CONTRACTUAL ALLOWANCE Definition

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CONTRACTUAL ALLOWANCE, in healthcare, is the difference between what hospitals bill and what they receive in payment from third party payers, most commonly government programs; also known as contractual adjustment.

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CHART OF ACCOUNTS is a list of ledger account names and associated numbers arranged in the order in which they normally appear in the financial statements. The Chart of Accounts are customarily arranged in the following order: Assets, Liabilities, Owners Equity (Stockholders Equity for a corporation), Revenue, and Expenses.

FOOTING, in accounting, is the sum of a column of figures.

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