Max Out of Pocket

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. XV

June 15th is officially the last day of my state’s stay at home order. We were already peeling back several layers of the initial order, but now we are officially moving into a laxer “safer at home advisory“. This change means many more sections of my local economy can reopen and the cap on scheduled gatherings of 10 or less will be removed. It may eventually mean weekly editions of Max’s Back Pocket will also...

Are You Passing Up On Free Dental Cleanings?

The dentist office is a good place to reflect on just how fast time flies. That’s because for most people, a trip to the dentist means another six months has flown by. In between awkwardly talking to our hygienist about the weather with our mouth half-open, we strategically throw in the, “I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months”. It’s a nice effort to mix up the small talk. If you are missing out on...

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. XIV

The Max Out of Pocket crew had another productive week. Mrs. Max OOP closed out the school year remotely. It is officially summer break. I’m jealous, but math teachers deserve a break. I finished a huge project at the hospital that has been bogging me down for three weeks. Everything was submitted yesterday. My gym opened back up 6/1/2020 by appointment only. There are lots of new rules in place and they are doing the...

The Max Out of Pocket Blog: A 2020 HITMC Award Honoree

I launched my questionable blogging career just over a year ago. Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing. At the time I wasn’t even entirely sure what my niche was. I had a hobby in personal finance and a career in healthcare finance. Why not try to intersect the two? It is evident from my “start here” page that I was a little down on healthcare when I started Max Out of Pocket....

Small Critical Access Hospitals, Supersized Out-of-Pocket Costs

Let me set this up by saying I love critical access hospitals. They do incredible work providing healthcare services in the rural communities they support. Their administrators and clinicians wear many hats and are stretched in ways hospitals in urban areas would probably never ever understand. Quite often, they are a beacon of the local community they serve. We are talking about some pretty amazing people here.   But the outpatient Medicare payment methodology for...