Ambulance Trips leave Door Open For High, Unexpected Bills

What are you supposed to do,” asked Pogue, the health policy analyst, “negotiate with the 9-1-1 operator?”

As far as the ambulance bill goes, Schwab caught a break there, too. Boon-Chapman, the company that administers his employer’s health plan, has launched a special program to flag certain claims based on medical codes that are suspiciously high. The company then steps in to lend its heft to fight the bill.

Nyle Leftwich, CEO of Boon-Chapman, said “99.8 percent of the time” the provider settles, usually agreeing to take some percentage of the federal Medicare rate for the treatment.

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