Minute Clinics coming soon to a CVS near you

"You’re sick.  We’re quick!"  That’s the MinuteClinic slogan.  And these clinics may soon be in a CVS drugstore or two near you.  The Boston Globe’s Liz Kowalczyk reports today that CVS filed a "template" clinic license application, with an eye to opening its first MinuteClinic in Weymouth.  If all goes according to plan, CVS will […]

Nursing facility rates proposed for FY 2008; thoughts on alternative care settings

CMS announced proposed nursing facility rates for FY 2008 yesterday.  The rule went on display and should be published in the Federal Register May 4.  The rule includes an increase of 3.3%, or $690 million, over 2007 rates. Massachusetts Medicaid rates for nursing facilities may be getting a bump up as well.  The Massachusetts House […]

Indiana insurer goes public with prices

The Indiana Blues are posting hospital pricing info for a few dozen procedures — story via iHealthBeat — and some area providers are posting total cost and out-of-pocket cost for some procedures as well. Paul Levy and Charlie Baker have had a little thrust-and-parry on this point over at Charlie’s blog.  Information in the hands […]

Blawg Review #106 and the pathology of motorcycle racing

Blawg Review #106 is up at Brett Trout’s Blawg IT, sporting a motorcycle racing theme.  The HealthBlawger knows some folks who view motorcyclists as nothing more than future organ donors.  The natural segue here . . . organ transplants may be covered by Medicare, the topic of the HealthBlawg post selected by Brett for inclusion […]

Consumers could use some guidance more than choice

In our society, we value choice very highly.  Sometimes, however, choice is not a universal good. A tip of the hat to Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters for linking to the California Health Care Foundation report on consumer choice in health care (both benefits side and services side), which concludes that the clutter of […]