Category: Healthcare

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?...

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...