HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Known primarily as the health privacy law, it provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients a large number of rights as far as how that information is shared.The law also protects an individual’s ability […]
Group health insurance is insurance coverage offered through an employer or other entity that covers all individuals in the group.
Coinsurance is the money a patient must pay after a deductible has been paid. It is generally specified by a percentage of a retail price. For example, an employee may pay 10 percent for a service while the insurance company or employer pays 90 percent. Many drug companies also use coinsurance in part to make […]
An outpatient is an individual who receives health care services on an outpatient basis, meaning the person does not stay overnight in a hospital or inpatient facility. These services can include diagnosis, treatment and surgery.
The out-of-pocket maximum or limit is the maximum amount a person will have to pay for covered services in a year. Generally, this includes copayments, coinsurance and deductibles, though it may vary from insurance plan to insurance plan.
An electronic medical record is a digital medical record of a patient???s health maintained by the patient???s physician as a record of the physician???s care for the patient. A patient must be able to leave an office with an electronic copy of his or her medical record.
Ambulatory care refers to medical services that are provided on an outpatient basis, such as at an urgent care center, certain clinics and health centers. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the term ambulatory care implies that the patient must travel to a location to receive services that do not require […]