A few items of interest for today:
I’m paying doctor bills today – nothing serious, just routine stuff. One practice seems to have taken the position of not taking calls in the business office – the last several times I have called to make a payment, they were never there. Coincidence? On purpose? Maybe I’ll be around when they call, maybe I’ll be driving and won’t be able to deal with the call. Their problem, not mine.
When someone offers to pay you……take the money!
My favorite is still a local anesthesiology group who doesn’t take credit cards for payment. That one still gets me.
Breaking with its long time behavior, Wal-mart will be offering its employees health insurance that actually means something. According to
- A choice between four annual deductibles: $350, $500, $1,000 or $2,000, a change from this year when plans had annual deductibles of $1,000 or $2,000. The amount paid by workers for monthly premiums increases as the deductible goes down.
- To offset those deductibles, employees can choose between $100, $250 or $500 “credits” Wal-Mart will pay for medical care before the worker pays the deductible. The higher the credit, the higher the premium.
- Co-payments of $4 for 2,400 generic drugs.
- No lifetime maximum on most plans for the amount the insurer will pay toward catastrophic medical needs. The maximum workers would pay each year, after their deductibles, toward medical costs would be capped at $2,000 or $5,000.
The best summary of this major development is from the Kaiser Daily Report. This is a very big step for a company which once seriously considered taking active steps to avoid hiring people who might use healthcare service.
Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), an Orangeburg, NY based company that says it is the leader in wet wipe infection prevention, education and patient care, has announced the formation of a new program aimed at assisting hospitals to comply with hand and surface sanitization in an effort to reduce the spread of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Dubbed “The PIT Crew, short for, “Preventing Infections Together”, The program takes a multidisciplinary approach to preventing the spread of infections in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. At each location, PDI will work with staff members to educate and train employees in the latest products and techniques in infection prevention, disinfection, hand hygiene and skin antisepsis. The PIT Crew program works by assigning a PIT Crew Captain at each location who will facilitate training.
PDI will provide the tools and educational materials needed. A basic overview of the program is available by logging on to the Professional Disposables International, Inc website. An interesting concept – catchy, if nothing else. May it will help people to wash their hands.
Have a good weekend!