Billing for Phone Calls During CV19

There is a lot to unpack in this article:

Patients Are Being Billed For Some Phone Chats With Doctors That Used To Be Free

In a nutshell:

But in a fragmented health system — which encompasses dozens of insurers, 50 state regulators and thousands of independent doctor practices ― the shift to cost-free telemedicine for patients is going far less smoothly than the speeches and press releases suggest. In some cases, doctors are billing for telephone calls that used to be free.

So, the issues are:

  • Why are doctors NOT allowed to bill for their time?
  • Why do patients expect everything for free?
  • Will insurers pay for telemedicine?
  • Why do some doctors/employers gouge patients for these visits?

What’re your thoughts? Let the debate begin. But first, let me state that Direct Primary Care fixes the whole thing. The monthly subscription covers all telemedicine. The third parties are out of the mix and there is no patient confusion.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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1 Response

  1. Jennifer Hollywood says:

    I saw this article when it came out. And frankly, it pissed me off.

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