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: 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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  • Real Life Medical Bill Stories: Paying Before Receiving CareOctober 28, 2015
    Real Life Medical Bill Stories: Paying Before Receiving Care

    I have been fortunate enough to be armed with vital knowledge through Medical Billing Advocates of America of how to protect myself from erroneous charges and unreasonable prices on my medical bills. Last week, I found myself in an increasingly common situation in which everyone in the U.S. should be aware of. This particular occurrence…

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  • Exorbitant Out-of-Network Charges Detailed in New ReportOctober 19, 2015
    Exorbitant Out-of-Network Charges Detailed in New Report

    It seems that every week, the media reports more instances of patients being billed an exorbitant amount by an out-of-network provider, which likely came via a surprise medical bill. Far and wide, out-of-network providers are seemingly billing any amount they wish for their services. AHIP – America’s Health Insurance Plans – put out a report…

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  • Cost Variances for Healthcare ProceduresOctober 13, 2015
    Cost Variances for Healthcare Procedures

    Costs for medical procedures and services vary widely across the country. A recent study conducted by Castlight Health, Inc. sheds light on cost variances for healthcare procedures in different cities across the country. In this study, the 30 most populous cities were scrutinized for what some healthcare facilities charged for some common procedures and services. Middle-aged…

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