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New rules could force hospitals to publish prices negotiated with insurers

Original post made on Aug 7, 2019

Federal regulators want to give patients a clearer picture of what they will spend during a hospital visit, with a more accurate list of costs for everything from hip replacements to CT scans.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:07 AM

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Posted by Patient
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

If you can't gouge the sick and the injured, whom can you gouge?
What is a billion dollar institution to do?


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 7, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

PAMF has a list in their business office of the insurance companies that they have negotiated contracts with. At certain junctures the insurance that my company was using was not on their list because they disagreed on prices. However now I am in the "Medicare" group in which the prices for certain actions are dictated by the government. Once a year visit, shots dictated by the government that you need to do - flu, etc. My regular doctor told me that I would only see her once a year, period.
Getting old is not good.


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Posted by Head Case
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Does Medicare cover the opportunity to meet with a licensed psychologist to discuss personal 'issues' (i.e. dealing with toxic family members & related problems)?

I am unclear on the 'Out of Network' designation for some services.

There are some very cool therapists in SoCal but they are kind of expensive.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later -- I think that I agree with something that the Trump Administration is pushing for. I quoted this article in another thread (sorry) but, this article gives general information, and, an anecdotal example, regarding this issue. A very enlightening read. Web Link


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