Topic: Health Insurance

large medical bills
Aug 4 2020

Four mistakes that can lead to large medical bills and how to avoid them

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Large medical bills can have a significant impact on your financial wellbeing. Approximately one-third of Americans have some type of medical debt and 28% of those with medical debt owe $10,000 or more according to one survey. The issue doesn’t just affect people who do not have health insurance. With high deductible plans and increasing... Read More

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healthcare documents
Jun 23 2020

What healthcare documents do you need at each life stage?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If your 19-year-old college student ended up in the hospital, would you be able to get the information you need about her condition from the doctors treating her? What if your parents were having trouble managing multiple doctor’s appointments? If your spouse or partner had a heart attack, would you be able to make medical... Read More

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large medical bills
Jun 2 2020

Strategies to Help You Plan for and Manage Large Medical Bills

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Whether they’re the result of an unexpected illness or injury, out-of-network care, a high cost medical procedure like joint replacement or organ transplant, or a common but costly medical expense such as labor and delivery, large medical bills not only affect your financial wellbeing, they can also impact your health. The stress caused by high... Read More

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out-of-network
Feb 11 2020

How to negotiate lower costs for out-of-network care

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While seeking care within your health insurer’s provider network costs less, there are situations when you may decide to seek care outside of the network. For example, if you’re diagnosed with a serious, rare, or complex condition, the physicians and hospitals that have the most experience treating your condition and the best outcomes may not... Read More

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high medical bills
Jan 7 2020

High Medical Bills: How to Negotiate a Lower Cost

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re having trouble paying high medical bills or are faced with unexpected medical costs, you may want to consider negotiating with your healthcare providers to reduce the amount you owe. High medical bills and medical debt are problems a growing number of Americans of all ages are facing. According to data collected by the... Read More

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medical bills
Jul 30 2019

Strategies to help you avoid surprise high medical bills

Health finance  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’ve ever received an unexpected high medical bill you’re not alone. Maybe your primary care doctor or a specialist referred you for diagnostic tests or imaging and you assumed that since your doctor was in your insurance network, he or she would refer you to an in-network facility, which is often not the case.... Read More

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health insurance tips
Jul 17 2018

Do you know how to get the most out of your health insurance plan?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Understanding how your health insurance plan works and what benefits and additional services are included as part of the plan can help you get the care you need and save money. The first step to getting the most out of your health insurance is to choose the plan that fits your needs best. Picking a... Read More

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HIPAA
May 8 2018

How does HIPAA protect your medical information?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

You’ve probably signed at least a dozen HIPAA forms at the doctor’s and dentist’s office, your pharmacy, the urgent care center, and perhaps even the local hospital. But what does the information on those forms mean and how does HIPAA help protect the privacy of your medical information? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act... Read More

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large medical bills
Mar 27 2018

Good health insurance doesn’t guarantee you’re getting the best care

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Having a comprehensive health insurance plan that provides the full range of benefits, including preventive care, outpatient care for illnesses and injuries, emergency care, coverage for care in the hospital, mental health care, and prescription drugs, can help you pay for the healthcare you need. But having good health insurance does not mean you necessarily... Read More

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medical bills
Feb 6 2018

How to Save Money by Catching Errors on Your Medical Bills

Blog  •  By Miles Varn

Healthcare is expensive. In fact, Americans spent $3.5 trillion on health expenditures in 2016, the most recent year statistics are available for. As more people enroll in high deductible insurance plans, individuals’ out of pocket costs for healthcare are growing significantly. But there’s another factor that may be increasing your healthcare costs—errors on medical bills.... Read More

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