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Subject:  Re: 4 Years no budget from Senate ... Date:  3/24/2013  5:33 PM
Author:  eatenbybears Number:  1867212 of 1976745

That is illegal. You can not create separate charges one for a patient and a different charge for Medicare. It shows that you don't know what you're talking about. This practice is common with dentists. It's illegal for healthcare providers.

Posting that " It shows that you don't know what you're talking about." is rather rude and would be kin to me calling you an idiot .... not nice ... considering your post is wrong

Go to the medicare site

Doctors have three choices to sign up for

Oh heck you most likely will not check, so here


The Three Options

There are basically three Medicare contractual options for physicians. Physicians may sign a participating (PAR) agreement and accept Medicare's allowed charge as payment in full for all of their Medicare patients. They may elect to be a non-PAR physician, which permits them to make assignment decisions on a case-by-case basis and to bill patients for more than the Medicare allowance for unassigned claims. Or they may become a private contracting physician, agreeing to bill patients directly and forego any payments from Medicare to their patients or themselves.


http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/practicemgt/mcareoptions....

So a non-PAR physician can charge about anything he wants ... accept the Medicare ... or refuse it and charge whatever they want, take medicare (or have the Medicare payment sent to the patient so the physician does not have to wait), and bill the patient for his full rate up front.

Bears
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