Lack of Listening is the Core Problem in American Health Care

Lack of Listening is the Core Problem in American Health Care

April 14, 2014 7:54 am by | 0 Comments

The Crisis in Primary Care – Part 4 There is and will be a need for many more primary care physicians (PCPs).Why? There is a shortage now and it will…


Highmark’s gains from Obamacare to come at a cost — perhaps a $2.9M one

Highmark’s gains from Obamacare to come at a cost — perhaps a $2.9M one

April 4, 2014 6:18 am by | 0 Comments

Highmark Inc. gained 104,000 members through the Affordable Care Act’s online exchange — far more than any other insurer in Western Pennsylvania. But that boost in business has a cost….



Cigna insurance ends contract with medical center in Georgia

Cigna insurance ends contract with medical center in Georgia

March 12, 2014 6:24 pm by | 0 Comments

Beginning next week, anyone with Cigna health insurance will not be covered at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. The hospital and its parent company, Central Georgia Health System, were…


15 minutes could save you … nothing in medical bills

15 minutes could save you … nothing in medical bills

March 4, 2014 2:25 pm by | 0 Comments

Two medical bills arrived in the mail over the weekend. One requested $525 for a specialist office visit, another $250 for a routine colonoscopy at a hospital. Since I don’t…


P4P:  A Physician’s Perspective

P4P: A Physician’s Perspective

March 4, 2014 1:00 pm by | 3 Comments

  Healthcare costs in the US have been climbing at scary rates. Many ideas have been created and tossed about to help curb these costs. One of these proposals is…


How Many Patients Should A Primary Care Physician Care For?

How Many Patients Should A Primary Care Physician Care For?

February 24, 2014 3:09 pm by | 0 Comments

The answer is probably about 1000 or less. But most primary care physicians (PCPs) have a panel of perhaps 2,500 patients and often more. Why the dichotomy? As insurers have…


Is the sky falling on Medicare Advantage seniors?

Is the sky falling on Medicare Advantage seniors?

February 23, 2014 6:12 pm by | 0 Comments

Seniors enrolled in Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plan In Baltimore County, Md., saw their monthly premiums rise from $33 to $51 this year. Enrollees in HealthNow New York, a Medicare HMO…



Insured less likely than uninsured to be taken to trauma center

Insured less likely than uninsured to be taken to trauma center

February 20, 2014 2:13 am by | 0 Comments

Health insurance is a good thing, right? Not if you are severely injured and taken to the nearest hospital, a large new study has found.
Insured patients were significantly more likely to be admitted to their local hospital — and so less likely to be …


Some health insurers refuse to cover suicide-related medical costs despite federal rules

Some health insurers refuse to cover suicide-related medical costs despite federal rules

February 18, 2014 5:45 am by | 0 Comments

Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are…


Dear Santa: Something for everyone on a healthcare Christmas wish list

Dear Santa: Something for everyone on a healthcare Christmas wish list

December 16, 2013 4:22 pm by | 1 Comments

Paul Keckley has taken a very generous approach to gift giving this year. He includes politicians, patients, doctors, students and executives on his wish list. He wants transparency in information,…


Iowa + Nebraska co-op brings more competition to insurance market with few options

Iowa + Nebraska co-op brings more competition to insurance market with few options

December 7, 2013 7:20 am by | 0 Comments

CoOportunity Health, a nonprofit health insurance cooperative based in Des Moines, Iowa, has had a front-row seat to the ups and downs of healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website that got…


Yep. 11-country survey reaffirms that healthcare is confusing, expensive & less accessible in U.S.

Yep. 11-country survey reaffirms that healthcare is confusing, expensive & less accessible in U.S.

November 19, 2013 11:53 am by | 0 Comments

Healthcare in the U.S. stands out from other developed nations not just because we spend more than any other country on it, but because the infrastructure leads to a host…


Even Bill Clinton thinks people should get to keep their insurance plans

Even Bill Clinton thinks people should get to keep their insurance plans

November 12, 2013 4:05 pm by | 0 Comments

In a new interview with OZY, former President Bill Clinton says there are three problems with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one of which could be fixed by…


Worst numbers yet for healthcare.gov: 500,00 cancellations vs. 476,000 (maybe) signups

Worst numbers yet for healthcare.gov: 500,00 cancellations vs. 476,000 (maybe) signups

October 25, 2013 5:15 pm by | 0 Comments

Josh Archambault on Forbes has the most damming analysis yet of how access to health insurance is changing under the Affordable Care Act. Thousands of people are getting cancellation notices…


White House, politicians call for individual mandate delay, but how long should it be?

White House, politicians call for individual mandate delay, but how long should it be?

October 24, 2013 4:32 pm by | 0 Comments

Who would have guessed? The Obama administration, Democrats and Republicans agree that the individual mandate should be delayed. But before you start in with the Kumbaya, rest assured there is…