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.

  • 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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  • Real Life Medical Bill Stories: Preventing Out-of-Network ChargesNovember 3, 2015
    Real Life Medical Bill Stories: Preventing Out-of-Network Charges

    In a recent blog post, I shared an experience I had with a local hospital who wanted a lump sum of money up front for services that had yet to be rendered when I had a health insurance plan that covered the procedure at 100%. Here, I will share more of that same experience with…

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