Telehealth Skyrocketing Among Older Adults

During the first three months of the pandemic, one in four patients over 50 years of age used telehealth -- way up from the 4% who did so in 2019.

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Study shows PE-owned hospitals increased charges, profitability while some care metrics improved

Study shows PE-owned hospitals increased charges, profitability while some care metrics improved

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AHIP study: Out-of-network providers price-gouging insurers for COVID-19 tests

A new AHIP study compares the in-network and out-of-network costs for COVID-19 testing.

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Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.

As a precaution before a camping trip, Jimmy Harvey and Pam LeBlanc were tested for coronavirus at the same place in Austin. Their financial experiences, though, were very different.

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KHOU 11 Investigates: ‘Surprise’ COVID-19 test bills for thousands

Some consumers who thought they were getting a simple COVID-19 test instead got a surprise bill charging their insurance company thousands of dollars. The Texas Association of Health Plans called it a dangerous new trend from a small number of providers.

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How a $175 COVID-19 Test Led to $2,479 in Charges

A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six-figures to their insurance.

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A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984.

Physicians Premier ER charged Dr. Zachary Sussman’s insurance $10,984 for his COVID-19 antibody test even though Sussman worked for the chain and knows the testing materials only cost about $8. Even more surprising: The insurer paid in full.

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NBC 5 Responds: How Does a $50 COVID-19 Test Cost Insurance More Than $10,000?

Several North Texans contacted our team with concerns after they paid $50 for a COVID-19 test after visiting Total Care in Benbrook. A few months later, they each received and explanation of benefits from their insurance provider and discovered Total Care charged more than $10,000 for that visit.

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Heartbreaking Bills, Lawsuit and Bankruptcy — Even With Insurance

Matthew Fentress was diagnosed with heart disease that developed after a bout of the flu, in 2014. His condition worsened three years later and he had to declare bankruptcy when he could not afford his medical bills, despite having insurance.

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Essential Worker Shoulders $1,840 Pandemic Debt Due To COVID Cost Loophole

Essential Worker Shoulders $1,840 Pandemic Debt Due To COVID Cost Loophole

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COVID Tests Are Free, Except When They’re Not

Her doctor worried she had COVID-19 but couldn’t test her for it until she ruled out other things. That test cost a bundle.

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COVID-Like Cough Sent Him To ER — Where He Got A $3,278 Bill

Timothy Regan, an estimator for a construction firm in Colorado, tried to do everything right when he started experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. He first called a nurse hotline, then was told to go to urgent care, and from there was triaged to the emergency room. His ER visit was coded as a Level 4, resulting in a $3,278 bill.

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Insurers bearing the brunt of COVID-19 test costs. That might mean higher premiums.

Health insurers say providers are overcharging them for COVID-19 tests and the added costs could mean higher premiums for their plan members in the future.

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Freestanding ERs ask state to offer outpatient services across Texas

The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers is asking the Health and Human Services Commission for permission to offer out-patient services.

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