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Speaking of Seniors- Elderly pay more at noted clinic

Written by Woodrow Wilcox. Posted in Senior Living

Published on January 17, 2018 with No Comments

In the process of helping them, I learned that Mayo Clinic does not accept assignment of claims with Medicare.  For that reason, a senior citizen will pay more for going to Mayo Clinic than going to a medical firm that does accept assignment.

Not only will going to Mayo Clinic cost a senior more, the senior (or the ones helping the senior) will be hassled with extra paperwork.  Because Mayo Clinic does not accept Medicare assignment, both Medicare and the Medicare supplement insurance company must send payment checks to the senior citizen patient instead of to Mayo Clinic directly.  The senior will need to deposit the checks and write a check directly to Mayo Clinic to pay the bills.

Also, the senior citizen patient will have to pay up to 15 percent more for Mayo Clinic services than what would be covered if Mayo Clinic accepted assignment.  The same problem would happen with any medical service provider that does not accept Medicare assignment.  So, be sure to ask a doctor, hospital, or other service if it does accept Medicare assignment before you received services there.

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill case worker at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana.  Wilcox has helped the clients of that agency save over one million dollars by finding and correcting medical bill errors that were caused by mistakes in the Medicare system.  For other articles by Wilcox, visit publishing websites including www.dakotavoice.com and www.americanclarion.com.

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