Author: Evan Trickett

ACEP responds to recent articles on ER Billing 

WASHINGTON —A recent article in Vox about hospital billing practices makes a number of assertions that rely heavily on data from the Health Care Cost Institute or HCCI, which receives millions of dollars from four of the largest health insurance companies. According

ACEP challenges report on ER billing fees

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is challenging a recent report that says spending on hospital emergency room fees is on the rise. Vox and the Health Care Cost Institute analyzed more than 70 million bills for ER visits that were

Spending on emergency room fees has increased by $3 billion

There are 141 million visits to the emergency room each year, and nearly all of them (including Saifan’s) have a charge for something called a facility fee. This is the price of walking through the door and seeking service. It does not

Emergency room fees have risen since 2009

The price of facility fees has risen steadily in recent years. A level 3 code (99283) now costs, on average, $576. A level 4 code (99284) averages $810. Christina Animashaun/Vox “Hospitals can make a lot of money charging for all the

ER spending increased 85% (2009-2015)

Medical bills from the Emergency Room (ER) are a mystery to many patients in the US health system. From incredibly high, varying charges to surprise bills resulting from in/out of network confusion, many Americans have no idea what to expect when it comes

Surprise! Out-of-Network Billing for Emergency Care in the United States

Using insurance claims data, we show that in 22% of emergency episodes, patients attended in-network hospitals, but were treated by out-of-network physicians. Out-of-network billing allows physicians to significantly increase their payment rates relative to what they would be paid for

ER facility fees skyrocket faster than outpatient or overall healthcare spending

The report found that ER fees increased by more than $3 billion between 2009 and 2015 despite a 2% decrease in ER fees billed. There were only 9.4 million ER visits in 2015 compared to 10.5 million in 2009. So,

Unconscious Patient With ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital

Image: NEJM/University of Miami When an unresponsive patient arrived at a Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed onto the man’s chest—with the word “NOT” underlined and with his signature

Colorado – How an investigation into freestanding ERs turned into so much more 

What started with an email address and a plea has now turned into a project that’s saved viewers more than a quarter million to date. The odd thing is, was never intended to be a project that would take 9Wants

Utah unveils patient information tool to assist doctors prescribing opioids 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing on Wednesday showcased a new online patient dashboard that health providers can use to monitor opioid use before making prescription decisions. The feature, set to go live Thursday,