Medicare Expands Forms to Accommodate Modern Medical Billing Totals

Until recently, the online forms for Medicare billing only accommodated claims for dollar amounts that were eight digits, so billing was limited to a penny under a million dollars. That was causing problems for providers who were using drug therapies that ran into the millions of dollars, so they were advised to split claims into several parts and submit more than one claim for a treatment. But now Medicare has changed their forms to fields that will take ten digits, which means billing can accommodate bills up to $99,999,999.99. That’s a penny shy of ten million dollars!

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Well, we haven’t seen any evidence of any medical treatment costing close to $100 million, but if you’re going to add a digit, you may as well add two so you don’t have to do it again anytime soon. Ars Technica has more details, including naming the drugs that cost several million dollars. -via Fark

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