Carol, I believe you're on the right track! ..(though it isn't going to be an easy one) keep up the fight. Make sure they're aware that YOU ARE AWARE and unhappy about the charge. Contact the hospital/clinic facility as well. Make sure they answer and prove to you that this service is what they claim it is. (go above the office manager). What did they say anway?,,.were they able to support those services? Let them know that he saw another provider, and what was that providers plan for care? (less invasive?) ..
keep on them,... keep your insurance company involved also - don't let them forget you're fighting it!
It would be nice to see the "note" that doctor wrote, I'd love to see how they justify a Level 4 consult. Care to post it? (names deleted of course) I'd love to score it out, just to see what level I come up with. (others too maybe) I know at times it may seem like "only 3 minutes", and it may very well have been - but often they do dictate a bit more. Of course they can't make up things, so it should support what your husband says was gone over. That being said, there are guidelines that need to be met before something can be called a "consult" AND criteria for the level 4 must be met as well!
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