No one really reviews medical bills and even if families do, it is not enough. The United States Government Accountability Office says that 9 out of 10 hospital bills have erroneous data. If that is true (and there is no reason to believe it is not), then the margin for error is too large. It is difficult to suggest malice on the part of hospitals, but whatever the intention, inefficiency in the system is cause for alarm. The family still has a responsibility to take the time to review their documents and seek medical help from bills immediately after finding a misplaced entrance.

The EOB (explanation of benefits) mailed to you by your insurance company doesn't say much, so you should request a itemized, itemized bill. That way, you can keep track of all procedures, lab tests, medications, nurses and room rates, or any syringes that have been hit. Viewing all entries will determine if there were redundant or erroneous posts.

Once you find an error, request a copy of the hospital billing department's accounting book or medical history to make sure the hospital has actually followed what your doctor ordered. You can actually seek help with medical bills from your insurance provider, who is too willing to review your records. Your healthcare manager is also interested in reviewing your medical bill to prevent your company from overpaying the hospital.

You should also review the manual to find out your insurance coverage. Check the EOB statement with your health policy and make sure all "covered" procedures are paid for.

It is helpful to request a conference call with your billing department and the hospital billing department so that everyone can work together to discuss each item in the document.

If you think you can't do it alone, seek medical help from a professional. There are people who are responsible for reviewing hospital bills. They can crack all the codes on the invoice and determine the accuracy of the invoice. With statistics stacked against him, it's too much to expect him to be one of 10 that the hospital bills correctly.

Hurst Texas M. Baylor grew up with both parents as doctors. Health care laws governed her fascination as she grew older. As a paralegal at Allmand & Lee, Marcus maintains an informative blog about medical bill debts, medical litigation, and the latest in health reform bills and government programs.

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Hurst Texas M. Baylor grew up with both parents as doctors.