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Costs/ Collections/ Fraud

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Simply understanding the costs involved in health care is a challenge. Many providers claim they do not know their costs. Interestingly, once the services have been provided, the costs are very clear and they want their money now.

The articles below will shed some light on the often mysterious practices of determining costs, how these costs are billed, collection practices, and yes, health care fraud. With trillions of dollars at stake annually, you should not assume that your interests will be protected by “the system”.

1) An Insider’s Guide to Medical Bills

CalPatientCare.org, September, 2012

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2) New Rules will Limit Tactics on Hospitals’ Fee Collections

The New York Times, January 12, 2015

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3) Patients Mired in Costly Credit from Doctors

The New York Times, October 14, 2013

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4) Medical Debt: The Kaiser Family Foundation

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5) Fighting Medicare Fraud on the Front Lines

AARP Bulletin, November, 2014

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Blogs:

Costs:

1) MedicalCostAdvocate:

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2) Medical Price Matters- Pratter blog:

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Collections:

1) ConsumerFinance.gov:

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2) YourCreditAttorney:

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Fraud:

1) ABA Journal:

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2) Medicare Fraud 101:

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