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Tips to Prevent Receiving an Unexpected Large Hospital Bill
February 20, 2015
Tips to Prevent Receiving an Unexpected Large Hospital Bill

Financial debt is a devastating problem in the U.S. that can cause a domino effect of other financial problems, such as credit card debt, bad credit and sometimes even personal bankruptcy. Receiving an unexpected large hospital bill in the mail can lead you into financial debt quickly. As a consumer you can take steps toward…

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America’s Bitter Pill Renews Interest in Time Magazine Article
February 4, 2015
America’s Bitter Pill Renews Interest in Time Magazine Article

Steven Brill, a well-known American journalist who wrote the groundbreaking 2013 Time Magazine feature “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us”, has just released his newest book – a sequel of sorts to the Time article. “America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix our Broken Healthcare System” attempts to…

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Urgent Care Clinics?
January 22, 2015
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Urgent Care Clinics?

When you consider whether to go to an urgent care clinic to care for your health needs, here is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages to weigh in your decision. This will provide information to determine if attending an Urgent Care Clinic is a good decision for you and your family.   What is…

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Medical Debt Burden
October 19, 2014
Medical Debt Burden

Trying to get the most for your money on your medical care is much different than any other “shopping” experience out there. The doctor chooses the tests and treatment to eradicate what is bothering the patient. The patient does have a voice, but more often than not, the doctor is calling the shots and the…

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The Effects of Proposition 45 on the Affordable Care Act
October 2, 2014
The Effects of Proposition 45 on the Affordable Care Act

As November 4th approaches, ballot initiatives are causing their usual uproar in California. The closer the date gets, the more intense the pressure becomes. Proposition 45, in particular, is being both promoted and denounced heavily by anyone with an interest in healthcare costs, quality and accessibility.   Proposition 45  If it survives at the polls,…

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Mergers and Acquisitions Benefitting the Healthcare System
September 16, 2014
Mergers and Acquisitions Benefitting the Healthcare System

Large healthcare systems buying smaller offices and providers merging with each other have become extremely popular among many in the healthcare system. The healthcare market, it seems, is becoming more competitive, and the benefits of a large group practice model can be quite attractive in the eyes of the insurance companies as well as the…

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Pat’s Tips for Saving Money on Medical Bills: (Part 2)
August 28, 2014
Pat’s Tips for Saving Money on Medical Bills: (Part 2)

A DIY Guide to Achieving True & Accurate Charges and Fair & Reasonable Prices (Part 2) In our last segment of Pat’s Tips, we touched on a very important aspect of taking charge of your medical bills – being proactive. There are numerous methods of being proactive with saving money on your medical bills. Some…

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The Insured, the Uninsured and the Underinsured
August 11, 2014
The Insured, the Uninsured and the Underinsured

The New York Times has published an article that expresses investigators’ concerns that the health insurance Marketplace, located online at www.healthcare.gov, might not be ready to handle more citizens who are ready to sign up for the Affordable Care Act nor those who are wanting to make changes to their existing coverage this fall. According…

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Hospitals Push for Bundled Care
June 23, 2014
Hospitals Push for Bundled Care

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal reports the healthcare industry’s interest in providing more “bundled care” options for patients. Within this system, the payer is charged one fixed rate for everything involved within a procedure, sometimes even including postoperative procedures for up to 120 days after the initial procedure. In WSJ’s article, entitled…

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Risk-Free Medical Bill Reviews
June 16, 2014
Risk-Free Medical Bill Reviews

Companies who review medical bills see this scenario on a daily basis: You learn that you need to have an unexpected procedure and you allow your physician to set it up at one of the local hospitals. Nothing is questioned before the procedure and immediately after the procedure, you and your family are concentrating on…

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