Pain Medication: The heroin epidemic has caused doctors to rethink how they prescribe pain medication. HealthCare Advocates is receiving an increasing number of calls from people who were on pain medication but are now being taken off it due to new approaches being taken by physicians.
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Medicare: effective Jan. 1, 2017, the Quality Payment Program replaced the Medicare physician incentive programs, creating one program that will govern Medicare Part B payments to all eligible providers. This program incentivizes providers to increase quality of care and decrease inefficiencies in the cost of care.
Medicine becoming less costly? One of the few areas of medicine where consumers pay out of pocket is cosmetic surgery. The inflation-adjusted price of cosmetic medicine actually fell over the past two decades — despite a huge increase in demand and considerable innovation [See http://healthblog.ncpa.org/why-cant-the-market-for-medical-care-work-like-cosmetic-surgery/].
This is why people need HealthCare Advocates:
On July 12th, the Speaker of the House and Senate Minority Republic Leader bestowed the Order of Merit on HealthCare Advocates’ president, Kevin Flynn.
The bad side of doctor performance ratings: Last week another surgeon told HealthCare Advocates that she will not accept difficult cases because she does not want her provider rating to drop.
Obama’s Affordable Care Act has mandated that 80% of premiums must be paid out in claims. To comply with this mandate, insurance companies are cutting customer service representatives forcing members to use less costly online portals. This will simply add to the insurance confusion for members.
Skin Secret: a remedy for dry skin is extra virgin olive oil. Add a few tablespoons to a warm bath, and watch your skin improve.
The 1994 Target Cities Project stated that patients who had been to a drug treatment program, attended a 12-step program and had counseling sessions had an 87% chance of abstinence six months post treatment.
The first (patient-initiated) federal mental health parity case in the country, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, has found in favor of the plaintiff/patient.