Category: Healthcare

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Max isn’t in the habit of diving too deep into legislation. I normally would leave that interpretation to the experts and let them spell it out for me. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures so I am going to take a stab at it. This is probably a good time to remind everyone that I am not an attorney. That said, I have watched A Few Good Men on more than one occasion....

COVID-19: A Tsunami of Out-of-Pocket Costs?

Look, I get it. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, no one really wants to worry about out-of-pocket costs associated with the pandemic. Our focus needs to be on flattening the projected curve of the outbreak so the healthcare system doesn’t get overwhelmed. There isn’t a ton of use for hospital bean counters like me at times like this. So I am doing my best to just stay out of the way. But I...

COVID-19: Out-of-Pocket Costs? For Labs, not so much.

I have to say, I am surprised by what I am seeing with the COVID-19 progression over the last few weeks. Max is generally pretty even-keeled about things like this. As such, I have been in the “hey, aren’t we overreacting a bit here?” camp for a while now. But the changes over the last few days have certainly gotten my full attention. For me, the global response over the last week has been both...

How Much Should A Lipid Panel Cost?

We now know that many of us with private health insurance plans are entitled to a free cholesterol screening. The Affordable Care Act mandates it with no out-of-pocket costs if we meet certain criteria. But what if we don’t fit into that criteria or our insurance company decides we need to pay for one? If we aren’t high risk or under the age of 35, that just might happen. But how much should a lipid...

Preventive vs. Preventative Care – The Final Battle

Preventive care or Preventative care? Max OOP is far from a grammar king. I can barely construct a sentence without completely missing words or having extra words that aren’t even needed. It was one of my barriers to entry to this questionable blogging career. I probably regularly get judged for it in my corporate emails, but at least it has never come up on an annual performance review. But my grammar deficiencies are not enough...