized each year.4 This is a very sad reality considering over 90% of those put to death could have been adopted, had the shelters had more time or resources to find suitable foster families.

The veterinary industry has made great strides in leveraging technology to make previously costly procedures easier to administer and less costly for pet owners. However, despite these advancements in the field, the average veterinarian appointment still costs a pet owner at least $250 per animal, even for routine care.5 Without creative and affordable financing options for pet owners, the rates of economic euthanasia will likely increase well into the future.

iCare Financial Flexible, Proven Veterinary Financing for Pet Owners 

To meet the financial challenges of pet owners, leading veterinary service providers are using innovative programs like iCare Financial to lower the financial cost of burden of veterinary care. Unlike other medical financing programs, iCare enables pet owners to gain instant access to monthly financing – all without a credit check. With 0% interest charged to pet owners, iCare guarantee all financing plans to the practice with no recourse. This eliminates the medical provider’s need to dedicate resources to pursue collections accounts and ensures a steady flow of income for the veterinary practice. As a seamless companion and supplement program to current financing programs, iCare can be used in conjunction with CareCredit or any other 3rd party financing services.

2 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/07/economic-euthanasia-pets-increases/7790733/

3 https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/advice/animal-doctor-risks-in-sidestepping-the-pet-insurance-safety-net/2017/04/28/0048aade-2a11-11e7-a616-d7c8a68c1a66_story.html?noredirect=on

4 https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2017/how-much-should-you-spend-to-save-sick-pet.html

5  https://blog.petplus.com/pet-tips/vet-visit-costs/

Economic Euthanasia is an American Tragedy

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Leading Dental Practice Announces Seven-Figure Savings with Innovative Billing Program

California-based dentist partners with iCare Financial to leverage creative financing to reach more patients and boost revenues.

Atlanta, GA – April 2, 2018

Dr. Marty Lipsey, a renowned California dentist and dental business consultant, has increased his business revenues by almost $1,000,000 by partnering with dental billing company, iCare Financial. As financial considerations keep more and more people from completing necessary treatment at the dental office, dental practices are forced to find proven ways to attract patients and to make it easier for them to say yes to treatment –  Dr. Lipsey’s practice was no exception. Getting patients to move forward can sometimes be challenging when the reasons for “dental avoidance” are considered. According to the American Dental Association, the cost of dental procedures is the number one reason households are skipping the dentist.

Yet, as other dental practices struggle to balance the cost of dental procedures with patients’ dental needs, Dr. Lipsey has seamlessly increased business by 20% each year. With iCare’s industry-changing program, Dr. Lipsey can provide all of his patients with a low-cost, affordable payment option to ensure they have access to the dental care they need.

“What I noticed with my patients is that they often couldn’t qualify for credit. Or, if they did qualify, it was not enough to cover the entire cost of their procedures,” explains Dr. Lipsey

Unlike other medical billing programs that require a credit check, iCare more easily enables patients to set up a monthly payment plan to cover the total cost of their dental procedures.

All of the backend payment tracking and account management is handled through iCare and dental practices are guaranteed payment, even if a patient’s account becomes delinquent.

With their easy-to-implement billing system, Dr. Lipsey was able to pair iCare’s payment options with his existing billing program and reach more patients without having to do any extra work.

As the founder and president of Medical Billing For Dentists, a team that helps dental practices to implement or improve treating snoring and sleep apnea in their practices, Dr. Lipsey has helped other dental practices incorporate iCare to grow their businesses.

“In the last five or six years, we are very near to doing $1,000,000 in business that we would have never done otherwise. I know this money would have never come in, no matter how you look at it. We just didn’t have the means of helping people pay for what they needed. This could have been money out the door that we were able to easily save by using iCare Financial.

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