Tag: healthcare costs

NJ workers compensation carriers suffering from high costs; The chiropractic profession is ready to help you afford care again.

High NJ worker’s compensation costs; The chiropractic profession is ready to help everyone afford care again. Worker’s compensation in NJ has been a good old’ boy network of large clinics, mediocre care, unnecessary tests, surgeries, and bureaucracies.  The problem has worsened with hospital and medical group consolidation. The rates for disability per week have increased as did the cost of a medical report or expert fee as well if you decide to sue the carrier for non payment of medically necessary care. In 1990, the worker’s compensation insurers passed a law allowing the insurer to choose who the employee visited Read More »

When healthcare meets private equity; what can possibly go wrong? Ask the F.T.C..

When healthcare meets private equity; what can possibly go wrong? Ask the F.T.C. The NY Times recently reported the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) was going after a private equity-backed anesthesia group that has been consolidating and dominating local markets with Wall Street money. A close friend of mine has described what happened in his group, first at Barnabus, and then during the pandemic at JFK hospitals when private equity purchased these groups. Doctors like him were being replaced with nurse anesthesthetists (not necessarily bad for patients) as they attempted to do things to improve their profits and he was, as Read More »

Ridiculous hospital bills and mergers; when will this insanity end?

Ridiculous hospital bills and mergers; when will this insanity end? As a healthcare provider who works hard to do the right thing, insurers have been predatory on hospitals and healthcare providers for years.  The result has been hitting consumers in the pocketbook. Smaller practices that care and offer patient-centered care continue to be starved of revenue. At the same time, they evaluate the possibility of working for corporate medical practices where nobody knows who you are. Welcome to conveyor belt medicine where the hospital model is 15 minutes of primary care as you enter a system of visiting doctor after Read More »

Insurance administrative burdens both patients and their doctors according to the NY Times.

Insurance administrative burdens both patients and their doctors according to the NY Times. Behind the scenes in doctors’ offices. Having been in practice for nearly 40 years, the administrative burden placed on doctors’ offices is crazy.  Primary doctors juggle prescriptions, notes, records, and referrals for patients. Of course, there is coding, billing, answering phones, and scheduling patients so they can see the doctor and have their problems evaluated and treated correctly. In our chiropractic office, we verify insurance coverage, input patient information, make sure the patient knows how to find our offices, check if a referral is online when their Read More »

The Medicare advantage plans meant to curb Medicare spending is actually costing us more.

The Medicare Advantage plans meant to curb Medicare spending is actually costing us more. I have warned patients for years about Medicare Advantage plans which are private insurers taking your Medicare coverage and privatizing it. Promoted as wildly popular due to the heavy marketing and bait-and-switch tactics boiler rooms are using to switch patients to these plans before they even sign up for Medicare. Talking to their experts who are commissioned salespeople results in your signing up for an inferior plan that often gives participants a free gym membership for members. Traditional Medicare offers a low deductible and coverage in Read More »