I mention this because it seems that here now in 2011 BCBS believes that my stroke is related to a car accident and therefore are denying payment on all bills. Yes I've heard that shopping in BJ's is very similar to a car accident when it comes to where your stroke occurred. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? In what reality does this even make sense??
Well don't you know there are others. They aren't exactly from OPMC but from their contracted doctors and providers. This is the new way to get around "everything" being included in your hospital benefits co-pay. Now we've had these before (Patrick racked up 30 days of hospital stay in 2006/2007) but never to the extent like this. As far as I know the 3 MRI's I had occurred within OPMC. Granted I can't share much about those first few days but I think I'd remember going somewhere. Well they are within the hospital but in the X-RAY wing. 3 more co-pays. Plus the doctor who read them have their own co-pays as well. (they each billed $150 ~ my share is $75, BCBS paid $0.38 and the $74.62 gets written off!)
Most of us have had experience when it comes to doctors bills during a hospital visit. You know the ones from a doctor you barely remember seeing who has just charged you $200 for his few minutes of time. You are going to love this. I received a bill, well no I haven't received the bill yet just the EOB, for $518 from a Dr. Diaz. Have no clue who this man is. I'm pretty confident you're sitting down but just in case you're not please do. The EOB states "Benefits are provided for diagnostic and treatment services as specified in your benefit brochure. (Here if comes) Benefits are NOT AVAILABLE FOR TELEHEALTH SCREENING OR ASSESSMENT SERVICES." Do you even have a clue what that means? I sure didn't. Hello BCBS ~~ Liset was so nice. Even she couldn't figure out what was what and gave me the number of both the referring doctor and Dr. Diaz. Well no wonder I couldn't find the man when I googled him.... HE'S FROM MIAMI!! Can someone please explain to me why a doctor from OP who has access to what is called the Medical Corridor of the SouthEast right in his area code consult someone in Miami? There are 88 neurologists right here in Jacksonville!! The University of Florida/Shands hospital has 6 different departments with Neuro in their title. Well it gets better. Seems I was billed over $500 for what amounted to a skype session. They apparently brought a TV in my room with a camera so the doctor could sit in his house in Miami and assess me. This was done on Sunday morning and I have absolutely no memory of it but can assure you the conversation was one way.