Category: Healthcare

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?...

Telehealth In A Nutshell: What Are My Options?

Most of us try and stay out of the doctor’s office. Max is no different. But in some cases, we just need some help from a doctor. Traditionally, these services were provided in a face-to-face office setting where our doctor can poke and prod us if needed. In the industry, we often call a common office visit the “evaluation and management” of a patient. The doctor is essentially evaluating and managing a problem. They have...

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Max isn’t in the habit of diving too deep into legislation. I normally would leave that interpretation to the experts and let them spell it out for me. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures so I am going to take a stab at it. This is probably a good time to remind everyone that I am not an attorney. That said, I have watched A Few Good Men on more than one occasion....

COVID-19: A Tsunami of Out-of-Pocket Costs?

Look, I get it. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, no one really wants to worry about out-of-pocket costs associated with the pandemic. Our focus needs to be on flattening the projected curve of the outbreak so the healthcare system doesn’t get overwhelmed. There isn’t a ton of use for hospital bean counters like me at times like this. So I am doing my best to just stay out of the way. But I...

COVID-19: Out-of-Pocket Costs? For Labs, not so much.

I have to say, I am surprised by what I am seeing with the COVID-19 progression over the last few weeks. Max is generally pretty even-keeled about things like this. As such, I have been in the “hey, aren’t we overreacting a bit here?” camp for a while now. But the changes over the last few days have certainly gotten my full attention. For me, the global response over the last week has been both...