Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds

In the new poll, conducted by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 20 percent of people under age 65 with health insurance nonetheless reported having problems paying their medical bills over the last year. By comparison, 53 percent of people without insurance said the same.  Carrie Cota learned the hard way Read more about Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds[…]

Surprise! Insurance Paid the E.R. but Not the Doctor

When people go to the emergency room, they are often stunned to discover that doctors who treated them are not employed by the hospital and bill their insurance company separately. How common is this? New research published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday found that more than one in five patients visiting the emergency Read more about Surprise! Insurance Paid the E.R. but Not the Doctor[…]

Can Cost of Treatment Influence Doctors

…………..some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care………. …….Dr. Steven D. Pearson, a visiting scientist in the ethics department at the National Institutes of Health, said the move by some societies to incorporate Read more about Can Cost of Treatment Influence Doctors[…]

But don’t jump to conclusions from the Medicare Data Release

HHS is taking a huge risk in releasing this data in this manner. I don’t think that the AMA, as a whole, is against data transparency, but there are certainly detractors in that organization. If this data comes out and people publish a lot of half-baked stories or blog posts based on this data, it Read more about But don’t jump to conclusions from the Medicare Data Release[…]

Next steps in Medicare data transparency

The new data provides a better picture of how physicians practice in the Medicare program, and the payments they receive. This data contains information on more than 880,000 health care professionals in all 50 states who collectively received $77 billion in payments in 2012 for services delivered to beneficiaries under the Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service Read more about Next steps in Medicare data transparency[…]

The Rise of Nimble Medicine by David Chase in TechCrunch

In their book, The Innovator’s Prescription, Clayton Christensen and Dr. Jason Hwang point out how applying technology into old business models has only raised costs. ………………..The next wave of disruptive innovators are taking advantage of second-mover advantage as the wave of health tech startups provide them off-the-shelf software that is an order of magnitude less Read more about The Rise of Nimble Medicine by David Chase in TechCrunch[…]