The bigger the hospital the higher the prices

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an opinion regarding hospital health care costs and sharing one particular reason: “Doctors are fleeing private practices for the security of hospitals, and the exodus will be a disaster for U.S. health care. The bigger hospitals get, the more they can jack up their prices—up to 44 percent higher according to one estimate.” DIS is an … Read More

They would not (or could not) tell you how much it would cost???

We share a question that was posed online in a health-related forum: “I just got an MRI (with contrast die) of my brain and my inner ear, what will it probably cost me? The procedure required two MRI technicians, 1 RN, and two Medical Doctors — time under the machine was 1 1/2 hours. — The Office manager would not tell … Read More

The mistake that can cost you up to 85% MORE for medical tests

Diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can be very expensive if you don’t have insurance. In fact, they can be expensive even if you DO have insurance, depending on your policy’s deductibles and co-pays. Most people don’t realize that the fees for these procedures can vary tremendously, depending on where they are performed. Many people use hospitals … Read More

Higher cost doesn’t always translate to higher quality

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a blog post about the payoff people can often, if not always, receive, when they do comparison shopping for medical exams such as MRI, CT or ultrasound tests. The quote above comes from a person from Aetna, a health insurance provider. In other areas of health care, it’s agreed that price shopping for something specialized such as a … Read More

DIS recognizes National Health Center Week

Throughout the week of August 9-15, 2015, Community Health Centers across Louisiana will celebrate National Health Center Week.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “America’s Health Centers:  Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future.” This week-long observance allows Louisiana’s Community Health Centers the opportunity to raise awareness about the crucial role they play in our state’s healthcare system and showcase their facilities to … Read More

What questions should you ask when evaluating health insurance plans?

Soon, if not already, many of you will be selecting your health insurance choice for 2015, a choice that impacts yourself as well as anyone else that will be included in the insurance plan. Insurance can be confusing no doubt about it. But DIs shares a short video that outlines five recommended questions to ask when evaluating plans. The future … Read More

Five unpleasant ways employers are cutting back on healthcare costs

The Affordable Care Act, perhaps better known as Obamacare, set in motion a series of changes that are drastically altering the health-services landscape. The law itself was designed for a few purposes. Primarily, it was enacted in order to reduce the amount of uninsured citizens in this country, and to help spread the cost of medical care across a greater … Read More

News report: “Get ready to pay more”

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report regarding the continuing trend moving into 2015 of employers shifting more of the financial responsibility for healthcare onto employees through high deductible health insurance plans. The “new” part to it? Getting people to be better healthcare consumers is going to be the “big push.” People need to be vigilant and more aware that … Read More

Hospital charges man nearly $9,000 to bandage cut finger

Even though this story is not local, it is another indication of the serious issues between medical providers and insurance companies. Obviously, the amount of money charged as quoted in this story would be considered outrageous by nearly everyone (except maybe the hospital in this story), but it illustrates that in emergency or urgent situations, people are at high risk … Read More

Three large insurers join forces for health care price transparency

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, will lead an industry effort to throw a spotlight on the prices paid for health-care services, making their costs available to consumers on the Internet. The effort, organized by a nonprofit called the Health Care Cost Institute, builds on steps the Obama administration has taken to shed light on prices charged … Read More

DIS welcomed by the Covington area business community

Courtesy of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, DIS was officially welcomed to the area by local officials and business leaders. DIS is very excited about continuing our level of excellence in patient care and physician service, with imaging studies that assist in arriving at an accurate diagnosis. All the while having costs and charges far less than northshore … Read More

Ways to cut your healthcare costs

Kiplinger shares ways that everyone can save on healthcare costs. No matter how you get your insurance — through your employer, from a state exchange, from an agent or directly from an insurance company — you’re paying a bigger share of your health-care costs than you used to. Higher premiums are only part of the picture. Deductibles are rising, provider … Read More

Your health insurance benefits: things you should know to save money

IF YOUR EXAM IS COVERED BY PRIVATE INSURANCE: To control costs, your insurer negotiates with imaging providers on your behalf for a “contracted rate.” The contracted rate is the maximum amount that an imaging provider can collect for a covered service, and is usually less than the standard charge. What is not widely known is that the contracted rate is … Read More

Arm yourself: know your CPT code

Arm yourself with an important piece of information for a medical service — the CPT code. With this code, you can contact multiple providers in order to better compare costs BEFORE you have any service done. Take control. It’s your money. It’s your health care. Say YES and spend LESS at DIS.

What did people think of their recent DIS patient experience?

We’d like to share a few responses from people who visited a DIS location recently and wanted to tell us what they thought of their time spent here: I wish you did blood work here. Easy in and out. Keep Kim – she was fantastic – and profession as well as personable. I had to ask if they could see … Read More

Secret pricing spikes US healthcare costs

Washington (AFP) – Secret pricing is making healthcare in the United States more expensive than ever, leading costs to triple in the past two decades, experts said Tuesday. Overall, US healthcare costs now account for nearly 18 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), twice the amount spent by Japan, Ireland and Sweden where people are generally healthier and live longer. … 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

In the case of Obamacare, no news isn’t good news

So far, seventeen states plus the District of Columbia have publicly released data on rates consumers will pay for policies offered on the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces, including eleven states operating their own exchanges and seven defaulting to a federally-facilitated exchange. California said premiums would increase, on average, by 26.5 percent, while Ohio quoted a 44 percent increase and New York … Read More

What did people think of their DIS visit in August?

I was out of town on the day of my tests and was going to be 30 minutes late for my appointment. I called and the staff couldn’t have been nicer.  They told me to take my time and be careful.  Thank you! Everyone is so polite and nice.  They put you at ease every time. They are very professional. … Read More

Americans don’t understand insurance, let alone Obamacare, research shows

Forbes — Steve Japsen, Contributor, August 10, 2013 With open enrollment for uninsured individuals to buy health coverage under the Affordable Care Act set to begin in less than two months, research is mounting that shows consumers don’t understand health insurance, let alone key aspects of the landmark health law. The studies are troubling, researchers say, particularly when there are … Read More

More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare

By Melinda Beck | The Wall Street Journal Fewer American doctors are treating patients enrolled in the Medicare health program for seniors, reflecting frustration with its payment rates and pushback against mounting rules, according to health experts. The number of doctors who opted out of Medicare last year, while a small proportion of the nation’s health professionals, nearly tripled from … Read More

Company ready to launch teddy bear that can take your blood pressure

Think Build-A-Bear meets medical monitor. Teddy the Guardian, the first smart toy with built-in medical sensors, is a stuffed animal made of organic materials that can measure a child’s vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and temperature, then send it to a mobile device. Read more: http://medcitynews.com/2013/07/first-medtech-smart-toy-set-to-launch/#ixzz2ZmAo4xVu.

What do people visiting DIS for the first time think of their experience?

Here are comments from people who came to DIS in May and June for the very first time, describing their overall experience: Everything was great. I will definitely return, if I have to have any further testing. I have had plenty of CT scans and this was the best yet.  Thank you. I was very nervous about getting an MRI … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services launches 3T MRI service

May 15, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – Being the imaging provider with the strongest truly open architecture magnet in Louisiana has become even more distinct with the installation of a cutting-edge 3T MRI system. This combination creates the only facility in the greater New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana area with ultra high field and a non claustrophobic MRI with a 1.2T … Read More

Cancer symptoms women are most likely to ignore

— Melanie Haiken, Caring.com senior editor Women can boost their chances for early detection by paying attention to their body’s signs. Routine tests like pap smears and mammograms are important, but don’t rely on tests alone to protect women from cancer. It’s just as important for them to listen to their body and notice anything that’s different, odd, or unexplainable. … Read More

Save yourself about 10 minutes!

People who have had an appointment scheduled for an imaging examination at DIS can now register online with us, avoiding the need to arrive approximately 10 minutes ahead of their test in order to complete our necessary paperwork. Follow this tutorial to see how simple and easy it is to register online with us IN ADVANCE of your visit. Register … Read More

Expected price of Obamacare mounts

With many Americans and businesses concerned about the impact of Obamacare, a new study from the country’s top group of financial risk analysts is providing fodder for those fears. Underlying claims costs — which form the basis for insurers’ health care coverage premiums — will jump by one-third across the U.S. after the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next … Read More

Don’t make this mistake

As we head into a new year, where health insurance deductibles reset to $0, DIS shares an interesting article regarding consumers saving “thousands” of dollars by going “independent.” Highlights include: You may be paying much more for… your outpatient medical tests than you need to—by as much as 85 percent; There is enormous variability in pricing for medical imaging tests, … Read More

Consumerism in health care: the doctor-patient paradigm has changed

DIS is providing excerpts from a news story published regarding evidence that “patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just as they would any other consumer choice.” For a long while, the doctor-patient paradigm has been one in which “doctor knows best.” But this framework has changed as patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just … Read More