Are hospital ratings reliable

Are hospital ratings reliable?

A Disease Management post on 6/9/2015

There are a growing number of websites and publications that rate hospitals, from the annual U.S. News and World Report list of best hospitals and Medicare’s Hospital Compare site to HealthGrades, Hospital Safety Score and Consumer Reports. But is it … Continued

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Health care cost and complexity necessitate closer attention

A Personalized Healthcare post on 12/17/2013

The complexity and cost of health care are on everyone’s mind. With the implementation of the Health Care Reform Act, the pace of change and related confusion are guaranteed to increase. No wonder 79% of wealthy Americans cite health care costs as their top financial concern in 2012, Merrill Lynch. Most families lack the time and capability to properly manage their growing health care risk exposure.

It is widely reported that more than 70% of medical bills contain errors. What’s more, 77% of Americans have trouble understanding their insurance coverage or reading an Explanation of Benefits. Too often we hear, “I just pay the bill” or “I don’t bother filing medical claims.”  These issues have consequences beyond overpaying because your insurer or Medicare is not aware of your true utilization of coverage. You may be exposed to uncertain risks should you ever become ill and need to use your full plan benefits. Read more

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