(Would have to go back to House if amendments approved)
Bottom line. Whatever happens to language of bill, patients would not receive these surprise bills from out of network providers they never chose.
“It’s time to stop sending these patients to collections” says CCHI
Biggest roadblock to previous bills, according the sponsors, was Colorado Medical Society (doctors lobby)
Most of the balance bills we’ve seen are in $300-$7000 range.
Liens and wage garnishments are used as an aggressive way to get people to pay unpaid bills.
You go to Hospital A for appendicitis.
Hospital A is in network w/ your insurance.
BUT hospital A utilizes surgeon who is NOT.
Surgeon wants 6 grand but your insurance pays 1k
Surgeon then bills you 5k (balance)
So surgeon goes after you. Sends you to collections when u refuse to pay.
You get sued. You lose (almost all do).
Doc then places lien on your home to force payment.
Welcome to health care 2019
Most view this as awful.
But this does happen. We’ve introduced you to plenty of patients who did everything right and still got stuck with four figure bill.
The companies bill insurance, in numerous instances, more runs 100k for the monitoring. (Medicare won’t usually pay more than 1k).
And no one says no
(If they want to, might I urge them to provide statement to email@example.com)
Doctors are suggesting state will struggle to attract other docs (particularly ER docs) if state gets this legislation wrong.
Could very well be truth to this.
Says will lead to a massive paycut.
Everyone blames everyone else.
And yet we continue to spend nearly 1 out of every 5 dollars on health care.
Maybe it’s time for all sides to look at themselves?
Not sure why he didn’t just ask for 1000%
Doctors are trying to mount a serious late challenge to this legislation.
They possess tremendous power to kill this if they want to.
Tell them 350% of Medicare is too much.
Yes. I’m a nerd.
Suggest 150% of Medicare is plenty.
Might allow them to have a bit more sympathy.
Or at least spend a day going through all of the bills I continue to receive from patient ona daily basis.
Today I received a complaint from a patient whose insurance was billed 100k for neuromonitoring.
How many people have horror stories? I’m guessing a lot.
If any doctor wants to come to @9News to review complaints sent to showusyourbilla@9News.com, I’m available.
Email me at Chris@9news.com
Might make ya look at this problem a little differently.
Comes from this study. Important to note, Colorado ER docs still make, on average, 300K a year.