Hospital ‘facility fees’ add to ballooning costs of health care for consumers

DIS shares this story about ballooning health care costs in the state of Vermont, with one reason being: The root of these increases are controversial charges known as “facility fees,” and they are routinely tacked on to patients’ bills not just for services actually provided in hospitals, but also by outpatient care centers and doctors’ offices simply because they’ve been purchased by … Read More

Cost vs. convenience: What if you could have both?

Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. If you have ever had an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, you are well aware of the expense involved. However, choosing to get your scans done outside of a hospital could save you big bucks. Hospital radiology departments can … Read More

Prices for over 70 medical procedures are now online

Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. But an online tool that went live in February is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country a small peek at the prices of medical tests and … Read More

Employer health plan deductibles see big 5-year jump

DIS shares a USA Today news story from September on a report that indicates health insurance deductibles taking a huge jump as we head into 2015. Premiums for employer-paid insurance are up 3% this year, but deductibles are up nearly 50% since 2009, the report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows. The average deductible this year is $1,217, up from … Read More

High health plan deductibles weigh down more employees

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news story about the continuing rise in popularity of high deductible health insurance plans. As quoted in the story, “You can’t sugarcoat this. This is a more challenging situation for consumers and it’s a reflection of how difficult it is to afford health care.” Next year, nearly a third of large employers will offer only high-deductible … Read More

Share your experiences with the Affordable Care Act

This year, many Americans have signed up for health insurance through the federal or state marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times and its journalists covering the law would like to hear from people who have this new insurance and whether they are finding it affordable. Click here to participate in this survey.    

One question could save thousands of dollars

Health care costs and the concerns by both patients and physicians alike are becoming more commonplace as more information comes out about the expense of services, including pharmaceuticals. With new cancer drugs priced as high as $10,000 a month and more, and insurers tightening payment rules, patients who thought they were well covered increasingly find themselves having to make life-altering … Read More

Ways to save on health care costs

As health care consumers endure higher deductibles and reduced insurance benefits, it is becoming more important to understand and even negotiate prices before receiving medical treatment. Dr. Kathryn Stewart, medical director of care management at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, believes that patients can and should be more proactive about seeking the best prices for their services. “Hospital costs are … Read More

Why say YES to DIS?

Five centers, more than any other New Orleans area outpatient imaging organization. Exam prices that are far less than southeast Louisiana hospital imaging centers. Flexible payment terms and options for those with costs not covered by insurance. Self-pay pricing for people without health insurance coverage. Home of the patient-friendly open MRI, the best solution for those who are claustrophobic. Bottom … Read More

Placing odds on your health (and Its cost)

What is the chance that you will rack up big health care bills in 2014? For the typical American adult under 65 who does not have health insurance, the total of all health care bills would be $2,700. That’s according to calculations by Milliman, an actuarial firm. To read the entire story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/business/placing-odds-on-your-health-and-its-cost.html?_r=0#!.

Drug company says it will stop paying doctors to promote drugs

from the Newe York Times, published December 17, 2013: December 16, 2013 — The British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will no longer pay doctors to promote its products and will stop tying compensation of sales representatives to the number of prescriptions doctors write, its chief executive said Monday, effectively ending two common industry practices that critics have long assailed as troublesome … Read More

States losing billions in refusing to expand Medicaid, report finds

Texas will lose $9.2 billion in 2022; Florida says goodbye to $5 billion; Georgia is out $4.9 billion. A new report details just how much states are losing because they don’t want to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and it’s not chump change. Red states may be sticking to their Republican beliefs in small government, but the Commonwealth Fund finds they … Read More

U.S. health care lags behind other affluent countries, study finds

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) — American adults are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to go without health care due to cost, or to have trouble paying their medical bills, a new study finds. The study, from independent think tank The Commonwealth Fund, also found more Americans complaining of hassles over health insurance disputes and … Read More

If caught between the hospital-insurance crossfire…

When you’re in recovery from a hospital visit — whether it’s a major surgery, a visit to the emergency room or just a routine procedure — the last thing you want to worry about is paying your medical bills. Although the doctors may have stitched you up, sometimes they don’t quite stick to procedure when it comes to filing your … Read More

An overview of what people are recommended to know about ACA rollout

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News President Barack Obama says no one is more upset than he is with the glitches that have hampered open-enrollment in the Affordable Care Act — but some Americans who have tried time after time to sign up might disagree. Three weeks into a six-month signup period, the federal website created to allow the … Read More

Prices set for new health care exchanges

By Louise Radnofsky | The Wall Street Journal — U.S. officials for the first time disclosed insurance prices that will be offered through new federally run health-care exchanges starting Oct. 1, showing that young, healthy buyers likely will pay more than they do currently while older, sicker consumers should get a break. The plans, offered under the health-care overhaul to people who don’t get … Read More

Early cancer signs men may be ignoring

There are some important early warning signs of cancer that young men often overlook. These include the obvious like lumps or growths but also include recurring fevers and discoloration under the nail bed. Early detection of these symptoms can help lead to early diagnosis. To view the report, visit http://screen.yahoo.com/early-cancer-signs-men-may-040000756.html  

Need to see the doctor? You may have company on your next visit…

Shared medical appointments, or group visits, are becoming a popular — and possibly more satisfying — way to see the doctor. But they do require divulging and discussing private medical information in front of strangers (albeit ones who have signed waivers not to talk about other patients’ medical histories outside of the visit). And while that makes some people understandably … Read More

New Health-Care Law’s Success Rests on the Young

By Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky | The Wall Street Journal PORTLAND, Ore.—The success of the new health-care law rides in large measure on whether young, healthy people like Gabe Meiffren, a cook at a Korean-Hawaiian food cart, decide to give up a chunk of disposable income to pay for insurance. After getting a peek at rates being offered for fall, the 25-year-old … Read More

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Better than mammography? CT lung screening is cost-effective

By Brian Casey, AuntMinnie.com staff writer June 25, 2013 — The economics of CT lung cancer screening measure up to other population-based screening programs such as mammography in terms of cost-effectiveness, according to an analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) that was presented on Monday at a U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) meeting. This follow-up analysis … Read More

Millions can’t afford to go to the doctor

The number of working-age adults in 2012 who skipped needed care because of cost: Did not visit a doctor: 53 million Did not fill a prescription: 50 million Skipped recommended care: 49 million Some 80 million people, around 43% of America’s working-age adults, didn’t go to the doctor or access other medical services last year because of the cost, according … Read More

President’s 2014 budget takes on self-referral

April 11, 2013 — In its 2014 budget plan released April 10, the Obama administration has directly targeted self-referral, proposing that certain imaging services be excluded from the in-office ancillary services exception to the federal Stark law. Not only does the proposal address self-referral directly for the first time, it quantifies the savings that would be gained by closing this loophole … Read More

The Obamacare Revolt: Will it make a difference?

D.I.S. shares an article on a look at “what it would be like to go to the doctor without massive government interference in health care” through the eyes of one Kansas physician. http://reason.com/archives/2013/03/13/the-obamacare-revolt-physician-fight-bac?goback=%2Egde_966657_member_223251911  

DIS enters our 40th year of service to area communities

In recognition of Diagnostic Imaging Services beginning its 40th year of providing outpatient imaging service to people in the communities surrounding New Orleans, we’d like to unveil a logo which we will use in 2013 to highlight this accomplishment. No other outpatient imaging provider has served this area longer than DIS. It is a tribute to the hardworking, talented and … Read More

More Health-Law Changes Coming in 2013

Most of the really big changes—including health-insurance exchanges and tax credits to help people buy coverage—aren’t coming into play until 2014. Still, the provisions going into effect in 2013, along with those that have already been introduced, can affect any changes you might want to make to your health coverage. Next year will see some of the many significant changes … Read More

Self-referral by physicians boosts Medicare imaging costs: GAO

October 31, 2012 — It’s estimated that in 2010, providers who self-referred patients for advanced imaging made about 400,000 more referrals than they would have had they not had a financial interest in the imaging equipment and that these referrals cost the Medicare system an additional $109 million, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report was requested … Read More