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Quality measures in health care: Docs who do more do better

Posted by on April 11, 2014

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SUMMARY: It’s hard to find good quality measures in health care. One good proxy measure for quality is frequency: The doc who does more knee replacements tends to be good at doing knee replacements. It’s not always strictly true, but often is.

 

 


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How much does Medicare pay doctors? The big data release

Posted by on April 9, 2014

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SUMMARY: A big pile of Medicare doctor payment data was released today. That’s great for transparency, and great for public debate. It’s also a big step toward understanding some of the vagaries of our health care system.

 

 


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The new Medicare payment data release: 2 experts set the stage

Posted by on April 8, 2014

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SUMMARY: A big release of data from Medicare, on what doctors got paid what for doing what, is coming in hours. There’s a lot of debate about it — the American Medical Association resisted, and then stopped resisting — and the mystery about what’s in the data has been building for months. For a sneak peek, read on….

 

 


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How much does gall bladder surgery cost? $5,865 or $94,897

Posted by on April 8, 2014

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SUMMARY: Q: How much does gallbladder surgery cost?

A: Anywhere from $5,865 to $94,897.

Here’s another one: How can a person with good insurance wind up paying $6,104.64 for gallbladder surgery? Well, it’s not hard. Keep reading for the answers, or …

 

 


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How much do medical records cost? Guest post by Amy Gleason

Posted by on April 7, 2014

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SUMMARY: You own your medical records, right? Not so fast. If you want to take records from one place to another, you need to fill out forms, jump through hoops and — sometimes — pay lots of money.
 

 


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Who’s buying medications and medical supplies on Craigslist?

Posted by on March 28, 2014

 

SUMMARY: Medications and supplies for chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma are expensive, especially for the uninsured. But who thought that Craigslist would be a supplier of choice, instead of the local CVS or Costco?

 

 


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How much does an IUD cost? $0 or $500 or $2,600? And hey, is it covered?

Posted by on March 25, 2014

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SUMMARY: How much does an IUD cost? Well, either $0 or $500, or much more, one woman learned, after a 5-1/2 month research project –- much of it wrangling over the money. You knew that your IUD was covered under the Affordable Care Act, right? Read on for details of three women’s experiences, or …

 

 


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About That $1,126 Charge For A 2-Inch Bandage: Oops, It’s $2

Posted by on March 25, 2014

SUMMARY: Always question your bills. Always. Our friends over at Commonhealth wrote a piece not long ago about a woman who was charged $1,126 for a 2-inch bandage. After a year of fruitless complaining, she posted on the hospital’s Facebook page. Guess what?

 

 


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2 docs tell us: Treat people well, don’t waste money. Win!

Posted by on March 23, 2014

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SUMMARY: How do doctors decide what to spend money on? How do patients decide? How do insurers decide? It’s a complicated question, and here’s a simple answer: “The McNutt-Hadler Credo for Value-laden Medical Decision Making,” written by two doctors in the form of a blog post at The Health Care Blog. Read on for their advice, or… 

 

 


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Talking to insurers: Can I record my phone calls?

Posted by on March 20, 2014

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SUMMARY: Disputes about payments and coverage with providers and insurers are increasingly common. What can you do to protect yourself? Keep reading for some advice, or…

 

 


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