Air Ambulance: Average Cost of a Trip and Balance Billing

Sometimes patients need to be transported via air lift to the most appropriate hospital. GAO (Government Accounting Office) recently released a study of more than 20,000 air ambulance trips from [...]


Massachusetts Hospital Readmissions

Compare hospitals in MA on readmission rates. Latest available results are for state fiscal year 2017, when it averaged 16.1% statewide. Most readmissions occurred within two weeks of the [...]


American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

How good is broadband internet coverage, across the US?  While urban populations fare well in access to basic fixed terrestrial (as opposed to mobile) service speeds of 25 MBPS/3Mbps, rural [...]


Digital Nation Data Explorer

Useful map of United States showing how people access the internet, and what they use it for.  Some health-related questions. Data to 2017 (health information questions only to 2015). Provided by [...]


Common Acronyms in Health Care

If you have wondered what QIO, ADC, ADE, CARF, TJC or a host of other acronyms are in your healthcare management or board work, this list will help. Eight pages, prepared by The Joint Commission, [...]


Addiction – Guide to Finding Quality Treatment

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) outlines how to find a quality provider for addiction treatment. In addition to providing the link to treatment centers, it [...]


Working Mother 100 Best Companies to Work For

Working Mother magazine lists hospitals and health insurance companies among its top 100 for companies that support parent employees. Categories rated included Representation, parental leave [...]


Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with a Pap test in women ages 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with [...]


How Fast Is the Hospital ER Near Me?

Speed is probably the first thing you think of, if you need an Emergency Room. Should consumers be concerned about waiting time at their nearby hospital’s Emergency Department?  Check the [...]


J.D. Power – 2018 Medicare Advantage Plan Ratings – consumer opinions

J.D. Power and Associates selected Kaiser Permanente as its top Medicare Advantage plan for 2018, the only plan to get a 5-star rating. Highmark came in second with 4 stars. Other plans compared [...]