Caring for an Elderly Parent: 7 Mistakes You Can Avoid

I recently lost my grandfather. He was 94 and lived a great life. He and my grandmother had 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. One can only hope to live to be 94 and lead such a full life. My mother and her two brothers, my uncles, cared for my grandfather  in his final ... Read More

Hospitals Buy Physician Practices; Prices Rise 240%

There is an interesting article in the August 10th, 2014 issue of Medical Economics magazine entitled, “Lopsided Value: Why cost may ‘level the playing field’ for independent, office-based physicians.” The article by Tammy Worth describes how when a hospital system buys a physician practice, the ... Read More

Surgery Quality: Unplanned Readmissions = 5.7%

There are two great editorial articles in the February 3, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  “Hospital Readmissions Following Surgery,”  by Dr. Lucian L. Leape and “Measuring Surgical Outcomes for Improvement,” by Dr. Donald M. Berwick.  Of note, Dr. Berwick is a ... Read More

Physician-Owned Medical Facilities: Do Doctors Refer to Them More?

There is an excellent article in the February 3rd, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Drs. Eli Adashi and Robert Kocher entitled, “Physician Self-referral: Regulation by Exceptions.” The article summarizes findings by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) ... Read More

Preventive Care Visits: Mass Confusion Still Abounds

At Compass we assist members dozens of times a day in navigating preventive care visits and preventive care ‘covered at 100%-issues.’  These preventive visits frequently end up costing healthcare consumers out-of-pocket payments when they should not. Several months ago, I was on a conference call ... Read More