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How Much Does an ER Visit Cost?

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Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices

Report from the US Dept. of HHS outlines recommended cybersecurity practices to manage threats from cyberattacks and to protect patients. The 2018 IBM Security and Ponemon Institute study [...]

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Average 2018 Premium on the Health Insurance Exchange (Feb. 2018)

On average, individual premiums were under $600 per month for a plan on the health insurance exchange, as of February 2018. Across all states, the average premium was $597 for the plans selected [...]

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Medicare Hospital Fund Runs Out in 2026

The future of Medicare just got worse. The annual Medicare Board of Trustees sent its 2018 report to Congress last month. It was not a pretty picture. Overall, the Medicare program took in $705 [...]

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Washington State Ratings for Hospital Value

Washington Health Alliance’s 2018 Hospital Value Report lets consumers compare hospitals on three key elements of value: quality, patient experience and price. Online tool lets consumers compare [...]

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Harris Poll: Doctor Visit Satisfaction (2015)

On their most recent visit to a health care provider, 88% said they were satisfied with the experience. This compares to 91% satisfied with their last visit to a restaurant, for example, 63% [...]

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Gallup Poll – Confidence in Healthcare 2017

Gallup Poll found 37% of people had a Great Deal or Quite a Lot of confidence in the medical system in 2017. This compares to high confidence levels for the military (72%), small business (70%) [...]

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Time to Improve Mental Health Care

The case of 17-year old Jordan “Jordie” Binion highlighted once again the heartbreak of mental health care in the US. This week, NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden interviewed the young man’s parents, [...]

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Compare Countries on Healthcare (2018)

In-depth study of US and 10 other highest-income countries (UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark). Both costs and factors such as health [...]

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Better, Safer Healthcare: Take the Pledge

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Part of me delights in the idea of championing better, safer healthcare. It’s a time to celebrate the improvements made over the past ten to [...]