A survivor's guide to the world of HMOs, medical bills, and health insurance walks readers through the complicated processes surrounding health care, arming patients with important knowledge about rights and procedures. Reprint.
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ARM YOURSELF AGAINST THE ABUSES OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Ready for a real medical horror story? Nine out of ten medical bills contain errors. The average error per patient is $1,300. And the total yearly overcharge nationwide is a staggering $10 billion. Counting on your insurance to pick up the slack? Don't even think about it.
Now a leading consumer advocate for patients everywhere gives you the knowledge you need to fight back. THE MEDICAL BILL SURVIVAL GUIDE will help you get back what's yours -- and make sure you'll never have to spend an extra, unnecessary dime on the care you deserve, ever again. Discover:
-- What hospitals don't want you to know -- and how not knowing can cost you a fortune
-- The unbreakable code of medical-bill language -- and how to shatter it
-- Excessive, duplicate, hidden, and undocumented charges -- and how to bust them all
-- What insurance companies mean by usual, reasonable, and customary treatments -- and how to reverse your claim denials
-- The patient's financial bill of rights -- ten common courtesies worth fighting for.
When consumer advocate Pat Palmer formed Medical Billing Advocates of America in June 1997, her goal was simple: strengthen the networking possibilities of businesses established to review medical billing errors and correct insurance mistakes. After spending 11 years working to solve the growing problems with medical billing and the millions of errors that went undetected, Pat had founded Medical Recovery Service, Inc., a research company, in Salem, Virginia in 1994. Within six months, she received calls from individuals and companies in more than 30 states. These errors hit the hardest and hurt the most when people were recuperating and unable to work. Even people with insurance often pay all or part of their medical expenses out of pocket. Since medical billing research and advocacy was—and continues to be—a relatively new field, strong evidence underscored the need for an interactive network to support the growing number of individuals and businesses looking for assistance. That's why in June 1997 Medical Billing Advocates of America was born and began to offer this business opportunity as a helping hand for others around the country. Today, Pat Palmer's passion and desire to help right the wrong in "out of control" healthcare cost continues through her daughters, Candice Butcher, President and CEO and Christie Hudson, Vice President and COO of Medical Billing Advocates of America Inc. MBAA receives national publicity as a leading expert in the field of detecting medical billing errors and overcharges. Pat Palmer and her company MBAA has been featured on NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Prime Time Live, NBC’s Dateline and CNN. MBAA has done many interviews and has been quoted by national publications, including Newsweek, Modern Maturity, Self, Consumer Reports, Money Magazine, Reader’s Digest, National Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and numerous radio shows and news segments. The press continues to seek Medical Billing Advocates of America’s advice today, as the healthcare crisis continues and grows in America.
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Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110446608629