How to avoid falling for fake online reviews of healthcare providers

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

How to avoid falling for fake online reviews of healthcare providers

At least 70% of Americans use online reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, RateMDs and HealthGrades to help find healthcare providers, according to a 2020 survey from Software Advice, a consulting firm. But there’s a huge problem with that: an untold number of online reviews on these sites are fraudulent. One recent analysis of four […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the antibody tests: Here are our citizen science and journalism project results

Our citizen science journalism project with Covid antibody tests is over, and the results are conclusively inconclusive. Out of 32 members of the group (including me) who used our in-home antibody tests from Wuhan, China, 6 were positive, 17 were negative, 4 were invalid and 5 were not returned. Among the people who tested negative […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]

A doc visit gone horribly wrong: One man’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A doc visit gone horribly wrong: One man’s story

A friend of a friend, Christopher Ford, wrote this on Facebook. I’m posting with permission, and including some of the comments anonymously. “So I broke down a month or so ago and got myself a primary care physician. Everyone knows all too good and well that I’ve been under the care of about half a […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

G.O.P. lawmaker asks for criticism of A.C.A., but doesn’t get it

Summary:  Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, Wash., decided to look for negative information about the Affordable Care Act. So she wrote on her Facebook page: “This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer […]

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

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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?     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. […]