The Enemy of Better by Pat Conrad MD

Should HSA money be allowed to pay for Direct Primary Care services? Yes, according to pending legislation H.R. 6015, a bi-partisan proposal as explained by Wendy Wolfson in Medical Economics. This is being driven by the growing interest in, and availability of DPC practices. Making HSA money eligible for DPC fees lowers the cost of…

Another Strong Letter From the AAFP

The AAFP sent a letter to President Trump begging for a reduction in the amount of regulatory burdens that family doctors have to deal with.  Here are some highlights of the letter: “There is not a single discipline of medicine that faces greater administrative and regulatory burden than family physicians and other primary care physicians.”…

Aetna’s Growth

Here is a funny news item.  Aetna Inc. reported earnings that beat analysts’ expectations.  Yes, somehow they beat expectations.  Their net income dropped sharply due to restructuring costs though their revenue…….rose.  Yup, the insurers keep winning.  And yet, they continue to whine and complain: Chief Executive Mark T. Bertolini said in an interview that the insurer wouldn’t expand…

Malabsorptive Thinking by Pat Conrad MD

The January 2017 issue of Family Practice News has gone whole hog on the obesity issue, with articles on insurance-mandated pre-bariatric surgery diets; commentaries on obesity and weight watchers; whether joint replacement or bariatric surgery should come first; overweight pregnancy care; “weekend warrior” exercise patterns and mortality; and plenty of the latest exciting diabetes opinions.…

Insurers Always Get Paid

Here is some more proof that the insurance companies were in cahoots with the Obama administration: In a ruling that could end up affecting many Obamacare insurers — and billions of dollars — a judge Thursday ordered the federal government to pay Oregon-based Moda Health more than $200 million that the insurer says it was…

Hospital CEO Pay

I was doing some research and found this article that I think you will love.   It is from late last summer, but still needs to be highlighted.  It turns out that as one in five Americans with health insurance struggled to pay their medical bills in the past year, the CEOs of hospitals having been raking…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Consolidating Hospitals

In a brave move that eschews all sense of impartiality, the American Hospital Association used a SELF-FUNDED report which concluded that hospital mergers are beneficial and don’t lead to higher prices.  The report, interestingly enough, was based primarily on survey data ALSO provided by the AHA.   Lastly, “hospital leaders consistently indicated in interviews that hospital mergers…