People dump all over health care when it comes to pricing and billing. Truth be told, the process of capturing charges should be easy… but it’s not. The process of telling patients how much they might owe on their medical bill should be relatively easy… but it’s not.

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It’s relatively easy for someone to find this information and process it, but with all the people that come through, the number of charges there are to select from, and the constant changes that are often not reviewed by anyone, the process can get pretty complicated. Maybe not as much for physicians offices, and yet they don’t always get things correct either. Trust me, I know; I went through this earlier today trying to get pricing and codes about possible procedures for my eye exam later this month.
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I’ve written over 1,400 articles on this blog over the course of more than 14 years; next month it’ll be 15 years. Over the years, I’ve written in a lot of different categories, but over a third of the articles have been on leadership. My next highest concerns diversity; I’m always interested in talking about that.


However, over all the years I’ve been self employed, I’ve overwhelmingly generated most of my income from health care. You’d think I’d have talked about it here more often, but not counting this one I’ve only had 101 articles on that topic on the blog. On my actual website, where I have articles, they’re overwhelmingly about health care finance. In reality, I’ve written more articles about health care, but I’ve put them elsewhere over the last almost 5 years.
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I had a meeting with a potential client to discuss social media issues. When she learned I had a medical billing background, she asked me if medical billing programs that teach you how to bill from home are a scam. My response was yes and no.


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Medical billing courses that teach people how to do billing from home are popular. Yet, most are incomplete and give people a false sense of security as to their prospects for actually getting into the business. Not only is it not easy, but from what I understand, training is limited because the idea for the people doing these courses is to get your money, then get you out of their hair quickly so they can go after the next group.
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CNN once did a news story on people who have been scammed by fake insurance plans. In these cases, people who were in dire health straits would look on the internet, find someone purporting to cover a certain area of the country, most probably the area where the people lived, signed up, started paying premiums, then when they finally had to go see a doctor came up empty. Not only no coverage, but no one had ever heard of them. Money gone, contract canceled, can’t talk to anyone; you’ve just been scammed.

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I’m particularly sensitive to health care, as, in my main career, I am a health care consultant in the financial area, and even once wrote my own idea for a health plan for America. I hate seeing people get ripped off, and I hate that people still don’t seem to understand how to protect themselves when it comes to their financial needs concerning health care.
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Every region needs its heroes. These folks take role modeling to an extreme; they have names like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Steve Case, Anita Roddick, and Oprah Winfrey. Kids need heroes, in that they can say, ‘When I grow up, I am going to be the next Steve Jobs.” Guy Kawasaki, Reality Check


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The concept of hero worship is an interesting one Some people would rather not mention that they had heroes at any point in their lives. Some are willing to name all the people they looked up to, or still do, and why. Some can’t explain why they looked up to someone; they just did.
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