HMOs & Managed Care

RFI - Patient Care Over Paperwork

RFI - Patient Care Over Paperwork

RFI - Patient Care Over Paperwork, submitted August 12, 2019: At the end of the day, we submit that your focus should be this: Give Doctors a Reason to Stay.

Health Plans Owning Doctors Is a Conflict of Interest—and Patients Pay the Price

Health Plans Owning Doctors Is a Conflict of Interest—and Patients Pay the Price

ST. PAUL, Minn.—What happens when a health plan purchases, runs or otherwise engages in the everyday operations of a hospital or clinic? It introduces a troubling conflict of interest between patients and their doctors, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

Congressional Attempt to End Surprise Medical Bills Will Socialize Doctors

Congressional Attempt to End Surprise Medical Bills Will Socialize Doctors

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Few would deny that surprise medical bills are a problem. Patients experience these shocks to their wallets when they visit a hospital or provider for a service or treatment they thought was “covered” by their insurance. Weeks later, they may receive a surprise medical bill with out-of-pocket costs totaling hundreds or even thousands of dollars. CCHF has sent a letter to President Trump telling him there's a better way than the price controls Congress proposes to impose on physicians.

Letter to President Trump Re: Surprise Medical Bills

Surprise Medical Bills Are Not the Problem— The Network Is

Surprise Medical Bills Are Not the Problem— The Network Is

ST. PAUL, Minn.—It’s an all-too-common problem many Americans have faced. 

Patients visit a hospital or provider for a service or treatment they thought was “covered” by their insurance, only to receive a surprise medical bill weeks later with out-of-pocket costs totaling hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

Twila Brase talks health care and 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' on Max & Kip Podcast

Twila Brase talks health care and 'Big Brother in the Exam Room' on Max & Kip Podcast

Listen to Twila Brase on the Max and Kip Podcast:  Are we actually talking about the right things that are broken in our healthcare system? Twila helps break down where the costs come from, how old decrees have laid the groundwork for our system, and what must be done to solve it.  They also discuss Twila’s new book, “Big Brother in the Exam Room” which exposes how HIPAA data is being weaponized against both the patient and the doctor from on high.

Independent Doctors in Naples, Florida, Being Forced Out of Hospitals

Independent Doctors in Naples, Florida, Being Forced Out of Hospitals

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Independent doctors in Naples, Florida, and their patients recently got an unwelcome holiday surprise. 

Prior Authorization Endangers Patients

Prior Authorization Endangers Patients

Why are health plans permitted to tell doctors how to practice medicine?  Have you questioned this dangerous assertion of corporate power over the physician, who has 11 to 15 years of training, or have you just accepted it?

The 22-Year HIPAA ‘Privacy’ Misnomer

The 22-Year HIPAA ‘Privacy’ Misnomer

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For more than two decades, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its federal rule have been touted as a way to keep patients’ personal medical information private. 

But HIPAA has been under a “privacy” misnomer for 22 years, and in fact, doesn’t protect patient privacy at all. 

Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Everything went smoothly at first. Ilan, the nine-year old son of American physician Benjamin Davies, MD, broke his arm on vacation in Italy. The local hospital x-rayed the arm, reduced the fractures of each bone and applied a cast. But the question of surgery could only be determined by driving to a bigger hospital 1.5 hours away.