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Monday, October 13, 2014

Pricey Medical Billing Errors Can Cost Thousands: What You Can Do to Prevent it From Happening to You.

This guest blog was authored by Kristina Brown Thompson (NC Bar) of the Jernigan Law Firm.

How frequently do you think you’ve been overcharged by a medical provider? According to medical bill expert and founder of Medical Recovery Services, Pat Palmer, your chances are pretty high. According to Ms. Palmer, eight out of ten hospital bills contain numerous overcharges. These inaccuracies can add thousands of dollars to your medical costs. However, by carefully reviewing your bills you can check for common errors and follow up with the provider to make sure they are removed from your bill.
Here are a few tips that were mentioned in a recent online article.
1.  Check for duplicate charges. This one is self-explanatory however, easiest to spot on an itemized bill. If a charge doesn’t make sense, call the provider and make them explain it to you in clear terms.
2.  Look out for canceled tests or procedures that were never performed. To spot these errors, keep a list of all tests ordered at the doctor’s office or hospital so you can compare to the bill.
3.  Be on the alert for “upcoding” of a medical charge. This is where the hospital inflates a diagnosis or charge to one that is more serious than the one you were actually seen/treated for. Upcoding is illegal and fraudulent.
 For more information check out the full article “8 Medical Bill Errors You Need to Watch For” and, if you think you may have been overcharged, also check out Medical Recovery Services webpage at billadvocates.com. They have advocates who can review your medical bills and provide you with advice. Also, check out the story in “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” to read about how others have struggled with hefty medical bills and what can be done to prevent it from happening to you.
Read more about medical bills and workers' compensation:
Feb 17, 2012
Medical bills now account for almost 70% of the total of workers' compensation benefits paid, and the collection of those unpaid medical bills has exploded into a cottage business creating enormous procedural and ...
Jul 23, 2009
The number of disputes concerning the payment/reimbursement of medical bills have increased in workers' compensation claims in New Jersey. The State has proposed converting the Informal Hearing procedure into a new ...
Aug 29, 2013
A recently published study from the US Department of Health and Human Services (NIOSH) reports that 45% of emergency room medical expenses for occupational illnesses and disease are not expected to be paid by ...
Jun 26, 2009
(3) Billing review standards must be revised for prospective future payments of medical service provider bills to provide for payment of the charges at a rate not more than the charges made by eighty percent (80%) of the ...