Healthcare Price Transparency: A Look at Aetna’s Web-Based Tool

Tweet   Illustration source: Vermont Health Connect, Vermont.gov Would you look at comparative price information for procedures like an MRI, sleep study, or colonoscopy before you selected where to have a procedure done? Would you like to have fewer surprises on what you will pay before you go in for these procedures? Price transparency in

Appendicitis in America: Time for Practice Change?

Tweet Chances are good that most readers have had personal experience with appendicitis. Appendectomy is the top inpatient surgery for kids and it far outpaces all other pediatric surgeries. Also, appendicitis is the most frequent reason adults make it to the emergency room. When people worry about their healthcare, appendicitis may seem like small change,

Homecare Workers Flood #fightfor15 Rallies,
Wait for President Obama to Act

Tweet Homecare and direct care workers were out in droves last night in New York’s #fightfor15 rally that stretched from Columbus Circle to Times Square. Initially billed as an event for fast-food and retail workers, the #fightfor15 day expanded to home care workers, adjunct professors, and low-wage workers in general. In fact, health and home

4 Short Summer Reads: Concussion in Girls, Adult Diapers,
Gay Conversion Therapy with Electric Shock, and Chronic Pain

Tweet We’re halfway through the summer, when perhaps you have more time for reading and considering new ideas. I want to draw readers’ attention to four issues that sharpen the focus on overlooked population groups that should be part and parcel of patient-centered research and care. Presented in no particular rank order, I think that

Patient POV Update: Immigration and Abortion News

Tweet I regret not posting here recently. It’s been a very busy time for me and I am following several issues that will make their way to this blog soon. I can’t give you a rank order of what’s most important, but I think there is a heck of a lot going on out there

Repeating Koch’s Biggest Blunder

Tweet Few people remember Mayor Edward Koch regretting anything, much less anything he fought tooth and nail for, and belligerently. Tucked into the New York Times obituary Feb. 1 was a little-known fact that Koch, who championed the closure of Harlem’s Sydenham Hospital, later acknowledged privately that he regretted closing it. Despite fierce community opposition