Paperless statements (e-statements) are a simple and effective way to receive, manage, and keep records of patients' billing information online while reducing environmental impact.
The e-statement flag is set with the "onlinestatementonly" parameter in the PUT and POST /patients/ API call.
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If the patient doesn't have an email address on record then the partner shouldn't display the e-statement opt in.
If the patient has already opted into e-statements, the partner shouldn't display the opt-in option again. We ask that our partners not allow the patient to opt out of receiving e-statements through their application; instead, patients should use the patient portal to opt out of e-statements.
If the patient has an email address on record, is registered for a patient portal account, and the returned e-statement parameter status is false or null (not present), the partner’s application should display the e-statement opt-in question to the patient.
If the patient has an email address on record, is not registered for a patient portal account, and the returned e-statement parameter status is false or null, then partners should display the e-statement opt-in in their UI. In this case the partner may want to surface the email address field again for double verification.
athenahealth does not recommend defaulting this question to "Yes"; rather the patient must explicitly opt in to receive e-statements.
E-statements will be posted to the portal whether the patient has a portal account or not. The patient will still receive an email notification directing them to the portal to retrieve their statements. They can then manage their e-statement opt-in from within the portal if they want to change it.
The benefits of signing up include:
- Receive, manage, and keep records of your billing information online
- Reduce your environmental impact while optimizing security and convenience
- Receive email notification the moment new statements are available
"Paperless statements are a simple way to reduce your environmental impact. By selecting the option below, you allow your practice to cut down on paper and manage your billing online."
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