Friday, January 20, 2017

Overlaps in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Present New Dilemmas

Everyone gets sick at some point, but the sad truth is that not everyone can afford medical treatment. As such, it’s not surprising that many medical bills end up unpaid, exposing healthcare providers to the risk of potential bad debt.

Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act marketplace offers people affordable health plans that can help protect them financially in times of illness. According to, there are at least 12.7 million people enrolled in the marketplace, which has helped bring the number of uninsured individuals to a historic low. Read more from this blog:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Developments in Disability Social Security Applications for Veterans

As hospitals know only too well, patients with disabilities are some of the toughest cases to handle. Aside from requiring specialized treatments, they also require more frequent visits to monitor progress. Oftentimes, it is veterans who suffer from the most serious disabilities as a result of protecting the country.

Not surprisingly, disability is one of the most expensive medical cases to treat—and has a high probability of becoming potential bad debt. After all, with all the medications and doctor visits required, a disabled veteran will find treatment a great financial burden.

Luckily, such patients can get social security disability benefits to help subsidize the cost of medical care. And recently, The Sequoia Project and the Department of Veterans affairs announced a health IT initiative to make it easier for them to qualify for such benefits. Read more from this blog:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eligibility for Medicaid Program and the Joint ACO Model: What to Know

As of 2015, there are at least 73 million people benefitting from the government’s Medicare program, according the Kaiser Family Foundation. As it turns out, it’s not just helping underprivileged citizens get the quality healthcare they deserve, but it’s also helping hospitals protect their bottom line.

Indeed, eligibility services—wherein specialists help patients determine their eligibility for Medicaid benefits—have helped hospitals avoid potential bad debt by helping minimize out-of-pocket costs. Since the Medicare program is subsidizing medical care costs, there is a lower probability that outstanding hospital bills will become debt.Read more from this blog: