The MBAA Blog

The MBAA blog contains an ongoing list of posts meant to provide professional insight into the current events, of the medical billing world, as well as advocacy. Here, Pat Palmer and the MBAA staff will share up-to-date information and thoughts on current events in the industry.

  • A Wellness Strategy Might Help Keep Healthcare Costs LowFebruary 10, 2016
    A Wellness Strategy Might Help Keep Healthcare Costs Low

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This statement is true in so many ways, and this idea could help keep healthcare costs low for many individuals. It’s always better to take good care of ourselves so that we might avoid health ailments in the future. The cost of…

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  • Real Life Medical Bill Stories: Unexpected Out-of-Network ChargesDecember 21, 2015
    Real Life Medical Bill Stories: Unexpected Out-of-Network Charges

    Almost a year ago, I began being plagued with a recurrent medical condition that sent me to the doctor every few weeks. During most of my visits, I had to have lab work done. The provider, who was part of my health insurance plan network, would use an in-network laboratory for my lab work, and…

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  • Some Health Insurance Plans Lead to Larger BillsDecember 1, 2015
    Some Health Insurance Plans Lead to Larger Bills

    Health insurance plans in the Marketplace, created by the federal government, are divided into four primary categories: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The plan category typically pays a specific percentage of your healthcare costs, leaving you to pay the remainder. On average, a bronze plan pays approximately 60% of your healthcare costs, silver pays 70%,…

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  • Surprise Medical BillsNovember 20, 2015
    Surprise Medical Bills

    How can someone receive a medical bill they were not expecting? This might seem unlikely, but actually, this is occurring more and more. Patients across the U.S. are receiving bills from physicians that their health insurance will not cover because that doctor is not in their health insurance network. More fortunate patients might have an…

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