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June 2013

Four signs it may be time to find a new Doc

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Ever feel like you are explaining something to your doctor that you feel is very important and they are not even fazed by your life threatening symptoms? Well, it may not be your imagination, they may truly be burnt out or suffering from exhaustion and depression. According to a new study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, half, that is right HALF of United States physicians experience symptoms of burnout! The four questions listed below can help you see whether your Medical Doctor should stay or go!  1. Does he or she pay attention? Body language can inform you if he or she is all there; looking up, nodding, and maintaining eye contact should all be done. No matter if the appointment is 7 minuets or 30 minuets, you should not feel rushed or feel your concerns do not matter. There is nothing better than going in for an appointment and…

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Medicare’s new Durable Medical Equipment rules

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Starting July 1st, 2013, the greater Saint Louis area is now part of Medicare’s new competitive bidding program for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). This program should help lower the cost that Medicare pays for supplies like oxygen, CPAP machines, diabetic testing supplies, and much more. What does this program do? This program requires suppliers of Medical equipment to submit blind bids on Medicare covered equipment rather than paying a higher inflated price. Medicare will then use these lower priced bids to set costs on what it will pay which will help the Original Medicare program save money over time. How will this program affect me? If you do not currently use any equipment, than you will not see any change at all. If you currently rent, own, or need Durable Medical Equipment, you may see your current provider discontinue their services, requiring you to find a…

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Healthcare reform and the Olympics share a common theme

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Starting in 2014, the Health Care Reform will roll out new plans with a simpler theme and easier to understand benefits.  Each offering will follow the Bronze, Silver, and Gold theme of the Olympics with one additional metal being the highest level, Platinum. Here is a breakdown: Bronze- Lowest monthly premium, on average should cover about 60% of a person’s total health costs. Silver – Still a low premium, should cover about 70% of a person’s total health costs. Gold – Higher premium, should cover about 80% of a person’s total health costs. Platinum – Highest premium, should cover about 90% of a person’s total health costs. While the metal designation is designed to identify different plans, it is important to note that this is just an outline.  Generally, bronze plans should have the lowest premium and platinum the highest, but prices and deductible amounts will vary widely.  Bronze plans…

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