Surgery Center Blog

Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 3

Jordan Hackworth 11/23/2017

This is part 3 of 3. Part one & Part two cover cool stuff too, in case you missed them. We’ve been talking about how big money has co-opted our health system in many real, sad ways. There are some healthcare groups, like ours, who see what is happening to our fellow Virginians as a tragedy.  Monticello Community Surgery Center is working hard to change health care by delivering a rational, honest approach that values transparency.… Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 3

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Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 2

Jordan Hackworth 11/23/2017

At Monticello Community Surgery Center we are fighting for health care reform. In part, that means explaining the current system so informed stake holders can make good decisions, starting right at home. See Part 1 for a discussion of cost-sharing plans, direct primary care and the importance of price transparency. This is Part 2. There is a Part 3. Costs are going up. Again. Way, way up. Why? What can we do? Many insurance plans… Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 2

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Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 1

Jordan Hackworth 11/23/2017

The past week has been hard.  Many families have seen insurance rates jump to over $4000 a month.  The desperation, exasperation and fear from friends and colleagues have been hard to stomach.  Why?  Because this is a system that was designed to keep us healthy and has morphed into one willing to bankrupt our neighbors for the sake of a higher profit margin.  At the same time, there is uncertainty about who to blame and… Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 1

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Healthcare Independents Are Saving Patients Millions While Improving Outcomes, Satisfaction

Jordan Hackworth 08/04/2017

Independent Surgery Centers Save Patients Millions, Could Save More if Patients Are Aware of the Differences By: Andrew Poole, FACHE CEO, Monticello Community Surgery Center Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are specialized facilities that offer surgical services at dramatically lower prices, improved outcomes and higher satisfaction scores than traditional hospitals. We’ll illustrate how they do this and show where significant additional savings opportunities exist for the Commonwealth by discussing an innovative ASC in Charlottesville — the Monticello… Healthcare Independents Are Saving Patients Millions While Improving Outcomes, Satisfaction

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New Bipartisan Deal Allows Drug Companies to Reap Huge Benefits

Jordan Hackworth 04/19/2017

What could possibly bring a deeply divided congress together? How about protecting the ability of drug companies to gouge Americans who buy prescription drugs? You got it! And they just did exactly that! Last Friday, House and Senate leaders announced a bipartisan agreement to extend the FDA’s ability to collect sky-high user fees from drug companies and medical device manufacturers.  The drug and device companies are strongly in favor of the program and have lobbied… New Bipartisan Deal Allows Drug Companies to Reap Huge Benefits

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Not Good: Deductibles are skyrocketing again next year. Here’s how to beat a rigged system.

Jordan Hackworth 12/02/2016

Last week saw yet another study stating things no one will be surprised to hear —  Out-of-pocket health care expenses for Americans are exploding.  Shifting more and more costs to consumers is the next step as we continue to ineffectively deal with the health care crisis.. Almost all Americans (81%) now face a deductible, and they are rising faster than ever. If you find yourself in that situation, what can you do? For starters, don’t throw away… Not Good: Deductibles are skyrocketing again next year. Here’s how to beat a rigged system.

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Consumers fight back against ever-rising health costs

Jordan Hackworth 10/04/2016

Good news for folks looking for better value in healthcare! A large survey released by UnitedHealth last week reported that the number of people who comparison shop for health care has more than doubled in the last 4 years (from 14% in 2012 to 32% in 2016). It’s a small step, but it’s important and promising.  More of us need to demand prices for health services, before they are rendered. Believe it or not, asking… Consumers fight back against ever-rising health costs

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What Makes MCSC Charlottesville’s Premier Surgical Center?

Jordan Hackworth 08/17/2016

Unparalleled Safety – We take pride in putting safety before every other consideration. From making sure we hire only the highest quality, well-trained staff to adhering rigorously to federal and national safety standards, we strive to make your experience as safe as possible. To maintain the highest levels of readiness for unusual or unanticipated events, we are constantly evaluating our emergency readiness, conducting numerous ongoing in house drills and maintaining active ACLS and PALs certifications… What Makes MCSC Charlottesville’s Premier Surgical Center?

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Monticello Community Surgery Center Hires CEO

Jordan Hackworth 07/26/2016

Charlottesville, VA (July 9th, 2016) Monticello Community Surgery Center’s (MCSC) Board of Managers today announced they have unanimously chosen M. Andy Poole as the center’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Poole is a seasoned healthcare executive with a rich background in successful healthcare administration. As a lifelong Virginian, he also brings an understanding of our local community and its needs. He explained, “As someone who has grown up in Central Virginia and worked in the… Monticello Community Surgery Center Hires CEO

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A patient shares her recent surgery experience

Jordan Hackworth 06/21/2016

Surgery can be incredibly stressful. That’s why we designed our new center from a patient’s perspective, doing everything we could to ensure privacy and comfort throughout the entire process. Patients have noticed! We were heartened to receive this wonderful note from a recently satisfied patient: “From the time I arrived at Monticello Community Surgery Center, to the time I left, the care and attention I received from Dr. Stewart, Dr. Leisure, nurses and staff was… A patient shares her recent surgery experience

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