Price transparency means not having to settle for the MSRP, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or the sticker price or the friends-and-family discount. Instead, it means seeing the real, bottom-line price. So when it comes it medical care, why is this still an issue?
A new study suggests that teaching hospitals -- our centers of academic medical excellence -- are no more expensive to patients than your local community hospital. While we may quibble about the numbers, one thing is clear: the cost of hospitalization is only a little more transparent than the cost of medications. Do we see a pattern?
Epic patent gaming, and pay-for-delay agreements to slow-walk introduction of cheaper generics to market, helped bring us to this point. But will a growing behemoth of 750 hospitals actually lower drug prices?
For the best in hospitality services stick to The Four Seasons, not hospitals.
With the ever-changing healthcare landscape, it's important for patients to know that not every member of their care team has interchangeable training, especially when it comes to invoking the term "doctor."
Compared to warm winters, cold winters are likelier to land more people in the hospital, particularly the emergency room.
A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine raises concerns about low-value care delivery in hospital-associated primary care practices. It's time to put high quality into the healthcare discussion with the same vigor and level of import as access. Actual patient-centered care – and not mere lip service – saves lives and money.
Of the 20 "Best" hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the Center for Medicare Services (which released its list a few days earlier) only agreed with one, giving it a 5-star rating. The two scoring systems came to some very different conclusions. So what does that mean for you?
In the first article of this series we discussed the last of four measures that the Center for Medicare Services uses to establish hospital star ratings — the patient experience — which heavily weighted in determining hospital ratings. New York hospitals had significantly longer delays than national averages, and the ratings reflect this.
The Centers for Medicare Services released its ratings of our nation’s hospitals last week, which caused considerable consternation among hospitals and academic medical centers. But when you consider its only reporting the average star ratings for New York hospitals based on a star rating that itself is a weighted average of 64 measures, the report doesn't contain a great deal of useful information.
Hospital-acquired infections are a major public health concern the risk of getting an infection while in the hospital is roughly 1 in 20. They are also an especially substantial burden because they are often difficult to treat due to their antibiotic resistance (therefore being dubbed superbugs). Just a few of these bacteria include MRSA, VRE, and CRE, which the CDC refers to as nightmare bacteria.