If you’re reading this, you probably know someone – a family member, friend, or neighbor – who has overdosed from opioids. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis paints a grim picture in its Final Report, issued on November 2, 2017: in the U.S., more than 175 lives are lost to […]Read More »
As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria brought destruction to the U.S. within a 30-day period, medical professionals rushed in to help of all stripes and colors. In addition to the traditional on-the-ground relief efforts, a growing number of doctors, nurses and others provided care remotely through the phone, video, smartphone apps and other telemedicine modalities. […]Read More »
Medicaid provides coverage for healthcare services for individuals and families with incomes of up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The 2017 levels equate to $16,400 per year for individuals and $33,600 for a family of four.
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Is Price Transparency the Next “Big Thing”? High deductible health plans are likely here to stay. As consumers pay bigger portions for healthcare, many find it difficult, if not impossible, to pay bills that run into the thousands. When consumers can’t pay, physicians and hospitals suffer. Ten US hospitals and health systems filed for bankruptcy […]Read More »
For the second time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a delay in implementing bundled payment models. CMS’ Interim Final Rule delays several Medicare payment models until Oct. 1, 2017. This rule has stakeholders wondering if there will be yet another delay beyond October or if bundled payments will take hold at all under the Trump administration.Read More »