News of the day: A ZocDoc competitor, doc ratings, the uninsured

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Here’s a smattering of news from today:

This looks to us like a ZocDoc competitor, based in Cincinnati: “YourCity.MD Introduces Dr. Now™ Feature which Reduces Health Care Costs, Improves Patient to Doctor Access & Doctors Instantly Become More Productive with a Tractable ROI.” PRNewswire.

Health-insurance denials: “Obtaining a comprehensive individual health insurance plan can be fraught with denials. Roughly a fifth of applicants for a particular policy will be turned down initially. Many more will see a final monthly premium that’s higher than the originally quoted base price.” The Seattle Times.

Which states have the highest level of uninsured people? This invaluable Kaiser Family Foundation table is engaging and informative.

Doctors who bill fees for cardiac stress testing order more such tests,  according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“The success of physician ratings websites—such as HealthGrades, or RateMyMD, among many others—has been mixed. It’s easier than ever to find at least a little more information about your next partner in health. But patients are still frustrated with the dearth of details online and remain confused about how to evaluate the facts they find there. Some experts have suggested that these sites are still not as useful as they could be—in some cases, misleading potential patients with incorrect or out-of-date information.” Prepared Patient Forum.