The Rise of Unexpected Medical Costs and the Impact on American Families

It’s unfortunately not uncommon for Americans to incur unexpected medical expenses and receive subsequent unplanned medical bills. Especially in emergency situations, consumers often receive treatment without knowing the true out-of-pocket cost to them. Getting clarity on healthcare costs through requesting itemized billing is something the Wall Street Journal recommends [1]. But even then, consumers can be left confused and frustrated with hefty, unanticipated medical bills. In 2015, Consumer Reports found that 30% of privately-insured Americans… Read More →

BridgeHealth Adds New Marketing Leadership

(DENVER, Colorado) – Representatives of BridgeHealth, Inc. (“BridgeHealth”), the country’s leader in lower cost, high quality, bundled surgical case rate benefit plans, announced the addition of Laura Casanova as its new Director of Marketing & Communications. Casanova joined BridgeHealth on August 31, 2016, and will lead the planning, development, and implementation of all marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities. BridgeHealth is a bundled medical services benefit management company that offers a suite of… Read More →

Getting Clarity on Surgical Costs

Healthcare costs can be confusing with a traditional health plan. Pricing practices from healthcare providers fluctuates frequently. Hospitals often bill different insurance payers varying prices for the same services. In some cases, insured patients receive a higher bill to subsidize the gaps left by uninsured patients. Other times, a specific provider’s cost can simply vary drastically from other providers performing the same procedures and services [1]. For inpatient surgical procedures, it’s not uncommon for a… Read More →

Americans Concerned About Rising Healthcare Costs

According to a recent survey from TransUnion Healthcare, approximately 76% of consumers are concerned about health insurance costs increasing. More than half (57.9%) of the people surveyed said the rising costs associated with health insurance have already added strain on their finances [1]. The costs associated with healthcare in the United States continue to affect families and businesses alike. For years, medical expenses and the cost of health insurance have steadily increased [2]. However, some… Read More →

Selecting a Top-Quality Provider is More Important Than Ever

It’s wise to always choose a medical provider that will provide the best results. Enlisting a top-rated provider will save patients time and, perhaps surprisingly, money. With the cost of healthcare as high as it is, one might assume that this also means the quality of the healthcare is also high. However, this commonly isn’t the case. A large amount of medical expense is not necessarily proportionate to the quality of care that will be… Read More →

Healthcare Costs and Bundled Pricing

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer healthcare inflation averaged only 2.7% in 2015, significantly less than its rate of 4.7% during the second half of 2007[1].  Although still on pace to stay ahead of inflation, the rate at which healthcare costs are increasing is projected to slow even further in 2016. Consumer spending, combined employer- and government-sponsored healthcare spending, saw a 6.8% increase in 2015, compared to just 11.9% in 2007, according to a… Read More →

Runaway Healthcare Expenditures

While most people’s wages are growing at a glacial pace, medical expenditures continue their meteoric rise.  No one can deny that skyrocketing healthcare costs are getting ridiculous for nearly everyone in the United States.  Unfortunately, this trend is not set to change anytime soon. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, national health expenditures totaled over $1.3 trillion in the year 2000.  By 2013, this figure was $2.9 trillion.  It took less… Read More →

The True Cost of Surgical Procedures

In the United States, healthcare costs are much higher than those in other developed countries, and it has been this way for quite some time.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily equate to superior health or even a higher standard of care [1].  While Americans typically pay significantly more, their healthcare is often no better than that of people in other countries.  It seems you don’t always get what you pay for.   Historically, a major factor… Read More →

Poor Surgical Quality: Who Pays for the Consequences?

When comparing the quality of healthcare with other developed countries, the system in the United States is known to fall short. In fact, a 2014 international study compared 11 nations, including the US, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and others, on healthcare quality, and sure enough the U.S. healthcare ranked last among the wealthy countries.[1] Some health status measures, such as life expectancy and mortality, can have a misleading effect on the overall effectiveness of health… Read More →

The Ins and Outs of Hospital Acquired Infections

Live long enough, and you’re more likely than not to require a surgical procedure. You’ve probably been experiencing pain, going to the doctor, missing out on life activities. But you and your physician have made a decision, you’re going to go ahead with the surgery. Now you’ve selected your surgeon, made arrangements with your employer, your family, and maybe even started planning out your rehab and recovery activities. You feel good about your preparations, and… Read More →