Tagged: COVID-19

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. IV

Well, another work week in the new world of COVID-19 has come and gone. It’s a stressful time for everyone. I need to start this the same as I did last week by recognizing all of the first responders and frontline healthcare workers dealing with this crisis. This is going to get much harder before it gets easier. My health system is doing a great job preparing for a potential surge. I may get pulled...

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...