Unpleasant Surprises For Physicians And Patients

Mar 14, 2016, 12:37 ET from Pennsylvania Medical Society

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physician blogger Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, looks at unexpected Obamacare reimbursement cuts for physicians and 'surprise' billing for patients in this edition of the Quality and Value Blog.

A hot topic right now at the Pennsylvania Medical Society is unpleasant surprises.

The first unpleasant surprise was to physicians from Highmark, announcing a 4.5 percent cut in reimbursement for Obamacare insurance products ...

The second surprise issue is the issue of surprise billing. Imagine you have a car accident, and your car insurance normally pays for repairs. Then imagine you get a separate bill from a "transmission specialist" who doesn't take your car insurance.

Suddenly, you're on the hook for thousands of dollars when you thought it was all covered. But, no, the transmission specialist does not take your car insurance, and the insurer won't pay them, and you never knew till after the work was done.

Well, that happens to patients too ...

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