The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2012

Early last month, federal health officials made an announcement that brought cheers in hospital boardrooms nationwide and prompted the American Medical Association to release a rare letter declaring its appreciation for government regulators. But the big news from the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services was that there would be a one-year delay in implementing tens of thousands of new medical billing codes, part of an arcane system that directly affects every patient in America. Among the many frequent complaints are: patients being billed for the wrong treatment, receiving double billing for the same treatment, being charged for more than an insurance contract allows or getting a bill for unexpected costs, such as a "facility fee."

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