write in ‘AS LONG AS THE PROVIDERS ARE IN MY NETWORK.’…before you sign any hospital admission documents accepting financial responsibility for your care

 “No Surprise Charges” is one of the key Lessons Learned in Elisabeth Rosenthal’s fabulous new book AN AMERICAN SICKNESS (Penguin Press, 2017). “Hospitals in your network should also be required to guarantee that all doctors who treat you are in your insurance network.” We have all harshly experienced or heard about under-the counter out-of-network hospital

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EBOLA is back in Africa. Is ZIKA next? Are we prepared?

Lesson Learned from recent EBOLA and ZIKA episodes. We need to designate REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS (REVRCs). 1. There should not be an automatic default to just designating Ebola Centers as REVRCs although there is likely to be significant overlap. 2. REVRCs should be academic medical centers with respected, comprehensive infectious disease diagnostic/ treatment

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The only sure things are death and taxes and “PRE-EXISTING” CONDITIONS.

“PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS” is a predatory insurance industry term, not a medical term. “Think it can’t get worse? …..The ACA specifically protected against discrimination for pre-existing conditions that showed up through genetic tests. You might not be sick yet—in technical terms, the illness has not manifested—but if you, for example, test positive for one of the

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Repeal and DESTROY

“Republicans have promised for seven years to repeal the Affordable Care Act, under which around 20 million Americans gained health coverage. But they had no consensus on how much of the law should be repealed and had great difficulty devising a comprehensive replacement.” (A)  “Republicans are often right when they point out Obamacare’s shortcomings, like

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