This study in Oregon compared 2 year results of those that were enrolled in Medicaid or not, based on a random lottery system. There were no difference between the groups in outcomes of chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol or HTN, but those with Medicaid were more likely to be diagnosed and treated for diabetes, were less likely to report depression, were more likely to have received preventive services, and were less likely to have catastrophic out-of-pocket expenses. There are some tangible benefits of gaining Medicaid coverage, but some of the effects may not be seen within 2 years (abstract).
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]