Patients who undergo treatment at a hospital emergency room versus a hospital-owned urgent care center can expect to see a huge differential in prices.
I recently documented his extensive health issues. He's an enrollee in a UnitedHealth Medicare Advantage plan. So he was concerned when he read media accounts that UnitedHealth was contemplating leaving the state health insurance exchanges by 2017 because if was losing money on such enrollees. It also cut its fourth-quarter earnings forecast by about 5 percent
Yet "no" was the short answer I gave my father-in-law--and not just because he's enrolled in a plan that isn't offered on the exchanges.
However, it's not a surprise he was concerned. The fretted, unexamined hand-wringing began immediately after the announcement. The Washington Post interviewed analysts to determine if the exchanges would "collapse." TheWall Street Journal blared this headline: "Biggest Insurer Threatens to Abandon Health Law." That story quoted UnitedHealth Stephen Hemsley saying "we can't sustain these losses." Slate's article contained the subhead: "Is the ACA Doomed?"
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UnitedHealth Group's change of heart about providing subsidized insurance to tens of millions of lower and middle-income Americans, according to Bloomberg, may play a significant role in how hospitals fare in the coming years.
As the federal government continues to push new guidance regarding how the 340B drug discount program operates, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its members continue to prod Congress to ensure that the changes do not go too far.
The state of Iowa has been transitioning its Medicaid to a privatized managed care program, but to date there have been few takers among hospitals.
The Obama administration has signed off on the use of Medicaid funds to house enrollees, possibly creating a path that would not only bring down the homeless population but also cut down on hospital costs.
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Two of the men Pamela Wible, M.D., a family practice physician, dated in medical school took their own lives. Eight physicians in her small town committed suicide. Writ large, physician suicide is a public health issue: More than one million patients lose their physicians each year because those physicians take their own lives. In a recent interview with Christine Sinsky, M.D., from the American Medical Association, posted on the KevinMD blog, Wible offered several steps the medical community can take to help prevent additional physician suicides.