Gaming the on-line doctor ratings

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Gaming the on-line doctor ratings

Suspicions of gaming the ratings leap to mind when one reads reviews of providers in places like yelp.com and Angie’s List. So it wasn’t surprising to read the other day on arstechnica.com that Timothy B. Lee had written a long sort-of expose of the ways in which doctors and dentists may try to affect their […]

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

  Dave Chase, a former Microsoft executive, wrote two treatises on huffingtonpost.com about health care were choice. Here’s one: Dave Chase: Do it Yourself Health Care Reform. and here’s the other: Dave Chase: Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster. P.S. He’s really smart, and he’s also working on a startup about health care called Avado. It’s sort of like a mint.com […]

Doctors, costs and the system

Doctors, costs and the system

Cost-effective health care is something everybody wants, but it’s also something that is opposed by a lot of parties to the conversation for different reasons, a topic explored in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Victor R. Fuchs, Ph.D., and Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H. Insurance companies don’t want to standardize […]

The Day: Cutting costs, a history lesson, and more cutting costs

The Day: Cutting costs, a history lesson, and more cutting costs

Here are two citations from the invaluable Maggie Mahar over at healthbeatblog: Health Beat: The “Top-Five” Ways to Improve Primary Care and Reduce Costs….  talks about how doctors have been able to stop unnecessary tests, and How Medicine became a growth business is an illuminating guest post by Dr. Clifton Meador about the history of medicine […]

Pharmacy Discount Plans–A Good Option?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Pharmacy Discount Plans–A Good Option?

Call me late to the party, but until recently, I knew very little about pharmacy-run discount plans for generic drugs. From Walgreens to Walmart, chains now offer customers a way to fill prescriptions for bargain-basement prices. Some have a signup cost. Others don’t. Either way, they usually cover several hundred generic meds. Companies will all […]

Waste and fraud in Medicare

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

Waste and fraud in Medicare

It’s an article of faith that one of the biggest sources of  health-care cost abuses is Medicare. The government pays bills for the elderly under this system, and it’s widely regarded as fraud-ridden and inefficient. So it was no particular surprise to read the other day that Medicare recovery audit contractors have returned $237.8 million […]

The Day: Costs of care, data security, insurance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The Day: Costs of care, data security, insurance

Comparative effectiveness research would help find the most effective medical treatments at the lowest prices, but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The Value of Comparison.  The New York Times. Significant concerns about the security of electronic patient health information are raised in two reviews from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of […]