Here at McAuliffe Chiropractic Office, we see a lot of people in the greater Laurel, MD area, and many times, we have patients asking us about “Good Faith Estimates,” the No Surprises Act and terms like balanced billing, what these terms mean for their care.
We always believe in being forthright and upfront about healthcare costs and are here to answer any questions you may have about billing and estimates under our current laws. Here’s what every patient should know about Good Faith Estimates and how they apply to their chiropractic healthcare.
Good Faith Estimate- What Does it Mean For Chiropractic Care?
Here at McAuliffe Chiropractic, our front of house team is always here to make sure that all of your health-related and financial questions are answered, including those regarding Good Faith Estimates. Under the law, health care providers are required to give patients without certain types of health care coverage, or those who are not using insurance or health care coverage—an estimate of their bill before those services are provided. This bill should detail health care items and services and what their estimated cost will be.
Here are a few other important facts about Good Faith Estimates, so you can be prepared, not only when you see your PG County chiropractor, but when you visit any medical office for healthcare services.
- You have the right, under law, to receive a Good Faith Estimate for your total expected cost of health care items or services, when you schedule said items or services. This includes medical tests, prescription drugs or hospital feeds. If you are not provided with this information, always ask.
- If you schedule health care services, such as a surgery at a hospital, or a care plan at your chiropractor’s office, you can always ask for a Good Faith Estimate in writing. Here at McAuliffe Chiropractic Office, we give you options and payment plans as well when providing you with your estimate.
- If you receive a bill that is $400 or more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
- Make sure to take a picture or save a copy of your Good Faith Estimate and the bill whenever you get ones, so you have those for your efforts.
If you have additional questions or would like more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, you can visit the official website at www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers. If you ever have questions about the costs associated with your chiropractic care, or if you have questions about insurance or billing, contact us today. You can always call our office during normal billing hours