How the Affordable Care Act Failed Me

I was a staunch supporter of the Affordable Care Act.  I loved the immense possibilities of providing healthcare to everyone.  It wasn’t a one-payer system but the prospect of everyone having health insurance made me giddy.  As a patient advocate, I had visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head. I am afraid my…

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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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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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Do Hospital Billing Practices Interfer With Patient Care?

There is no question that some hospital billing practices directly interfere with patient care.  For patients paying out of pocket, the journey to get quality care can be hindered by financial offices.  Many hospitals demand 60% or more of a projected amount upfront in order to receive service. This amount is based on the highest…

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Medical Billing Offices:Swimming with Sharks

I would like start by stating, that I understand medical billing offices have a job to do.  What I am writing about is how the billing offices go about the business of recouping their money since the economic downturn.  With insurance raising premiums and the least expensive policies having higher deductibles and larger coinsurance, patients…

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The POWER in emPOWERed Patient

It is often hard to feel as if you have any power or say when visiting the doctor or lying in a bed in the hospital.  Most people are not medical and don’t understand much of the jargon being bantered around.  We struggle to make sense of what has happened to our body.  We don’t…

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