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Pat Palmer

Bariatric surgery: What to do when you're denied

"Don't just take the answer at face value," says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America. "With the right approach it's possible to get them to change their minds. " Use these guidelines to make a convincing appeal. Look for errors. A large percentage of denials are ...

High-Deductible Health Plans Can Cost Patients A Discount : Shots

"People think they'll take the high-deductible plan so they have catastrophic care if they have a heart attack or need to be in the hospital," says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America. "But a standard trip to the emergency room can be way beyond their deductible...

Tips for Lowering Your Medical Bills

“They don’t freely hand this information out, but they will send it to you if you ask for a written response,” says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America. Doctors also charge for ER services by level, and these also range from 1 to 5. Their levels are standardized ...

Services diagnose, treat medical billing errors – USATODAY.com

"Eight out of 10 times — and that is conservative — the bills that you get are not right," says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America.

Medical Billing Overcharges Exposed in New Infographic from Medical Recovery Services

Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Recovery Services in Salem, VA and the pioneer advocate for identifying and disputing excessive healthcare bills, knows a thing or two about the cycle of rising healthcare costs in the U.S. and how it impacts individuals, groups, companies and insurance ...

How to Spot Medical Billing Errors

“The errors that are being billed to the health-care payers, whether intentional or unintentional, are increasing due to the complex billing system,” says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America in Roanoke, Va. Medical billing experts explain hospitals across the ...

Hire your Own Health Insurance Claims Assistant

Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America, a trade group, got into the business 15 years ago after her teenage daughter broke her arm roller-skating.

Medical Billing: How to find help

"You have to be educated in the industry to be able to analyze the charges that you are receiving," said Pat Palmer, who founded the nonprofit Medical Billing Advocates of America 15 years ago. Palmer, whose representatives charge a fee to sort through bills, estimates that eight ...

Ten Tips for Getting Your Health Insurance Claims Paid

Pat Palmer, founder of the trade group Medical Billing Advocates of America, has seen many claims denied simply because the secondary insurance was billed first. Make sure your provider knows which is which. Your insurer may send you a letter asking whether you have other insurance or if ...

How to navigate a medical crisis

For the best chance at success, show that no specialists in your area focus solely on your condition, or none have researched or performed the procedure as frequently as your top choice has, says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America. Will Obamacare affect health ...

Out of network medical services

"Anything less than that I'd dispute as unfair," says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America in Roanoke, Va. Do you know a Money Hero?

Insurance claims Sep. 7, 2011

For example, "there is a code for a checkup for a 1- to 4-year-old, but if your child is 6, the claim will be denied," says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America.

When insurers don't pay for surgery

Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America, suggests getting confirmation documents from your doctor and your insurer before surgery. That means a prior authorization letter from your insurer and confirmation in writing from your doctor that he or she plans to perform ...

Media Coverage for Medical Billing Advocates of America Continues to Increases Due to Growing Concer...

As 2014 purges ahead into the Spring season, Pat Palmer's companies Medical Billing Advocates of America (MBAA) and Medical Recovery Services (MRS) continue to see increased media exposure as a result of the growing concern from American citizens about healthcare charges. Because of ...

Handling hospital bills

Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America, recommends asking for 35 percent to 50 percent off hospital “charges.” • Another suggestion is to ask for the Medicare rate plus 25 percent. “That’s what we kind of start with,” Palmer said. • If you’re using a network ...

New Report Reveals True Meanings Behind the Insurance Company’s Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

For Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Recovery Services, the goal is quite simple: “Patients have the right and responsibility to know what their benefits mean. Our EOB and insurance denial report should help patients to better clarify what to look for on an EOB, as well as what the ...

Medical Recovery Services Revamps Their Branding With An Expanded Focus Towards Medical Bill Auditin...

Medical Recovery Services is based in Salem, Virginia and was founded in 1994 by Pat Palmer. She is widely recognized as a leading industry expert in healthcare billings and insurance reimbursements. As the healthcare industry and economy have evolved, MRS, lead by Pat’s ...

The patient as customer

Pat Palmer, of Roanoke, Va., founded the organization 15 years ago after disputing erroneous items on her daughters’ bills. “I realized I was being totally overcharged,” Palmer said. “Most people just pay what they’re asked, assuming everybody’s doing everything in good faith.” ...

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