Generating the Billing List
Batch Statements generated via the billing list can be printed, sent to an electronic billing processing service, or emailed directly from Open Dental.
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Email: To securely email statements, see Electronic Billing. Regular email is not a secure method of sending statements (PHI).
Email is a patient's default mode when their billing type is an email billing type (in Definitions: Billing Types, E has been entered for E = Email bill). These statements will be emailed directly from the Email From address. The statement will be attached to the email as a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) and the default email message will be used. If using Clinics and Practice/Clinic is the Email From, the email address of the patient's clinic is used. If there is no clinic email, the practice default is used (General Email Settings). If a patient's email address is missing, that bill will be skipped and you will be notified.
Mail: The default mode for all non-email billing types (when electronic billing is turned off). These statements will be generated as one PDF file and previewed on-screen. Click Print to send the statements to the printer. Printed statements are designed to be printed on standard perforated billing paper and to fit inside a standard window envelope. Envelopes and billing paper may be ordered from many companies. We have found FormSource to have good service and reliability. See their Open Dental Healthcare Form Price List.
Electronic: The default mode for all non-email billing types when electronic billing is turned on. These statements will be sent to the electronic billing processing service.
InPerson: The mode for unsent statements generated from the Account module. These statements are generated as a PDF file then previewed on-screen. Click Print to send the statements to the printer.
A progress window may display while sending, if the preference is turned on in Manage Module Preferences. This is useful for large offices that send many batches of statements an once. You an also set the number of statements in a batch.
Overall: Indicates percentage of progress towards all sending statements.
Batch: Indicates percentage of progress towards printing the batches of statements.
Statement: Indicates the percentage of progress towards printing individual statements in the batch.
Progress Log: Displays a real-time log while statements are sending.
Pause/Resume: Click Pause to stop progress, finish the current statement to PDF, then send the current batch if applicable. Electronic billing statements will not be sent. Click Resume to keep sending statements.
Cancel: Finish the current batch and close the Billing Statement Progress window. The Bills window locks until the batch is finished. Electronic billing statements will not be sent.
If something went wrong during the printing process, you can unsend bills to reprint.
How do I change the delivery mode for statements?
Highlight the statements you want to change, then click Edit Selected. On the Statement window, select the mode, then click OK. This will change the mode for statements in this billing list only. To permanently change the default delivery mode for a patient, change their billing type (Edit Patient Information Window) or change electronic billing settings (Billing Defaults).