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Foxes Redesign Hen House

New York State has a looming $8 billion deficit from ballooning Medicaid costs. Governor Cuomo, an astute politician, did what he does best. He formed a committee, called the Medicaid Redesign Team. That way he can avoid responsibility for failure, yet take credit if the plan succeeds. “Cuomo has instructed the team to impose zero impact on…

Replacing Higher-educated Nurses with Cheaper Staff

At first, we thought this had to be a parody. Surely Gomerblog was behind this. This couldn’t be real. But it is. Granted this article is from Canada but look at the absolute hypocrisy in these statements: One recommendation is to reduce the number of registered nurses (RNs) in favour of licensed practical nurses (LPNs)…

Who Needs Transparency When You Can Have an Estimator?

We all know hospitals and insurers are pissed about having to be transparent. Well, they are not going down without a fight: ACHP hopes it can convince the Trump administration to abandon its proposalto require health plans to disclose their negotiated rates with providers, which both insurers and providers fiercely oppose. Instead, the group wants a…

Hey, Dude, Where’s My Operating Room?

I love to point out how bad the government is when they try to run healthcare. In this article Six CEOs and No Operating Room: The Impossible Job of Fixing the Indian Health Service you will see that the absolute mess they create: That is despite extensive efforts at renovation and hundreds of thousands of…

Keep Them Reviews Coming

It’s time for Physicians to accept online reviews, and work on building their reputation. Gone are the days where patients are disrespected and there’s no one to listen to their vows. Social media has become a prevalent part of society and neglecting it will cause physicians great harm. Not only do Physicians have to watch…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Burnout

The results are in: Physicians between the ages of 40 and 54 experience a higher rate of burnout than older or younger doctors, according to a recent survey of more than 15,000 physicians who cited administrative tasks and work hours as key drivers of their stress. I am all for saying the same thing over…

Great News: UnitedHealthcare Raking in the Profits!

Not sure if you heard but: UnitedHealth Group said its 2020 revenues will surpass $260 billion next year as the company prepares to unveil its business strategy Tuesday. Already the nation’s largest health insurance company, UnitedHealth is poised to grow its top line by about 9%. UnitedHealth operates commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans via its UnitedHealthcare…