Category: ER Billing

Cost of ER visits nearly doubled as fees are coded at highest level – Houston Chronicle

Even though the number of insured emergency room visits has stayed about the same in recent years, the cost to step inside the door has nearly doubled, according to new data released by a health care policy group. In 2016,

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Delays Controversial Change After Backlash

The largest health insurer in Texas was set to change a review process on Monday. But it has been delayed until August 6th, after getting backlash from physicians in Texas. If the new process is launched, Blue Cross Blue Shield of

Emergency rooms to see impact is Blue Cross Blue Shield passed; -Amarillo

A rule that could effect how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas customers are treated during a health emergency has been postponed for at least 60 days. Local urgent care centers will not be effected if the new rule were

Why your next ER visit could cost you more if you have BCBS

A trip to the emergency room could soon become more expensive for some Texans. Starting June 4, the state’s largest health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is changing how it processes ER claims. The company says the change is for BCBS’s fully

ER doctors: Anthem policy to deny coverage for some visits is dangerous

A group of emergency room doctors is pushing back on a program from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield that could deny reimbursement for those using the hospital emergency room for treatment the insurer doesn’t deem an emergency. Emergency room

That freestanding emergency room is probably not in-network, no matter what the website says | Health Care | Dallas News

A Texas law aimed at protecting patients from shocking medical bills after visits to free-standing emergency rooms may not be reducing consumer confusion as intended. The law, which went into effect in September, requires the ERs to say on their

State legislator wanted to help freestanding ER patients avoid shocking bills— but is his law working?

A Texas law aimed at protecting patients from shocking medical bills after visits to freestanding emergency rooms may not be reducing consumer confusion as intended. The law, which went into effect in September, requires the ERs to say on their

Anthem expands its policy of punishing patients for ‘inappropriate’ ER visits

Over the last few months, Anthem, the nation’s biggest health insurer, has informed customers in several states that if they show up at the emergency room with a problem that later is deemed to have not been an emergency, their

In mediation, doctors reduce billed charges by millions – Houston Chronicle

Of $7 million in disputed surprise medical bills patients submitted to the state’s mediation process last year, insurers agreed to increase their overall payments by $1 million, new Texas Department of Insurance data show. That means physicians made the more

Could A Co-Pay Curb Emergency Room Abuse? « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

A U.S. Representative is weighing in on the idea of charging a co-pay to Medicaid patients who go to North Texas hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency reasons. Rep. Michael Burgess is also a doctor. The Republican Congressman says part of

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