The complexity of billing procedures is a breeding ground for mistakes - thousands of health plans, lack of standardization, complications galore - it’s inevitable that errors are found on the majority of medical bills.
Two of the most common errors are inflated charges and mistakes. Double-billing, typos and improper coding can falsely increase the dollar amount to significantly more than is actually owed.
Each procedure, treatment, or drug given is reduced to a numeric code, recorded by the doctor or facility and sent off to you or the insurance company. When providers miscode, insurance companies often reject the bill. It can be easier for providers to send patients a bill rather than resubmit insurance claims.
It’s very confusing for consumers to get multiple bills from all sides and attempt to sort through the chaos. This confusion can lead to consumers unwittingly paying overcharges or services billed in error.
Because it’s difficult to figure out which charges are legitimate or justified, most people benefit in having a professional assist them in understanding, organizing and often paying their bills.