Skip to main content

View Diary: Over $4400 for Emergency Room visit--why we need Universal Healthcare (176 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I can understand that. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry if I came across a little nasty. I was rather well inebriated by the time I came upon your diary. I'm not sure which company you're referring to but I have never heard of paramedics being paid on commission. Its made pretty clear to us that even accepting a tip from a patient for services is not just unethical, but illegal. Quid pro quo is not taken lightly, and that is federal healthcare regs.

    Complaints are nothing new. Ambulance billing is a complex subject. Plenty of it I am sure is justified, but much of it comes from a misunderstanding of what it is that we do. Its also a legal mine field, having to navigate the maze of regulations from state, federal, medicaid and medicare, plus HIPPA, COBRA, and others... all of which impose different regulations under different circumstances. Add to that that violations often lead to consent decrees and imposed compliance initiatives with the DOJ, which go beyond what the legal regs specify, well... you can probably guess that not one of my coworkers has a single good thing to say about our billing department.

    I'm empathetic. I really am.

    “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

    by RadicalParrot on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:03:04 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site