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CONSUMER HEALTH CARE NEWS YOU CAN USE (10/12/18)

By: Randy S. Gerber, Esq., Founder of Pacient.care

GAG ME NO MORE: (Gag clauses now illegal).

What happens when the cash price for your prescriptions costs less than your deductible?  Usually nothing because your pharmacist couldn't share this information with you because of so called "gag clauses".  Earlier this week Congress passed a law that makes these "gag clauses" illegal.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that the law doesn't require the pharmacist to tell you, so you have to ask.  So speak up and save some money!

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU: PHARMACY AND INSURANCE COMPANY: (CVS/Aetna merger closer to approval).

The CVS/Aetna merger took a major step forward this week by receiving Department of Justice approval.  Why should you care about this $69 billion merger?  Because each company promised to improve the customer experience by delivering less expensive health care.   Look for your pharmacist to take a more active role in helping to reduce your medical costs.  Keep an eye on what this merger can mean for you in the way you receive care.

WHAT! ME WAIT FOR A DOCTOR-I DON'T THINK SO:  (Millennials Shun Primary Care Doctors).

45% of millennials (born between 1981-1996) don't have a regular doctor, so says a recent national poll.  Where are they getting care?  Urgent care clinics and retail clinics among other places.  Reasons for the move in this direction?  Cheaper, faster and more transparent care. Who could argue with that!

TO GUARD AGAINST THE UNFORESEEN, TIME TO CONSIDER THESE VACCINES (HPV and FLU Vaccines)

 The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine is now approved for people over 45.  The HPV virus can lead to cervical cancer.  It was previously recommended for preteens and young adults.

And speaking of vaccines, it's time to get your flu shot (recommended by October 31).  Unless you're one of these folks who believe:  "The virus never works"; "I'm too healthy"; I'm too young"; "I never get the flu".  While the vaccine is never perfect, the flu can be deadly particularly among the young and elderly.

REHAB FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS NEAR END-OF-LIFE?  WHO BENEFITS OTHER THAN THE NURSING HOME?

9 to 12 hours of rehab therapy per week for nursing home residents near the end of their lives has increased 65% since 2012, according to a new study.  This therapy is highly lucrative for the nursing home but its benefit to the resident is questionable.  As a consumer of health care, always ask about the effectiveness of the treatment and whether it is necessary.  Never hurts to follow the money.

If you need further information, feel free to email me with any questions or comments.  rgerber@pacient.care  

 

 

 

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