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Wait till you have to go to the Urgent Care/ER. The codes get even fuzzier.
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I have completely given up reading my medical bills.
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So any other person will go to their provider to get care. They fill out a survey and they give all aces to the provider because they got their drugs.
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I challenge you to keep doing it, as I know you are an advocate and I enjoy your posts.
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My PCP sees 72-75 patients a day. I am starting to think how he can manage that many patients. There is only 24 hours in a day, and if he's billing 30 minute visits for all these people consistently then there is a HYOOOGE probability of fraud.
Holy hell. I know one provider (oncologist) who typically sees ~40-50 patients per day and I thought that was pretty bonkers.

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Huh? I don't see how that follows. Please expand.
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Holy hell. I know one provider (oncologist) who typically sees ~40-50 patients per day and I thought that was pretty bonkers.

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Interesting stuff... I checked out Stu's oncologist... and it's all just lunches or just something like a snack. The amounts were puny (ranged from $13 - $24). I guess it's the drug/device companies doing their promos, along with sandwiches, etc.
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Interesting stuff... I checked out Stu's oncologist... and it's all just lunches or just something like a snack. The amounts were puny (ranged from $13 - $24). I guess it's the drug/device companies doing their promos, along with sandwiches, etc.
Yeah, I don’t know if they have to report little tchotchkes they might give out in physician offices. The red flags would be things like a $10k honoraria for speaking at one conference. Or, perhaps, them having a physician employed or on retainer or whatever. That isn’t necessarily a red flag, the manufacturers need external physician input. But if Stu’s physician is getting a handful of free lunches, I’d call that a good sign.
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Update: the screenings were bumped as preventative.

After discounts I'm still on the hook for almost $400 for two very minor visits. Since I'll be hitting my deductible I'm not sure it's worth throwing down about.

I had a pretty rough scald on my ankle that didn't heal well, went to the ER, and stayed overnight getting antibiotics. Here was the coding:
CPT - Billed - Paid
16000 Burn treatment - $153 - $64
99285 ER high complexity - $558 - $242 (that seems cheap!)

I don't think the overnight stay is in yet. I'd be shocked those were my only charges.
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