Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PSA: On Waiving Provider Fees

Not sure when this became "news:"

"Recent changes to policy and plan language and increased litigation by third-party payers suggests that out-of-network providers who waive co-pays and deductibles may be in for some rough sailing"

One supposes it's a symptom of ObamaPlan "skinny networks," but the concept is quite established.

I reached out to co-blogger Kelley Beloff (herself a medical office manager), who confirmed that "you cannot routinely waive any portion of a patient's responsibility. This is stupid, you are leaving money on the table and trains patients that they do not have to pay. Come to think of it, I have not heard in a while, "My other doctors don't collect a copay." Old news."

So there ya go.
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