Category: ER Billing

Will Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance change limit coverage in MS ER?

A physicians group is raising concerns about a planned Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi policy change it says could lead to less care being covered when a patient comes into the emergency room. The Mississippi chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Newsweek: Hospital Prices: Full Cost Lists Must Be Published From January 1st, New Federal Rule Says

Hospitals across the country have geared up to publish online price lists for all the medical services they provide, as a federal law takes effect on January 1. The new law, which was announced in April, should also make it easier for patients

New doctors group starts at ER;

After months of community concern about Envision Healthcare’s out of network billing practices, patients visiting Sutter Coast Hospital’s emergency department will be seen by a new physician’s group starting today. Sutter Coast Hospital announced Monday that Sound Physicians will be

Anthem’s effort to punish patients for ‘unnecessary’ ER visits has been a bust — but still burdens patients 

In the last few years, Anthem Blue Cross has made a strong bid for the award for the most heartless and senseless coverage policy in the health insurance business. Its competition entry is a policy that penalizes patients for seeking

Anthem ER policy could deny 1 in 6 visits if universally adopted, JAMA study warns 

Anthem ER policy could deny 1 in 6 visits if universally adopted, JAMA study warns Dive Brief: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s controversial policy that denies emergency coverage based on a patient’s diagnosis after a visit to the ER, would

New surprise bill lobbying from ER docs

New surprise bill lobbying from ER docs Two weeks after a handful of senators introduced legislation to curtail surprise medical bills, the American College of Emergency Physicians hired new lobbyists to handle the issue, Axios’ Bob Herman notes. Driving the news: ACEP, the

ER doctors say Iowa Medicaid change hurts patients, hospitals

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Emergency room physicians are protesting an Iowa Medicaid billing change that they say will harm low-income patients and hospitals. Starting Aug. 1, Iowa Medicaid no longer allowed emergency rooms to receive full reimbursement for treating some

Your insurance may not cover that emergency room visit

A change in emergency coverage announced by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield earlier this year means fewer visits to the emergency room are covered. A study published in the JAMA Network Open contends that one in six ER visits wouldn’t be covered

Envision Healthcare responds to UnitedHealthcare with PR blitz 

Envision Healthcare, a physician staffing firm that has been at the center of controversial emergency room bills, launched its own campaign Wednesday that blames health insurance companies for the rise of out-of-network surprise billing. The bottom line: This has turned into a contentious, public battle

Envision launches campaign to end ‘surprise’ bills amid UnitedHealthcare fight

Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare rolled out a digital video campaign targeting “surprise” or out-of-network medical bills Oct. 3 as one of the largest providers of emergency room services feuds with UnitedHealthcare over ER billing. Here are four things to know: 1. The video

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