Does Doctors’ Pay Structure Encourage Patient Neglect?

In most professions you get paid the more senior you become. An attorney typically bills hourly and as he becomes more an expert in his field and within his firm, his hourly rate continues to increase. Similarly in business, as you climb the corporate ladder, your salary increases. Medical doctors have an unusual situation. . . . → Read More: Does Doctors’ Pay Structure Encourage Patient Neglect?

Does Your Family Have $1.3 million to Spare?

The federal government’s debt will soon reach $10 trillion. That’s about $130,000 per family of four in the United States.

But if you think that’s bad, then consider the real national debt. After all, the phony $9+ trillion “debt” does not include any of the following:

The Social Security deficit The Medicare budget shortfall . . . → Read More: Does Your Family Have $1.3 million to Spare?

CT Scans: Just a Money Making Scheme?

I previously wrote about how I feel like we are in the “Era of Ancillary Services” for the physician. The New York Times recently ran an interesting article about cardiologists and the unnecessary CT-angiography scan. At the heart of the issue is that among cardiologists the CT-angiography scan (basically a 3-dimensional X-ray of the . . . → Read More: CT Scans: Just a Money Making Scheme?

Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Affect You Too

With cuts in Medicare slated this year, physicians are once again being put between a rock and a hard place. Reimbursements continue to decrease for all medical services. Given that private insurance companies typically peg their reimbursement rates to those of Medicare, the current downtrend in physician reimbursement is making things difficult for physicians.

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E-Visits: The Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

It seems that, by 2009, doctors may be able to bill Medicare for electronic consults, a practice that has been discussed in the past but has not been reimbursed by insurers (except in a few remote instances) to date.

Under this new provision, consumers of healthcare . . . → Read More: E-Visits: The Next Big Thing in Healthcare?