Choosing Healthcare Strategy that Pays – The wisdom of investing in proactive, primary-care models

By Scottsdale Airpark News By Dr. Susan Wilder, LifeScape Premier OCTOBER 22, 2014 – The employee healthcare burden puts American companies at a global disadvantage. American health care consumes nearly 18 percent of our GDP, crowding out every other spending priority, yet delivers a poor return on that investment. We fall behind other developed nations in life expectancy along with virtually every key health metric … Continue reading Choosing Healthcare Strategy that Pays – The wisdom of investing in proactive, primary-care models

Robert Nelson, MD: ‘The Physician’s Role in Health Plan Networks: Can We Serve Two Masters?’

JUNE 3, 2014 – Networks, in a general sense, are not bad. In fact, most networks tend to be a good thing.  The term “network” tends to conquer positive connotations in our minds most of the time. An exception is when networks operate more like cartels that serve the interest of a narrow industry, and not the consumers and so-called beneficiaries they purport to serve. … Continue reading Robert Nelson, MD: ‘The Physician’s Role in Health Plan Networks: Can We Serve Two Masters?’

“A $6,000 deductible — that’s just staggering,” she said. “I never thought I’d say this, but how many minutes until I get Medicare?”

By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR OCT. 17, 2014 – Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part … Continue reading “A $6,000 deductible — that’s just staggering,” she said. “I never thought I’d say this, but how many minutes until I get Medicare?”

Daily Journal: Some Say Paying the Doctor Directly Makes Sense

By Katherine Restrepo Oct. 23rd, 2014 – RALEIGH — A massive government overhaul of our health care delivery system continues to unfold, and the nation is embarking upon uncharted territory. Providers are fed up with reduced payments, spending more time wading through convoluted third-party paperwork, and not being reimbursed in a timely fashion. (Can someone say NC Tracks?) However, an increasing number of medical providers … Continue reading Daily Journal: Some Say Paying the Doctor Directly Makes Sense