CC Recurring Charges

The recurring charges feature can be used to select multiple credit cards to charge on a given day. It does not automatically process credit cards on the process date. Instead you must manually process the charges using the CC Recurring Charges tool.

Requirements: Set up Credit Card Processing with XCharge / OpenEdge, PayConnect, or PaySimple and have safely stored the patient's credit card information using tokens.

The general steps are as follows.

  1. Set up Patient Payment Plans or Repeating Charges.
  2. Enter patient's credit card information.
  3. Authorize the charge. See Authorizing Recurring Charges.
  4. If using repeating charges, run the Repeating Charge tool. See Repeating Charges.
  5. 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 Reports, Daily Payments Report, Aging of Accounts Receivable (A/R) Report and send Statements. This will prevent confusion.

Note: Do not run the tool and process charges at the same time on the same computer (e.g. do not have multiple instances of Open Dental running on the same computer, and use one instance to run the tool and another to process charges).

  1. In the Main Menu, click Tools, CC Recurring Charges.

    Recurring charges that meet this criteria will list:

    • The recurring charge date is on or after the date filter criteria set on the right. To change the date criteria, enter the date (MM/DD/YY) or click Today to insert today's date.
    • If using Clinics, the patient's default clinic or the clinic assigned to the patient's payment plan is selected under the Clinic filter.
    • Patient has an authorized recurring charge.
    • Patient has a balance owed or patient is a guarantor and family has a balance owed.
    • A charge has not been processed and applied for the scheduled recurring charge date.

    Note:
    • Declined charges remain in the list until the charge is successful, or the authorization is removed.
    • To force processing of a duplicate charge, check Force Duplicates before running recurring charges. Used if multiple family members have recurring charges setup on the same credit card. To set Force Duplicates as default, see XCharge Setup (one set of credentials) or PayConnect Setup (single set of credentials).
    • You can only run recurring charges for clinics you have access to.

  2. 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.
  3. 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 (see Credit Card Payments). For XCharge, 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.

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.

Failed 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.

XCharge 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.

Processing Dates

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 is determined by the following:

The Payment entry date will always reflect the actual date the charge was made.

Payment Plans

Recurring charges can also be set up for monthly 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.

Questions and Answers

Q: Can I set up multiple recurring charges for the same patient in one month (e.g. one for the 1st of the month and one for the 15th)?

A: No. Each patient can have only one recurring charge per month.