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Companies that review medical bills and hospital bills for overcharging errors usually work on a contingency basis, meaning they get paid a percentage of the amount they save you. That percentage can be as high as 50%, so make sure you understand their charges before you have them review your medical bills or hospital bills. Also, read our tips below.Medical Billing Advocates of America - Today's complex medical billing and hospital billing system allows fraud and abuse to go undetected. Studies have shown that as many as 9 out of 10 medical bills and hospital bills contain errors (of course, always overcharging you). Hospital bill errors and doctor bill errors are compounded by the fact that insurance companies are not reimbursing correctly--they just pay the incorrect medical bills unquestioningly, but deny legitimate charges. MBAA can help consumers do something about it. As Seen On: CNN
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Edward R. Waxman & Associates - says ten percent of the average hospital bill of $10,000 or more is composed of overcharges. If you've received a hospital bill of $10,000 or more from a hospital located in the United States, and you don't have any medical insurance coverage, this firm says they will charge you a contingency fee of one third of the amount they save you.
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Coding - Everything about physician billing and coding.
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Request both the hospital and your insurance company to audit the hospital and doctor bills.
Demand an itemized bill (you must be given an itemized bill if you request one) and review for the following:
Duplicate billing: Make sure you haven't been charged twice for the same
service, supplies or medications.
Up Selling: This occurs when a doctor orders a generic drug which is readily available, but the hospital provides you with a more costly brand name drug without your knowledge or consent and bills you for the more costly medication. Since you are not an expert at determining whether or not a drug use generic and you may not have even been in a mental condition to make that determination; your doctor ordered the generic drug; and it was readily available in the hospital drug store, you are not responsible for the increased charge.
Fraudulent Coding often called Up Coding: Hospitals may change the charge for a lower cost service or medication to one that's more costly. For instance, a doctor may order a generic drug, but the hospital "accidentally" bills the patient for a much more expensive brand name drug when the generic is actually provided. If done intentionally, this is fraud. Where this occurs several times on one bill or occurs with multiple patients, this could constitute intent.
Fraudulent Coding/Weird Charges/Fake Language: Hospitals may invent confusing language to cheat patients. They use medical sounding names for everyday items and charge you an astronomical price. For example, an "oral administration fee" is really a charge for the nurse handing you pills. You do not have to pay for that because it is part of the room and board. Other items that have appeared on hospital bills are: "disposable mucous recovery systems" (a box of Kleenex tissues); "Thermal therapy" (a plastic bag filled with ice); "Gauze collection bag" (a trash bag); and finally, one patient who was given a teddy bear by the hospital and charged for a "cough support device." Not only is this fraud, but the teddy bear was a gift.
Keystroke error: A computer operator accidentally hits the wrong key on a
keyboard which can result in an incorrect charge
or a charge for a service you didn't get.
Assignment: Check to see if the hospital or doctor accepts assignment of your insurance payment. This means that the hospital or doctor is allowed to bill your medical insurance and to receive payment directly by your insurance company, without a check going to you. This is a good thing. You can find out if the medical provider accepts assignment by asking your insurance company. When a hospital or doctor accepts an assignment, you are assigning to the hospital or doctor, your right to the reimbursement check from your insurance company. By accepting assignment, the medical provider is now in your position and has whatever legal rights you had to collect the payment, and no more. When accepting assignment, a hospital or doctor may not legally seek any payment from you. This means that if the medical provider bills your insurance company for $3,682 and you were only entitled to be reimbursed $1,136, the medical provider must accept this amount and you are not responsible for the remainder of the bill.
Why do hospitals and doctors accept assignment? Because when the check goes to the patient, many patients keep the money which requires the hospital or doctor to sue the patient. Accepting assignment allows the medical provider to know that they will be paid and to avoid the costs of litigation if the medical provider must sue the patient to recover payment for services rendered.
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