Summary: 5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Healthcare Consumer

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Last week’s blog series enumerated 5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Healthcare Consumer. Being a healthcare consumer is hard. It’s easy to mess up, which could impact the quality of your care and cost you more money. Below is a listing of the 5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Healthcare Consumer—click on each one ... Read More

Healthcare Consumer Mistake #2: Referrals Gone Wrong

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In a continuation of the blog series this week on the 5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Healthcare Consumer, Mistake #2 is Referrals: How NOT to Use Specialists. Now let me begin by writing that there is nothing wrong with medical specialists like cardiologists and orthopedic surgeons.  They have a very ... Read More

The ‘Hidden Tax’ of CDHPs

This is an adaptation of a blog I wrote last October, but it came up at Compass this past week, so I wanted to share again: The Hidden ‘Tax’ of consumer-directed or consumer-driven health plans is HR and Employee Benefits Professionals TIME.  Compass Professional Health Services recently polled a ... Read More

Physician Referrals: JAMA Article on the ‘Science’ Behind Them

There is an excellent article in the November 14th, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Dr. Niteesh Choudhry et al. entitled, “ Selecting a Specialist: Adding Evidence to the Clinical Practice of Making Referrals.” Having one physician refer a healthcare ... Read More