Tagged: Self-Pay Patient
2021 Sharing Guidelines Changes
Every year we review and assess our Sharing Guidelines to ensure we are helping our community to conserve our shared resources and make necessary changes to meet the needs of our member community. This year, Liberty HealthShare has determined that the following guideline changes (please see our Sharing Guidelines for the full version) will help our members steward their health and enjoy the option of healthsharing.
Employee Spotlight: Meet Danielle H.
Every month we share a story about one of the many great people that we have here at Liberty HealthShare. For the month of January, we are excited to introduce you to Danielle H., who has works in our Provider Relations Department as a Member Facilitator. She enjoys working with our members and finds it very rewarding to be able to listen to their stories and offer encouragement.
Goal Setting Tips for the New Year
Like many others, you may be considering setting new goals for 2021. While new goals at the beginning of the year can motivate you, you can also easily lose momentum if the goals you set don’t continue to motivate you past February. Here are a few ideas for setting goals in the New Year.
Navigating Medicare and Your Liberty HealthShare Membership
If you will soon meet or have already met the requirements for Medicare, it is important to know how Medicare enrollment works with your Liberty HealthShare membership. Here’s how healthsharing at Liberty HealthShare works for Medicare members.
ShareBox Updates Coming Soon
ShareBox is your most valuable tool as a member and we are always looking for ways to improve the member experience. We will be making some improvements to ShareBox in the coming weeks and these updates will affect two areas within the Medical Expense tab in ShareBox.
COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A With Peter Pitts
Liberty HealthShare offered members access to a virtual webinar, “COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A,” with health expert and former FDA commissioner, Peter Pitts. Peter answered questions from our members regarding treatments, vaccine development and safety, distribution and more! Read his answers and watch the webinar replay here.
Liberty HealthShare and Maternity
If you are expecting, we have efficient processes in place to help you smoothly transition throughout your pregnancy and post-pregnancy journey to provide the best care for you and your growing family. In this article, we offer answers to some of our frequently asked questions regarding maternity and how it relates to our current Sharing Guidelines at Liberty HealthShare.
Sharebox Is Your Most Important Membership Tool
ShareBox is our members most important membership tool and where you will submit your eligible medical expenses and receive important information related to your Liberty membership and healthsharing community. Let's take a look inside ShareBox.
Pharmacy Coaching to Fit Your Health Needs
For Liberty members, having professional insight can be very helpful when you are working to be a responsible steward of your healthcare. These pharmacists are able to assist you in identifying more cost-effective options for your prescriptions to fit both your budget and health needs.
Welcome to Liberty TeleHealth
Liberty TeleHealth is available now to all Liberty HealthShare members, regardless of program level, at no additional charge! Liberty TeleHealth gives you the ability to connect virtually with a doctor, schedule an appointment or message a doctor anytime, from anywhere.
New Prescription Pharmacy Program is a Game Changer
HealthShareRx, a revolutionary pharmacy program, is available to all Liberty HealthShare members at no extra cost. This program offers savings on the most used medications, acute illness medications for emergencies, maintenance medications for chronic health conditions, and over-the-counter medications for common ailments are all included.
A Message from Our CEO: Liberty Healthshare Leads the Way in Medical Cost Transparency
The Healthcare Bluebook tool is at the forefront of a much-needed revolution in our approach to healthcare, but that’s not surprising. After all, “liberty” is just another word for freedom. Liberty is giving our members the freedom they deserve to choose the best medical care at the best price.
Find Quality Health Providers Who Offer You Fair Pricing
Liberty members now have access to the [Healthcare Bluebook Mobile App](https://www.screencast.com/t/rHQFynZd6yW), a web tool that makes it possible for patients to search for, compare, and, ultimately, save on healthcare costs.
Accessing Healthcare as a Self-Pay Patient
Liberty HealthShare members are considered “self-pay patients." This means that we function more like customers, shopping for the best value when accessing healthcare. Most of us have little to no prior experience with this. So where do we begin? It’s actually not as complicated as it seems.
What Happens To My Bill?
You're a member who has successfully shared a bill! You worked closely with your doctor to evaluate the course of your care, you pre-notified Liberty HealthShare of the procedure, and your bill was submitted promptly through your ShareBox. Now what? Everything you've read says that it may take 30-45 days for your bill to be processed, but what does "processed" mean? We receive this question from members often, especially if the wait is taking longer than expected. Delays can be frustrating without further information, and it is our desire that members feel at ease throughout the course of their cost sharing by being as transparent as possible every step of the way.
Rethinking Annual Wellness Visits
When we discuss preventative medicine and ways we can take responsibility for our health, annual wellness visits might come to mind as a means to accomplishing both. It seems to be part of the conventional wisdom most of us abide by, at least in theory. We may not make that visit every year, but we know we should. Or should we?
Balance Bill? Here's How To Respond.
At some point in your membership with Liberty HealthShare, you might find yourself dealing with what is known as a balance bill. In short, balance billing is what happens when a bill has already been paid and the physician or provider attempts to get more money directly from their patient. It's important to note that balance bills represent only a fraction of the costs that are submitted to Liberty, however, we want to give you the information and steps you will need to properly respond if you find yourself in this situation.
Providers Question Sharing And Member Stands Firm
From time to time, our members find themselves wearing the educator's hat when interacting with physicians and other staff at their providers' offices. Despite its long history, healthcare sharing is still a new concept to many, even those within the healthcare profession. Michigan member Yvonne M. enrolled with Liberty HealthShare along with her husband in late 2015. Last year, she and her husband found themselves facing outright antagonism about their Liberty membership not once but four separate times over the course of one medical incident.
Member Impressed When Hospital Costs Reduced
Perhaps the most obvious characteristic of Christian healthcare sharing is right there in the name: we are a group of like-minded people sharing the costs of healthcare. What is less obvious on the surface, but no less important, is that our members often enjoy reduced costs simply by virtue of the fact that, in the eyes of the healthcare industry, we are self-pay patients, and with that status often comes a discount. Additionally, Liberty HealthShare partners with MedCost Solutions, a group that advocates on our members' behalf to negotiate and reduce the size of their bills, so our members' costs can be reduced even further, reflecting the actual price of care.
What Does "Shopping For Healthcare" Mean?
If you have been a Liberty HealthShare member for any length of time, you know that we ask our members to be actively engaged with the cost of their care so that, as a community, we can wisely steward and preserve the financial resources we all share in times of unexpected and unaffordable medical need. Any time we interact with the healthcare industry as patients, from a yearly check-up to an unforeseen surgical intervention, we alone have the power to compare prices and choose how and where we will access healthcare.
Back-To-School Check-Ups & Vaccinations
The school year just ended, but we all know it won't be long before we're shopping back to school sales in anticipation of the start of the new year. You probably don't need to worry about those purchases just yet, but this is a good time to plan ahead for your child's back to school check-up and, if necessary, his or her vaccinations.
Executive Director Dale Bellis' Member Update
The exponential increase we have seen in enrollments tells us we have clearly tapped into a nationwide hunger for healthcare freedom. With your continued engagement as cost-conscious consumers of healthcare, we hope to serve you and many others for years to come.
SavNet For Liberty Members
Prescription Drug Program available in all 50 states Health Savings Discount Program not available in AK, UT, VT, WA. Managing prescriptions can be confusing and costly, and we know this is a concern for our members. In an effort to make the process more price-transparent and easy to understand, we are proud to welcome SavNet Health Savings program to the Liberty HealthShare family. SavNet will save members 15% to 50% off prescription medication, as well as offering discounted dental, chiropractic and alternative medicine, vision, and hearing services.
How To Decrease Your Medical Costs
Viewpoints from a Naturopathic Physician by Kendra Pearsall, N.M.D. People tell us their number one reason for joining Liberty HealthShare is the cost savings. Members report they are saving thousands over previous years' total healthcare expenses. Cost savings is one of the many reasons I LOVE being a member, and for that reason and more, I tell everyone I know about this wonderful program. I asked Liberty HealthShare's Executive Director, Dale Bellis, how Liberty is able to keep membership fees low.
Liberty HealthShare and Mobile Membership
Most people dream of retirement. They envision that once the kids are grown, they can sit back and take things a little bit easier. For many, that may be the dream, but for others, the empty-nest years mean a new adventure. This past April, one such couple, Liberty HealthShare members Jerry and Sheila Wise, embarked on their new journey to become work-campers.
After All, It's Your Money!
The mindset every member should have Becoming a Liberty HealthShare member is a liberating step. You’ve abandoned bureaucratic models of paying for healthcare and embraced freedom. Your status as a self-pay patient sharing medical expenses with others of like mind allows you to access the best medical care available at the lowest cost possible. In addition, you have engaged the most powerful consumer weapon in healthcare: the self-pay patient! You have the twin advantage of a vast community sharing your costs while you watch over your own expenses as an individual patient. After all, it’s your money! And who better to watch over your money than you! This paradigm shift, once embraced, changes everything, keeping costs low and your healthcare options intact!
How To Discuss Liberty HealthShare With Your Doctor
Presenting your Liberty HealthShare card to your doctor or hospital. One of the best things about being a member of Liberty HealthShare is that you can visit any doctor and any hospital you choose! With Liberty HealthShare, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor! Our call center often gets questions from new and potential members about how to discuss Liberty HealthShare when seeing the doctor. We're here to help you through that process.
Self-Pay Patient Tests Liberty HealthShare
For thirteen years, former South Carolina police officer Barbara Pulicicchio had been paying out-of-pocket for her healthcare costs. As a self-pay patient with some medical issues, she was finding it difficult to manage the cost of her care. One day Barbara began reading a book entitled The Self-Pay Patient by Sean Parnell and began learning about the cost-sharing concept. This idea intrigued her, so she began searching the internet for offering medical cost sharing.
You're In Charge With Liberty HealthShare
Executive Director Dale Bellis discusses the freedom Liberty HealthShare members enjoy as self-pay patients. Members are free to control their own healthcare, make decisions about their own futures, and regain control they haven't previously had.
Review Of The Self Pay-Patient, By Sean Parnell
While members of Liberty HealthShare may not see themselves as self-pay patients, in the legal realm of medical payments, that is exactly how they are considered. Sean Parnell, author of the blog TheSelfPayPatient.com and the book The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare Choices in the Age of Obamacare, lays out a field guide to the many options available to people who have decided to take the self-pay route.
Doctor, Impressed With Liberty, Joins!
In the fight for healthcare freedom, Dr. Elaina George takes a stand. Dr. Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, a solo practitioner in private practice, and a small business owner, so she understands the struggles associated with our changing healthcare system.