The Blog is Back!

It is has been too many months since I last wrote. I was having problems with my site and had to transfer to another template. I am back and will begin writing on the many healthcare issues. Today’s blog is going to be very simple. What has happened to Pizza? I asked this question because…

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The Healthcare Exchange: A Distraction from Our Broken System

The launch of the healthcare exchange site was a disaster.  I admit I was surprised it was such a flop.  The dismal start has fueled the fires of the many Republicans to increase the rhetoric against the new healthcare law. A rhetoric that distracts from the fact that our healthcare system is broken and not…

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Fads Are For Fashion, Not Healthcare

Vanessa Garcia has written this quest blog. While I’m not a doctor, it doesn’t take one to start noticing trends in medical diagnoses, especially when you are as immersed in the healthcare world as I have been, now that I have a child who has special needs. Every so often it seems like more and…

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When Doctors Don’t Talk to Each Other

I lived with the illusion for many years, that doctors communicated with each other.    After all, every time I call any provider, the automated voice tells me, if you are a physician press #1.  Presto! the conversation begins. Recently, I had a situation where the lack of communication between physicians put a client of…

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Should I Expect My Primary Care To Remember My History?

I had my physical last week.  Prior to going to the appointment, I had some labs done.  I can get my results on line and did within hours.  Even though my appointment was in two days, I knew my PCP would send a letter with the results.  So I wasn’t surprised when I received an…

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Radio/TV Hospital Ads Should Include Cost and Financial Assistance Info

Now airing on NPR to ESPN, are hospital and doctor advertisements.  The ads explain all the great services and always “world class” doctors and specialty departments.  What they don’t talk about is the possible cost to the consumer. The ads are designed to lure people into thinking the care will be extraordinary and of a…

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I Won An Insurance Appeal Today: A Great Day

I am very excited because I just received the best news for a client.  We won an external appeal.  It reversed a potential $150,000.00 hospital/doctor/rehab bill.  What a day!  The insurance, Humana, has to pay. This journey started when I received a call asking me if I could help  with an appeal.   Sara was…

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Harvard Pilgrim On Facebook: Best Way To Keep Good PCP Relationship

Just to keep in the loop with insurance companies, I “like” their Facebook pages.  The other day, I was going through Facebook and there was a great posting from Harvard Pilgrim.  Whoever runs the site posted the following question. “Keeping a good relationship with your primary care physician is key to managing your health. What do…

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