balance bill

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of balance bill

  1. :  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. Slee, Slee's Health Care Terms, 2007 The Canadian evidence suggests that the easier it is for physicians to balance bill, the more difficult it is to control fees. — John Holahan, Medicare Physician Payment Reform, 1986

balance bill

noun When confronted with a balance bill, do not hesitate to call the doctor and discuss payment. — Walecia Konrad, New York Times, 1 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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