How to save on your medical bills
The American College of Surgeons has issued guidelines to doctors, patients and other health care professionals that outline a plan to help patients stay healthy while also keeping costs down.
The new guidelines, which were published in the medical journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, are designed to encourage better coordination between doctors and hospitals.
The guidelines state that if a doctor decides to do a medical examination, that physician should contact the appropriate department, hospital or other health provider to discuss the appropriate treatment plan.
Doctors should also notify the patient of any new medication or procedures they may be taking and provide any needed counseling, the guidelines say.
The guidelines also state that hospitals and other healthcare providers should communicate regularly with physicians regarding treatment options for patients with chronic conditions.
Doctors should also be trained to use the National Registry of Evidence-based Medicine, the National Health Care Quality Center and the Healthcare Access and Quality Council as part of the overall plan, the experts say.
“It is imperative that health care providers and patients understand and adhere to the current guidelines, as the best possible care is not always available,” the guidelines state.
More than 30,000 people died in the U.S. last year from preventable illnesses, the U of S Health Rankings report found.
It is estimated that the average American spends $13,843 a year on medical bills, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.