A federal rule allowing patients to more easily access clinical notes written in their medical records took effect in early April. Supporters of the move from both the patient side and the provider side say the new policy will improve patient outcomes and has very few drawbacks. The “open notes” or “information blocking” rule is […]
SUMMARY: Online patient communities have exploded in the past few years. They’re a great place to find support, information about the most recent treatments, and information about what’s worked for others.
People ask us a lot: what can I do to cut health-care costs? There are different answers, depending on your perspective: patient/consumer, provider (hospital, doctor), payer (insurance company or government or whoever) or someone else. The most important thing: ask what it costs. This is not an easy question to ask: many of us are […]