Health Insurance

Health
8:33 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Insurance, Not Injuries, May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers

For someone with a serious injury, it's not just a matter of getting in the door at the closest hospital, but getting in the door at the right hospital, says Dr. Arthur Kellermann, an emergency medicine specialist.
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Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 1:00 pm

When private hospitals transfer patients who don't have insurance to public hospitals, it's called "patient dumping." But a study from Stanford University published Wednesday suggests a twist: Hospitals, it seems, are less likely to transfer critically injured patients to trauma centers if the patients have health insurance.

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Conversations in Medicine
10:45 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Physician Prescribes Telemedicine, Pill-Splitting to Cut Costs for Patients

Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, a primary care physician at Louisiana Family Medicine in Baton Rouge, says a good doctor-patient relationship can also reduce the cost of care.

Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, Louisiana Family Medicine

Health
4:30 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

White House Releases Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health

The mental health parity law passed in 2008, but it didn't cover people in smaller health plans.
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Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 1:35 pm

The Obama administration delivered on a long-delayed health care promise when it issued rules to ensure equal health insurance treatment for people who have problems with mental health or need treatment for substance abuse.

The rules, issued Friday, require that most health insurance plans offer the same amount of coverage for mental health and substance abuse claims as they do for medical and surgical coverage.

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Health
3:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:08 am

More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014.

Conversations in Medicine
2:47 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Insurance Agent Recommends Paper Form Over Exchange Website

Since it launched Oct. 1, the online portal for the health insurance marketplace required by the Affordable Care Act has been plagued with glitches. It's been hard to find anyone who's been able to enroll for an insurance plan at Healthcare.gov yet.

Insurance broker Phil Muscarello says agents can help consumers fill out a paper application instead. For more information, visit www.pjmi.com.

Conversations in Medicine
1:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Insurance Agent Provides Affordable Care Act Bullet Points to Clients

While politicians continue to wrangle over the roll-out of the federal Affordable Care Act, families and individuals are grappling with what it means for them.

Phil Muscarello