A client recently called us at First Stop Health about a problem. The hospital was dunning them for an emergency room bill of more than $100,000. (Yes, you read that correctly ““ ONE-HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars.) They asked if we could help. Continue reading “Medical billing ABCs: Which part don’t you understand?” »
My mother and father both died of diseases that were caused by smoking tobacco.
One of the most vivid memories of my youth was being sent to Peoples Drug in Washington, D.C. in the early 1960s to buy cigarettes for my mother. Continue reading “Thank you, CVS” »
The New York Times ran an interesting story March 30 about how medical clinics have already begun to feel “growing pains” associated with an influx of newly-insured patients as a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
In the story, Abby Goodnough reports that in Kentucky alone, more than 350,000 people – about eight percent of the state’s population – have signed up for coverage. Insurers and medical providers are reporting steady demand from the newly covered, ranging from basic checkups to complex surgical procedures. Continue reading “New York Times Report: Obamacare beginning to overwhelm healthcare providers” »
It is a wonderful term, one that beckons consumers: natural. However, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as administered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the word is meaningless. Despite hundreds of court rulings and recent interest by the federal bench, FDA has refused to define it, citing budget restrictions and higher priority projects. Continue reading ““All natural” means nothing” »