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 2Read More Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 2
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 1Read More Charlottesville Insurance Crisis Tips, PART 1
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, SatisfactionRead More Healthcare Independents Are Saving Patients Millions While Improving Outcomes, Satisfaction
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.Read More Not Good: Deductibles are skyrocketing again next year. Here’s how to beat a rigged system.