Archive | January, 2014

FORBES: Health Insurance Companies See ObamaCare Medicaid Boon

As the Obama administration touts the need for uninsured Americans to sign up for private coverage via exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, the insurance industry sees growth in an expanded Medicaid program for the poor under the health law. This week, the chief executive of the nation’s largest health insurance company and a new analysis indicate major […]

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Some Doctors Practice ‘Boutique’ Medicine

Dr. Gary Levinson has practiced internal and sleep medicine in the San Diego area for years, but he practices in an unusual way. Some of his patients have his cellphone number and the number for a separate phone line into the office. They are also promised same or next-day appointments. And in the office, he’s […]

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Welcome to Zappos-Style Health Innovation

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s effort to revitalize downtown Las Vegas includes last month’s launch of a new clinic, run by Iora Health and spearheaded by physician Zubin Damania. Stanford-trained, Damania also happens to rap by the name of ZDoggMD. So it’s no wonder the project has drawn attention. But there’s another unusual aspect to this […]

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Doctor ‘Subscriptions’ On The Rise As More Turn To Concierge Medicine

Paying extra money to a doctor in exchange for better care and more access is a growing trend in healthcare. This method of care, often called ‘concierge medicine‘, means patients typically pay an annual subscription fee of hundreds or thousands of dollars to the doctor of their choice. That buys them regular direct access to […]

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Family Practice Develops New Healthcare Model

SCOTLAND, Pa. – With the massive changes in the insurance industry, medical practices have found themselves losing patients and spending less one on one time to develop a strong relationship. Often, patients feel like just a number being rushed through appointments and that is because of complex insurance regulations. However, Scotland Family Medicine will be changing that through their […]

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Senate Committee Advances Measure To Allow Health Care Without Insurance

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee has advanced legislation that seeks to codify in state statute the ability for doctors and patients to do business with each other directly without an insurance company functioning as a third party between the two. “This bill is patterned after legislation in the state of Utah,” explained Rep. […]

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Incorporating Concierge Medicine into My Cosmetic Surgery Practice

  Concierge medicine is a model of providing medical care in the office setting that has taken on many different meanings over time. The genesis of this new model developed after years of declining reimbursement, forcing doctors to see more patients for less time, just to cover overhead. To reverse the trend, some primary care […]

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Partners in Care: You And Your Doctor Today

The idea came to Linda Nash some time in the second hour of lying on a stretcher in a Bozeman, Mont., emergency room hallway with two cracked ribs. “I was in a lot of pain,” she says. “I started thinking: ‘What is wrong with this picture?’ ”While vacationing in the Rocky Mountains in June 2003, […]

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Roanoke Co. Doctor’s Office Posts Prices For Cash-Paying Patients

You go to a store where there are no marked prices on the merchandise. You get what you want, or maybe just what you need. You agree to pay an amount that remains unknown. A month or two later, you get the bill. Crazy as it may seem, that is essentially the payment structure for […]

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Have Scalpel, Will Travel: Alberta Surgeons Operate Abroad To Bypass Wait Times

Patient pays $40,000 to get knee replacement in Turks and Caicos Retired nurse Marlene Driscoll spent the holiday season celebrating a different kind of gift: a brand new knee, delivered by her Calgary surgeon at a private hospital in the Caribbean. The December surgery came with a hefty price tag of about $40,000 for the […]

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