Last Updated on October 28, 2022
As home healthcare providers, it can be tough to juggle back-office operations alongside your medical services. Unfortunately, the situation is made worse by delayed customer payments that often take weeks or even months. Sometimes, delayed customer payments can lead to a frustrating cycle of negative cash flow and mounting debt.
To keep your home healthcare company sustainable in the long run, you need cash to make payments, treat patients, and meet payroll obligations – this is where home healthcare factoring comes in.
In this article, we discuss how invoice factoring for home healthcare companies works, its benefits, and how it compares to other financing alternatives. Read on to learn how altLINE can improve your cash flow through home healthcare factoring!
What Is Home Healthcare Factoring?
Home healthcare factoring is when your business sells invoices to a third party like altLINE in exchange for cash advances. Invoice factoring is especially useful to deal with customer payment delays, reducing your chances of getting negative cash flow that can hurt your business. Home healthcare factoring is also used to access working capital when you need it, rather than relying on customer payment timelines.
Benefits Of Invoice Factoring For Home Health Care Companies
Home healthcare factoring is a great way to accelerate delayed customer payments and unlock growth capital. Check out how invoice factoring can help you access cash when you need it:
Get Your Accounts Invoices Paid In Days, Not Months
The best home care factoring companies fund your invoices within 1 or 2 days. This means you can receive up to 90% of your earnings right away instead of in 30, 60, or even 90 days.
Access Capital To Grow Your Business While Maintaining Equity
Business owners often sacrifice equity to fuel growth opportunities, but invoice factoring can set them up for long-term success. Healthcare factoring provides the cash advance to fund business growth, pay expenses, and meet payroll without sacrificing equity or assets.
Get Cash When You Need It Most
Late customer payments and overdue invoices cause cash flow disruptions that can hurt your business. Accelerating payments through cash advances gives you the money needed to keep your business financially healthy.
How Does Home Healthcare Factoring Work?
altLINE’s home healthcare factoring services work by turning unpaid invoices into cash advances to fund your business. Additionally, factoring home healthcare invoices through altLINE softens the financial blow of late customer payments. Instead of waiting on customers to pay, you can use invoice factoring services to get cash whenever you need it.
Here is how you can qualify for our home healthcare factoring services:
Submit Your Unpaid Invoices
altLINE accepts all kinds of outstanding customer invoices for factoring. We generally favor invoices for creditworthy customers and established companies. Additionally, we do not factor invoices for customers who frequently dodge repayment.
If your invoice turnover time is between 30 and 90 days, your receivables are well-positioned for factoring.
altLINE Advances Up To 80-90% Of The Invoice Face Value
You can generally expect a factoring advance rate of up to 90% of your invoice’s value and to receive the cash advance between 24 and 48 hours of submission to altLINE. The exact timing of your deposit may vary depending on when the customer marks the job as completed.
altLINE Helps Collect Payment For Your Outstanding Invoices
altLINE assists your payment collections team by providing a secure lockbox for the money and reporting progress through an online customer portal. If issues arise, our team can resolve disputes professionally to ensure you maintain good business relationships with customers.
altLINE Pays Out The Remaining Unpaid Invoice
After payment collection, we deduct our factoring fee (typically 1-5% of your invoice) and transfer the remaining invoice value to your company.
Uses For Your Factoring Cash Advance
Receiving cash advances from home healthcare factoring means you do not have to wait on customer payments to fund your business. Instead, you can avoid long payment cycles and unlock growth capital sooner to accelerate business development.
Here are some ways you can use invoice factoring cash advances:
Doctors, nurses, and aides are the heart of every home healthcare business, and you must pay them on time to maintain productivity and satisfaction. Unfortunately, delayed customer payments cause negative cash flow that jeopardizes your payroll obligations. Invoice factoring provides the cash necessary to pay staff salaries without waiting on invoices to clear.
Take On New Jobs
You should not be forced to wait for customer payments to clear to treat more patients and grow your business. Cash advances from home healthcare factoring pay for the tools and equipment you need to treat patients and accept new work while safeguarding your assets and equity.
Pay Operating Expenses
With negative cash flow, paying for insurance, transportation, and other home healthcare expenses is challenging. Invoice factoring gives you the cash you need to cover these obligations without waiting for customer payments or sacrificing equity.
Healthcare Businesses We Fund And Finance
altLINE’s factoring services improve cash flow for various businesses in the healthcare sector. Here are just some of the businesses that can benefit from invoice factoring:
- Childbirth services
- Nutrition clinics
- Medical equipment suppliers
- Medical records management centers
- Physical therapy centers
- Diabetic care centers
Factoring Your Home Healthcare Invoices vs Other Funding Options
In addition to home care factoring, you have a few other financing options to improve your cash flow. What are these options, and are they better than invoice factoring? Here is a comparison between home care factoring and alternative financing methods:
Home Healthcare Factoring vs Bank Line Of Credit
Many home healthcare businesses choose a bank line of credit as their first financing solution. While many companies can qualify for one, a bank line of credit may not supply enough funds to grow your business.
Banks typically approve your line of credit application by looking at your fixed assets. If you do not have many fixed assets because you are a new healthcare company, you may not get a high credit limit or have a harder time qualifying for a line of credit.
Home healthcare factoring is typically better for new healthcare companies because factoring companies look at your customers instead of fixed assets to provide funding. If you work with an established customer base, factoring companies will give you enough working capital when banks cannot.
Home Healthcare Factoring vs ACH/MCA Loans
ACH (automated clearing house) and MCA (merchant cash advance) loans offer easy qualification through online bank statement reviews. Additionally, they provide quick funding with one or two days turnaround time.
However, their ease and speed are offset by high interest and lender fees that can cost 60% of your original loan. If you cannot repay these loans before they are due, you can land in serious financial trouble.
Home healthcare factoring is usually safer for your finances because customers will pay your invoice, thus repaying your cash advance. While invoice factoring is not debt-free, you are much more likely to repay a factoring cash advance, so you do not have to stress over debt repayments.
Home Healthcare Factoring vs Quick Pay Discounts
You can offer discounted rates to customers who pay invoices early, accelerating your cash flow when needed. However, this method almost entirely depends on your customers’ needs.
If they prioritize having more cash on hand or good cash flow, they may skip your discount offer and pay when the invoice is due, leaving you low on cash and unable to grow your business.
Therefore, quick pay discounts should only be used when you’re sure that customers will take your offer.
Home healthcare factoring is generally more reliable because you will receive a cash advance as long as your invoices are approved.
Typical Factoring Rates And Fees
Invoice factoring rates depend on how much you plan to factor and how long customers take to pay. You will usually get lower rates by factoring more amounts and getting customers to pay faster.
We also consider additional criteria like your business tenure, customer base diversity, and overall customer credit quality.
We charge two types of factoring fees:
- Initial fee: This fee covers our invoice processing expenses for a set initial duration (typically the first 30 days). Your initial fee generally costs 0.90-3.50% of your invoice’s total value.
- Incremental fees: These fees cover invoice processing expenses beyond the initial fee period Your incremental fees cost 0.25-1.50% of your total invoice face value.
Requirements To Apply For Home Health Care Factoring
You need to apply to be eligible for home healthcare factoring cash advances. Here are the documents you need:
List Of Existing And Potential Customers
As part of your qualification process, we need the addresses and contact information of all your existing and potential customers. altLINE needs this list to review their credit quality and decide factoring eligibility.
altLINE requires you to submit a completed factoring form. Enclose these documents alongside your application:
- Business ownership identification
- Personal identification
- Employer Identification Number
- Customer contracts
- Articles of incorporation and other relevant corporate documents
Accounts Receivable Aging Report
An accounts receivable aging schedule records all your invoices based on their due dates. altLINE needs this report to research customer payment behaviors and examine whether they are eligible for factoring.
We will accept invoices that are 30 to 90 days outstanding, but invoices that customers cannot repay may be ineligible for factoring.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Factoring Services
Here are some typical questions about healthcare factoring answered:
Do you need to run a credit check before getting started?
altLINE runs a credit and background check on all home healthcare company owners. However, there are no minimum credit thresholds for approval. Background checks are reviewed for financial-related crimes or felonies. In the event a borrower has a spotty background, approval with altLINE may be in question, but in the event the borrower is disqualified, altLINE will often work with the borrower to identify a home healthcare factor that is willing to help.
Do you require UCC filings when factoring home healthcare invoices?
Upon executing a term sheet, altLINE will file a UCC on the client’s business. This UCC filing allows altLINE to properly secure the collateral (i.e. the invoices) it plans to advance against when the factoring facility is in place. UCC filings are an integral part of any form of lending.
Is home healthcare factoring a debt or loan?
Home healthcare factoring is neither debt nor a loan. Invoice factoring is the sale of your invoices to a third party. The money advanced against these invoices will be repaid by your customers.
However, altLINE is a recourse factor, so you may need to pay the cash advance back if your customer fails to pay their invoice.
Do you offer non-recourse home healthcare factoring?
altLINE only offers recourse home healthcare factoring. While you must repay the cash advance if your customer fails to pay, recourse factoring structures often allow for factors to extend lower rates and larger credit limits on your customers.
Jim is the General Manager of altLINE by The Southern Bank. altLINE partners with lenders nationwide to provide invoice factoring and accounts receivable financing to their small and medium-sized business customers. altLINE is a direct bank lender and a division of The Southern Bank Company, a community bank originally founded in 1936.