balance bill

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of balance bill

:to bill a patient for the balance of the costs of medical services not covered by the patient's insurance provider
  • A provider who has agreed to accept assignment as payment in full cannot balance bill the patient.
  • —Debora A. SleeSlee's Health Care Terms2007
  • The Canadian evidence suggests that the easier it is for physicians to balance bill, the more difficult it is to control fees.
  • —John HolahanMedicare Physician Payment Reform1986

balance bill

noun
    • When confronted with a balance bill, do not hesitate to call the doctor and discuss payment.
    • —Walecia KonradNew York Times1 May 2010

balance billing

noun
    • Many have been critical of a January California Supreme Court decision that banned balance billing
    • —Paul Raeburn, Star-News (Wilmington, North Carolina)30 Aug. 2009

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First Known Use of balance bill

1977


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