Category Archives: medical billing news

American Medical Association Is Against Employing ICD-10 Medical Codes

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

Health professionals everywhere are busily preparing to implement the latest incarnation of medical billing codes, the ICD-10 system, which is set to be fully implemented in October of 2014. Many doctors and hospitals have already taken the new codes as a fact of doing business as a medical professional, but members of the American Medical […]

75 Million Americans Have Unpaid Medical Bills

Posted on: March 1st, 2014

Struggling with medical debt? You are not alone. Recent studies suggest that as many as 75 million Americans have unpaid medical bills. In fact, medical debt has surpassed many other types of debt and become the most common type of debt in the United States. Why has medical debt become such a major financial problem […]

Why Electronic Medical Billing Is Essential For Healthcare Reform

Posted on: December 17th, 2013

Many healthcare professionals have long realized that electronic billing saves time and money for a practice of virtually any size. Electronic billing is efficient and environmentally friendly. Because it requires less work to process, it is also much more cost effective than manual billing. As doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies prepare to transition into the […]

Electronic Medical Record Increase Creates Privacy Concerns

Posted on: December 16th, 2013

Computerized medical records are quickly becoming the main way in which doctors document patient visits. Digital records have many benefits. They are easily accessible by more than one doctor, and often more efficient than their hard copy counterparts. Digital records also allow for increased patient access and are more environmentally friendly than paper records. Some […]

30% Of All Medical Bills Contain Errors – What You Can Do

Posted on: December 14th, 2013

If you have been to a doctor or hospital lately, there is a good chances you have paid a little more for your visit than you originally thought it would cost. Medical expenses can be quite high for everyone, but did you know as many as 30% of all medical bills contain errors? How do […]

Healthcare.Gov Fix Creates Surge In Enrollment

Posted on: December 10th, 2013

Recently, the Healthcare.gov site saw major fixes in what was determined to be a site with as many as 400 bugs in it. The faulty site, which launched in October of 2013, kept many Americans for registering for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare. Officials in the Obama administration […]

How Medical Debt Can Impact Your Credit Score

Posted on: November 27th, 2013

Medical debt is a very common problem in America. As many as one in six credit reports contain some kind of medical debt collection, and medical debt collections comprise as many as half of all debt collections. While it can be very easy to let bills become overdue, medical financial obligations should always be met […]

Obama’s Updated Health Care Pledge

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

Recently, President Obama issued an apology to the American people for what he admits was a lapse in what he promised to deliver with his health care plan, the Affordable Care Act. The widespread act, which attempts to help reform health care and health insurance in a way that makes medical services more affordable and […]

HFMA Has Announced Best Practices For Medical Bill Communication

Posted on: November 20th, 2013

HFMA recently announced new guidelines for conversing with patients in regard to the financial logistics of their case. HFMA president and CEO Joseph J. Fifer explained that these guidelines have become particularly necessary in a time when billing has become more complex as many bills contain information from multiple billers and payers. Further, the reality […]

The Medical Debt Responsibility Act

Posted on: November 15th, 2013

The Medical Debt Responsibility Act, which has most recently been championed by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative Maxine Waters of California, appears to be very close to dead, according to many sources. The bill, which has for three years attempted to pass in Congress, seeks to minimize the impact of medical debt on […]