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Facility Fee Transparency Law in Kansas

Patients are often unaware that they will be charged hospital “facility fees” until they get their bill after their visit to a doctors’ office or clinic that is owned by a hospital. That may be changing soon in Kansas, thanks

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Medical Costs 20% Higher at Hospital Owned Groups–Hospital Testing and Hospital Facility Fees

By Elizabeth Rowe, Ph.D, M.B.A. A recent study in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) has addressed directly for the first time, the effects of hospital ownership of physicians’ groups, including hospital facility fees, compared to physician owned groups

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High Deductible Insurance 101—Warning! This could save you thousands!

By Vernon Rowe, Aaron Seacat, Rose Eilts, and Amber Smith With the changes in health insurance these days, Obamacare causing high deductible insurance for employer based health plans, and the increasing responsibility for patient payments caused by these changes, the

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Why I Love Clinical Neurology

By Vernon Rowe Someone asked me the other day why I love Clinical Neurology. The short answer is it gives me immense enjoyment at all levels. The long answer involves the concept of “flow.” Here’s how: I enter a patient’s

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High Deductible Health Insurance and the Functionally Un-insured

High deductible health insurance has resulted in what I call “the Functionally Un-Insured.” Deductibles and co-pays (that part of a patient’s medical bill that he or she will have to write a check for) have been rising since 2007. Many

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MedPAC Finds High Hospital Costs, NOT Higher Volume, Makes US Healthcare More Expensive Than The Rest of The World

By Elizabeth S. Rowe, Ph.D., M.B.A. MedPAC finds High Hospital Charges and Costs, NOT Higher Volume, makes US Healthcare more expensive than the rest of the world. This year’s agenda for MedPAC (The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress

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Healthcare and Baseball – In Need of Disruptors – “That’s What Speed Do”

by Vernon Rowe and Aaron Seacat Healthcare and Baseball are alike in many ways, and this similarity was driven home when the Kansas City Royals, against all odds, won the American League pennant. Healthcare and Baseball are ponderous institutions, with

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Rural Americans Pay More for Rural Health Care Because of CMS Policy

Rural Americans pay more for Rural Health Care because of the CMS policy of paying so-called “critical path” hospitals far more than independent physicians for the same services. And paradoxically, this policy decreases access to care for these Americans. The

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Unintended Consequences of Obamacare

Dr. Vernon Rowe is a member of the AMA House of Delegates, representing the American Society of Neuroimaging. Many members of the AMA still doubt that Obamacare, or The Affordable Care Act, will succeed in the long run. They believe

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When Hospitals Buy Physician Practices, Spending by Privately Insured Patients Increases

Over the course of the past decade the medical industry has witnessed a trend that has disturbed many health insurers and health economists concerned with the cost of healthcare for privately insured patients: An ever-growing number of hospitals are purchasing

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