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It’s Personal for Me.

Updated: May 23

My husband's diagnosis with stage 4 metastatic cancer transformed my perspective on medical bills and made the issue deeply personal. Cancer infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives with its endless array of treatments, hospital stays, and the constant vigilance over his health. When doctors gave him a prognosis of “at least two years,” we braced for the worst. I took on the role of a relentless advocate, managing every aspect of his care, from appointments to treatments, ensuring no stone was left unturned. The odds were stacked against him and by grace and numerous surgeries he survived. I was pregnant at the time of diagnosis and we are still battling the aftermath of cancer 17 years later. Thankfully, he is here to father our two children.

Cancer knows no rest and carries with it extreme uncertainty. Understanding the battle firsthand, I realize how fortunate we were to have financial stability and diversified resources, a luxury many families do not have. It is now my mission to help alleviate the burden of medical debt for families, finding deep meaning, purpose, and profound happiness in making a tangible difference in their lives. It transcends fiduciary duty; it's a matter of human responsibility, grounded in ethics and legality.

As the CEO of US Beacon, I am deeply committed to upholding the highest standards of legal and ethical practices in medical billing. This commitment is grounded in a thorough understanding and adherence to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), especially as detailed in 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164. My dedication extends to the principles and regulations set forth by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the critical provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) that relate to claims processing and transparency.

This drive is not just about compliance; it's about ensuring that our practices reflect our core values of integrity, transparency, and accountability. By aligning our operations with these foundational laws and regulations, we aim to contribute to a healthcare system that is not only efficient but also equitable and accessible to all. It's a mission that goes beyond the bottom line, rooted in a belief that ethical billing practices are essential to fostering trust and delivering quality care.

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