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outofpocket Patient Expert

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I am founder of OutofPocket.com, a health care price transparency initiative to help consumers... Full Bio
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Help Negotiating Your Medical Bills by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD If you are uninsured and have medical bills you cannot afford, you have a few options. If the bills are large enough, you could file for bankruptcy, though that should be a ... Read on »
How to Avoid Insurance Billing Errors by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD You might not be able to control all your health care costs, but scrutiny of your medical bills and using in-network providers can go a long way to help you save money on yo ... Read on »
300 “Shoppable” Health Care Procedures by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD According to a recent white paper published by Thomson Reuters , $36 billion dollars annually is wasted on health care procedures that are considered shoppable. These proced ... Read on »
Top Ten Tips to Save Money on Medical Care by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Peter McIntire recently launched SelfPayMRI.com , an online portal that helps consumers discover and schedule affordable imaging and diagnostic testing.   He publish ... Read on »
Health care in America by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD This article explains how companies are attempting to make health care costs transparent for their employees.  The full article, Companies Try to Make Health-care Costs Tran ... Read on »
When to use a Retail Clinic or Urgent Care Center by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD This past year my daughter visited a retail clinic for a strep throat and my husband visited an urgent care center for his stitches.  Both of these experiences provided exce ... Read on »
Educating Consumers about Healthcare Price Transparency by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Educating Consumers about Healthcare Price Transparency is the Best Solution to Controlling Costs> Health reform won’t stop providers from overcharging for care, only co ... Read on »
Health-care Price Data Can Be Difficult to Obtain by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Why don’t health plans provide their members with useful tools so members can look-up and compare true out-of-pocket prices for health care services --based on their policy, ... Read on »
Haggling with health-care providers may reduce medical bills by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Do you often think that you might be overspending on health care bills? Have you ever been surprised by the amount you owe the provider when the bill arrived in the mail? ... Read on »
Savings Hundreds of $$$ on Medical Procedures by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD As a consumer advocate for health care price transparency, I run across dozens of articles every month that demonstrate every day examples of the dispa ... Read on »
Do you have a medical bill story to share? by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Do you have a story about a medical bill that was higher than you expected it to be? Or a time when you wanted to know how much a medical test or treatment might cost? How ... Read on »
Urgent Care Centers vs. Hospital Emergency Rooms by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Last month my husband was injured while playing basketball and his injury required him to have a number of stitches.  With our family high-deductible health plan (HDHP), w ... Read on »
How to Reduce Your Drug Costs by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you are not taking any prescription drugs you can skip this article.  But if you are taking prescription drugs, learning how to reduce your drug costs can save you hundre ... Read on »
Helping Consumers Get Health Care Costs Under Control by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Simplee is a new Web-based service that can help you get control of your health care costs and expenses. Like Mint.com with your personal finance accounts, Simp ... Read on »
Pricing Disparities Revealed for Imaging Services by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Did you know that prices you pay for a CT and PET scan, MRI, ultrasound and mammogram can vary a great deal from provider to provider – for the exact same service?  You coul ... Read on »
Sometimes Empowerment Needs a Little Push by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We all complain about the cost of health care and health insurance.  Ours is by far the most expensive health care system in the world.  And for the money, our health isn ... Read on »
Saving Money on Dental Service by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Millions of people do not have dental insurance or have a dental policy that is extremely limited.  As a result, millions of people end up spending a lot of money on dental ... Read on »
Out-of-Pocket Expenditure by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Definitions: Out-of-Pocket Expenditure on Health: The direct outlays of households, including gratuities and in-kind payments made to health practitioners and to ... Read on »
Excessive Medical Bills by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An interesting article appeared last month in the Los Angeles Times.  The article, written by David Lazarus, sheds some light on why we need price transparency in our health ... Read on »
What Do Hospitals Really Charge? No One Knows, Even With Posted Prices by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An increasing number of hospitals are starting to publish prices for common health care procedures on their websites.  Are these prices helping consumers understand w ... Read on »