Max Out of Pocket

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?...

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. IX

Well, I am starting to see some signals that things might be trending back to the way things were. Slowly turning on the faucet, as they call it. It might take 6 months or even a year to get there, but things are certainly moving in that direction. My state is set to slowly phase-in services starting May 4th. Healthcare is at the top of this list. Treading lightly will be key to our success....

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...

Max’s Back Pocket Volume VIII

I’m new to Twitter. I am still trying to figure out if it is worth my time or not. I’m having some fun with it, though. Last week, I ran my first ‘Twitter poll’ to figure out if these weeks are going by fast or slow. I really can’t tell. In some respect, they are flying by. By other measures, they are going at a snail pace. The majority of my massive Twitter following seems...

Max Out of Pocket’s Q1 2020 Spending

What can I say? I guess the quarantine got me curious. The current state of the markets and ongoing pandemic motivated me to check in on our spending patterns for the first three months of 2020. In finance, we call this ‘quarter one’ (Q1 2020). I was thinking this would be more of a ‘yearly’ update on the blog. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to check in more often if I feel like it. To...