Medical Insurance: S-V
RA, Remittance Advice - the explanation of payment, or denial of payment, sent to the party requesting payment for services rendered.
Release of Information - legal documentation, signed by a patient, allowing either full or limited disclosure of medical treatment to specific entities.
R&C, Reasonable and Customary - an amount determined to be the average reimbursement for services rendered in a particular area, the area is defined by the zip code. (also see Allowed Amount).
Secondary Coverage - the insurance policy determined to pay second.
Self - see individual coverage.
Self Employed - individual owns and operates a business, usually needs to purchase insurance to cover him/herself.
Small Employers - 2 to 50 employees, may or may not have the means to provide medical coverage.
SPD, Summary Plan Description - Documentation that employers should provide to employees regarding what services and treatments are eligible for reimbursement, and what services and treatments are not eligible for reimbursement.
Specialty Drugs - expensive medications to treat ongoing, debilitating diseases, such as cancer.
STD, Short Term Disability - a policy that guarantees an employee's paycheck for a set length of time to assist with short-term absence due to medical reasons.
Superbill - a form used in many doctors' offices that specifies the treatment received during an office visit.
Supplemental Coverage - a policy which will pay the policyholder regardless of any other insurance programs.
Underwriting - guaranteeing payment by the insurance administrator.
Vision Care - services and treatment received to prevent or reduce symptoms of the eye, to treat poor vision.