Health Insurance Companies Are Misleading Patients – ACEP Fights Back!

From ACEP (video)

Health insurance companies are misleading patients by offering “affordable” premiums, but those plans cover very little. They are increasing their own profits in part by limiting the number of doctors and hospitals available to their beneficiaries – forcing the doctors out-of-network.


Three employees fired following death of woman forced out of Florida hospital

From Becker’s:

Three medical professionals at Blountstown, Fla.-based Calhoun Liberty Hospital have been fired for the way they handled the case of Barbara Dawson, a 57-year-old woman who died after being forcibly removed from the hospital last December.

A hospital spokeswoman told the Tallahassee Democrat two nurses, Karen Taylor, RN, and Jennifer Waldorff, RN, along with paramedic Drew Peacock, were let go from Calhoun Liberty as of Friday. All three were removed from their normal duties at the hospital in January.

Hospital CEO turnover rate in 2015 among highest reported in 20 years

From Becker’s:

Hospital CEO turnover in 2015 held steady at 18 percent, according to a recent report by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

That’s less than the record high of 20 percent in 2013, but equal to that reported in 2014 and still among the highest rates reported in the past two decades.

Telemedicine is saving lives in rural America and around the world

From The Hill:

With just a click of a button, a doctor may conference in with a patient and provide rapid triage and medical decision-making that can save hours in a world where minutes make all the difference. The moment an artery in the brain gets clogged and a patient develops symptoms, a metaphorical hourglass is turned, and every minute that passes means increased risk for permanent damage. Medical providers have a window of only a few hours to deliver life-saving medications that bust through a clot and restore blood flow, giving true value to the old adage repeated throughout the medical world, “Time is tissue.”

In the United States, 22 states and Washington, DC require physicians to receive reimbursements from private insurance companies for remote care for some or all telemedicine services, and more than 40 state Medicaid programs offer reimbursements, to varying degrees, to doctors who practice telemedicine. According to VSee, a project created by a team of Stanford University scientists, at least 11 other states have considered legislation that would impose similar regulations. As U.S. medical costs continue to outpace inflation, medical professionals and insurance companies will increasingly rely on telemedicine services to provide a growing demographic of Americans with this cost-effective technology.

Uncompensated care hits hospital bottom lines

From Fierce Health Finance (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Despite the addition of millions of newly insured Americans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals continue to struggle with the issue of bad debt because of non-paying patients.

The primary reason why patients aren’t paying their bills? More than a third of all Americans are insured by plans with high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, according to Bloomberg News. That is up from just 25 percent in 2010, the year the ACA was signed into law.