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

How Marriage Research Translates to Employee Benefits

There is a widely read article from the June 12th, 2014 issue of the Atlantic by Emily Esfahani Smith entitled, “Masters of Love—Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.” The article describes academic research on what makes marriage relationships ... Read More

Cleveland Clinic Reports: Headache? When Should You Get an MRI?

There is an excellent article in the December 2014 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine by Drs. Jason Post and Christopher Moriates entitled, “When does an adult with headaches need central nervous system imaging?”. The article is in reference to the fact that according to the ... Read More

Physician Upcoding: Does It Happen? If So, How?

There are two interesting articles from the November 25th, 2014 issue of Medical Economics, which is specifically dedicated to medical coding. For very brief background, there are two major categories of provider bills: HCFA 1500 bills for professional fees (e.g. Doctor’s office visits) and UB04 ... Read More

23 Healthcare Consumerism Maxims

Never assume. Ask about the price… before. Ask in general.  Speak up. Don’t pay a bill if you don’t understand it. Trust… but confirm: Advice from your physician,  Information from your insurance company. Get the first appointment of the day.  Your doctor’s mind will be fresher and he/she ... Read More