Recurring charges can be used to process multiple credit card charges at once. This feature does not automatically process credit cards on the process date. You must manually process the charges using the CC Recurring Charges tool. Recurring charges works with X-Charge and PayConnect.
The Recurring Charges feature requires these steps:
- Set up a Payment Plan or a Repeating Charge.
- Save the credit card token.
- Authorize Recurring Charges for the patient.
- If using repeating charges, run the Repeating Charge tool.
- Run the CC Recurring Charge tool to process the charge.
Run the CC Recurring Charges Tool
Before running the tool, run any repeating charges and make sure Aging is up to date. After running the tool, run the Production and Income Report, Payment Report, Aging of A/R Report and Statements. This will prevent confusion. Do not run the tool while using X-Charge or PayConnect on the same computer.
- In the main menu click Tools, CC Recurring Charges.
To be listed on this window, patients must meet this criteria:
- An authorized recurring charge is setup.
- A charge has not been processed and applied to the recurring charge date (as set on the Credit Card window).
- Patient has a balance owed.
- If using Clinics, the patient's default clinic or the clinic assigned to the patient's payment plan must be selected under the Clinic filter. You can only run recurring charges for clinics you have access to (see Security User Profiles).
- Declined charges also remain in the list until the charge is successful, or the authorization is removed.
- Select the patients you wish to charge. Click All to select all patients, click None to deselect all patients, or click on each to highlight.
- Click Send to charge the credit cards.
While the charges are processing, do not click on the list. Doing so will reset the list, and, while payments may be successfully processed, the patients will still appear in the Recurring Charges list, and payments will not appear as posted in Open Dental. In this case, you will need to go to each patient's Account and post a Payment manually. For X-Charge, use a report to enter the approval code in the note section of the Payment window. Also, if you minimize Open Dental while the charges are processing, you will be unable to maximize it until all charges are complete.
When the cards are finished charging, check the Counts section to see successful or failed charges.
- Total: The total amount of recurring charges ready to be run.
- Selected: The number of charges that are currently selected for processing.
- Charged: The number of charges successfully processed during the most recent run.
- Update: (If using X-Charge Decline Minimizer only) The number of credit cards updated by Decline Minimizer.
- Failed: The number of charges that failed to process during the most recent run. When a card is declined, a matching transaction for $0.00, with a note that indicates the decline, will show in the patient's account ledger.
By default, payments are applied to the provider the family owes the most money to. To instead apply the payments to the patient's primary provider, change the setting in Account Module Preferences for 'Recurring charges use primary provider'.
This window can be left open to make it easy to view each patient's account. Remember to always click Refresh before charging more cards to make sure you have the most recent list of recurring charges.
If a patient remains in the list after running the tool, their charge was not successfully processed. Double click on any row to go directly to that patient's Account. Possible causes are a declined credit card or an old expiration date. Contact each patient to determine the cause, then make the needed changes. If the patient gives you a new card, you must add a new credit card and delete the old card. Do not edit existing cards because that can cause problems with tokens.
X-Charge Decline Minimizer: If using this tool and it updates credit card information, Open Dental will also update the information when the charge is processed. The Updated total on the right will show the number of cards updated.
Patients will appear in the list as long as their authorized recurring charge has not been processed in at least the last 30 days. If you run the tool on a date other than the credit card's authorized recurring charge date, the Payment date will be backdated, unless there is a Security lock date in place to prevent it. The entry date will always reflect the actual date the charge was made.
Recurring charges can also be set up for payment plans. When authorizing the recurring charge, select the payment plan the charge applies to. Payment plan charges will then show in the Recurring Charges list just like regular recurring charges.