Consumer Health Ratings Your Guide to Quality and Cost
- Who is Most At Risk for a Bad Case of Coronavirus?by Gretchen Dahlen on July 9, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Most people know by now that the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus rises with age. But is it only the elderly who are most at risk for a bad case of coronavirus? No, it’s not. Those […]
- Medicare Hospital Fund Runs Out in 2026 – Or Soonerby Gretchen Dahlen on April 24, 2020 at 1:23 am
The future of Medicare is still in jeopardy. The hospital fund, known as Part A Medicare, will be depleted by 2026 according to a new report. The annual Medicare Board of Trustees sent its 2020 […]
- Five Concepts to Fight Coronavirusby Gretchen Dahlen on April 18, 2020 at 10:57 pm
It’s hard to believe that less than six weeks have passed since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic. We have survived the shock of hospitals as war zones, a tent […]
- Consumer Health Ratings President and CEO Appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Councilby admin on April 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm
Gretchen M. Dahlen, president and chief executive officer of Consumer Health Ratings, has been named to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). New […]
- 2020 Health Insurance Cost and Quality Ratingsby Gretchen Dahlen on September 12, 2019 at 8:29 pm
Last year, health insurance for a single person in the US private sector cost $6,715 on average. Annual open enrollment is nearly here for 2020. Now is a good time to gather your research on both […]
- The $2 Million Drug: Rare Disease Drug Pricesby Gretchen Dahlen on August 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm
The $2 million wonder drug is called Zolgensma. It’s made for infants and kids up to age 2 who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The rare disease is inherited. The new gene therapy drug can […]
- Mourning Neil Armstrong: Healthcare’s Test Pilotby Gretchen Dahlen on July 31, 2019 at 3:17 am
We had just finished celebrating the 50-year anniversary of man’s landing on the moon. When abruptly, troubling news appeared that famed astronaut Neil Armstrong may have died from hospital […]
- How Fast Is the Hospital ER Near Me?by Gretchen Dahlen on February 9, 2019 at 11:26 pm
Speed is probably the first thing you think of, if you need an Emergency Room. Should consumers be concerned about ER waiting time at their nearby hospital’s Emergency Department? Check the […]
- Hacienda Board of Directors: Time to Leave?by Gretchen Dahlen on February 1, 2019 at 6:14 pm
Based on DNA evidence, a male LPN was arrested Jan. 23 and charged with sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult who resided at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. He allegedly raped and […]
- How Much Does an ER Visit Cost?by Gretchen Dahlen on January 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm
The short answer is a lot. The average cost for people visiting the Emergency Room in 2014 was $1533, up 7.7% from 2013. The median “typical” cost was $749 per person. If you bring that […]
Kaiser Health News
- Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Parity Rules During Pandemicby Emmarie Huetteman on April 30, 2021 at 2:01 pm
A report from the Government Accountability Office paints a picture of an already strained behavioral health system struggling after the pandemic struck to meet the treatment needs of millions of Americans with conditions like alcohol use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Big Investors Push Nursing Homes to Upgrade Care and Working Conditionsby Harris Meyer on April 27, 2021 at 9:00 am
Responsible for 34% of the nation’s covid death toll, nursing homes and long-term care facilities get slammed by their investors and are told to change.
- UVA Health Will Wipe Out Tens of Thousands of Lawsuits Against Patientsby Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News on April 20, 2021 at 9:00 am
The Virginia hospital giant had already stopped suing patients with less than $107,000 in household income.
- Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemiaby Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press and Lauren Weber and Hannah Recht on April 19, 2021 at 2:34 pm
El Congreso ha enviado miles de millones a los departamentos de salud para luchar contra covid. Pero históricamente, esta financiación se acaba cuando termina la emergencia sanitaria.
- Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Supportby Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press and Lauren Weber and Hannah Recht on April 19, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into public health since last year. While health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are grateful for the money, they worry it will soon dry up, just as it has after previous crises such as 9/11, SARS and Ebola. Meanwhile, they continue to cope with an exodus from the field amid political pressure and exhaustion that meant 1 in 6 Americans lost their local health department leader.