NEAR has developed strategic alliances with organizations that offer the medical community services such as billing, specialty consulting, technology & software and practice management.
NEAR is proud to be an active member in the following organizations:
ACA: The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, also known as ACA serves members and represents the industry by: Developing timely information based on sound research and disseminating it through innovative education, training and communications. The ACA promotes professional and ethical conduct in the global marketplace. The association acts as the members' voice in critical business, legislative, legal, regulatory and public arenas. ACA provides quality products and services to improve efficiency and profitability. Many of NEAR's collection personnel are certified by the ACA.
HFMA: The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation's leading membership organization for more than 34,000 healthcare financial management professionals employed by hospitals, integrated delivery systems, managed care organizations, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, physician practices, accounting and consulting firms, and insurance companies.
MGMA: The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), founded in 1926, is the nation's principal voice for medical group practice. MGMA's 19,500 members manage and lead more than 11,500 organizations in which more than 240,000 physicians practice.
NEAR is committed in following the guidelines and regulations of the following governmental acts:
FDCPA: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or FDCPA is meant and made for governing the conduct and activities of the Debt Collectors. It legalizes the consumer's right to restrict the unethical ways of a debt collector. The purpose of the Act is to provide guidelines for collection agencies that are seeking to collect legitimate debts, while providing protections and solutions for debtors.
HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule creates national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information and to give patients more control over their health information. HIPAA sets limits on the use and release of health records. It establishes safeguards that providers and health plans must implement to protect the privacy of health information. The Privacy Rule provides that, in general, a covered entity may not use or disclose an individual's healthcare information without permission except for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations.