Surprise medical bills have been debated in state- and federal-level policy discussions, media reports on individual patient experiences, and recent academic literature. Now, there are new data on just how often these surprise out-of-network bills are sent.
Some patient access departments are moving toward centralized scheduling, where appointments are booked all in one place. There are many advantages to this; still, tracking productivity is a challenge.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans are insured. However, that does not mean all these new customers can access healthcare without any trouble. If someone bought an individual plan or if someone is on Medicaid, they encounter more barriers to care than those who are on employer-sponsored health insurance plans, according to the authors of a recent study.