Emergency Medicine Up Against the Ropes
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The specialty of emergency medicine has often found itself under attack, particularly by insurance plans and consumer advocates.  The former is understandable, the later never made much sense to me, given that emergency physicians provide more un-reimbursed care to the … Continue reading

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Forced Contracting: BCBS’s Answer to Balance Billing
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In what may be the most aggressive effort to date by a commercial health plan to undermine the value of physician services, and put a halt to surprise balance billing; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia sent out a notice … Continue reading

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Responding to Surprise Balance Bills for ER Care – Part 2
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As I mentioned in Part 1, if you get a surprise balance bill for ER care after being treated in an in-network hospital ER, you need to understand the terms of your health plan policy before you respond to this … Continue reading

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Responding to Surprise Balance Bills for ER Care – Part 1
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What is a surprise balance bill for ER services? Say you walk in to an ER that is in a hospital that your health insurance plan tells you is in the plan’s network, or you get taken to this ER … Continue reading

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