Appealing a denial, or how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’: Part 3 of our series on billing

Appealing a denial, or how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’: Part 3 of our series on billing

So your insurance company denied a treatment or a medication, in advance, and you want help. This is part of our series on billing advice (see below for other entries.) Here are a few steps. Understand the reason for the denial. Ask that it be clearly stated, in writing, and that the appeal process for […]

Talking about medical quality: Consider the source

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Talking about medical quality: Consider the source

Summary: Measuring quality is a constant challenge in health care: quality of providers, quality of hospitals, quality of drugs, quality of treatments. Much of what’s out there is conflicting or written for professionals. A lot of quality information is actually delivered in the form of marketing materials, written to induce patients and providers to choose […]

Dollars for Docs: $1 million in drug consulting fees, told by ProPublica

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Dollars for Docs: $1 million in drug consulting fees, told by ProPublica

Follow the money. Our esteemed friends at ProPublica have added to their Dollars for Docs database, putting even more information in the hands of the public about what drug companies have made payments to which doctors. “When Dollars for Docs first launched in 2010, ProPublica spoke with several of the dozens of doctors who had earned more than $200,000 […]