When Your Doctor Is Also A Lobbyist: Inside The War Over Surprise Medical Bills
By Rachana Pradhan for Kaiser Health News When Carol Pak-Teng, an emergency room doctor in New Jersey, hosted a fundraiser in December for Democratic freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, her guests, mostly doctors, were pleased when she steered the conversation to surprise medical bills.
New Year, Same Price Hikes From Big Pharma
When people talk about growth and change in the new year, this isn’t exactly what they had in mind. In an update that shouldn’t come as much of a shock, pharmaceutical manufacturers rang in 2020 by raising the sticker prices on hundreds of drugs. According to a recent report by Axios, the good news—if you can call it that—is that most of the increases came in at under 10%.
Project HOPE Study Puts Spotlight on Surprise Bills
The concept of surprise billing, or a patient receiving a bill from an out-of-network provider in an in-network facility, is hardly a new concept. In fact, if it feels like you’ve been hearing about us fighting this battle for years, that’s because we have.
Round-up of Top Stories From The Latest Session
It’s been weeks since the ball dropped, the calendar flipped, and the local gyms received an influx of new fitness enthusiasts hoping to make good on that New Year’s resolution (you got this, friends!).
Volunteering for the Holidays Across North Carolina
For years, the saying “it’s better to give than to receive” has punctuated the holiday season, pushing a message of selflessness in a time when it’s easy for us to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in our own material things. But in 2010, science proved that the saying is more than just a catchphrase. It turns out that one’s sense of happiness is greater when they spend relatively more on others than on themselves.
AHIP: Federal Legislation Necessary to Curb Surprise Billing
Cuts, slips, falls, chest pains, difficulty breathing, car accidents, and migraines are just a few of the most cited causes for visits to the emergency room. In total, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans make about 137 million visits to the ER each year. If you find that stat staggering, you might want to sit down for the next one.