Category: Healthcare

How Much Does An Obstetric Ultrasound Cost In The First Trimester!?!

I suppose the time has come to let the cat out of the bag. The Max Out of Pocket crew is expecting! We are really excited! But more on that later. First things first, how much does an obstetric ultrasound cost in the first trimester? Let’s be real. I am probably the last person the healthcare finance industry wants going through this process. As healthcare pricing and surprise medical bills have become a hot topic...

Crossing The Shaky Bridge To Population-Based Payment Systems

I was lucky enough to attend another healthcare conference back in early December of 2019. Imagine that, a time when conferences were still being attended in person. Fresh off my recent trip to Ecuador to mingle with other personal finance nerds, I thought I would ease into my first week back at work with a two-day mini-conference.  It was the second day and we were scheduled to go until about noon. I was toward the...

2020 Insurance Premiums – My $22,450 Health Insurance Plan

When it looks like a purchase is going to run me more than a few hundred dollars, the analysis process starts. It is automatic, and I can’t stop it. Some might consider this a telltale sign of a cheapskate. But I know there is a difference between being cheap and being smart with your money. As a purchase moves into the several thousand-dollar range, a deeper analysis is required. It might even require an excel...

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...

Telehealth Billing: Exposed!

Well, school is back in session here at Max Out of Pocket. Last week I went through some of the options we have for telehealth. Those include video visits, telephone visits, e-visits, and a few other options we have in our back pocket. We even went through most of the billing codes that represent some of the ‘digital services’ we can get from our doctor. But how does my insurance know the services are telehealth?...