5 Examples of How Social Determinants of Health are Being Used to Improve Wellbeing

“Social determinants of health” (SDoH) are much discussed in medical facilities and managed care companies these days. According to Healthy People 2020, SDoH are “the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age, which affect one’s health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes.” Highly-cited statistics state that SDoH impact up to 90…

How Much Will Medical and Drug Price Transparency Help?

The truth is that there is no clear and concise way to explain how hospitals determine prices and negotiate with individual insurance companies. What you end up paying out of pocket has little to do with the price hospitals charge your insurer and more to do with how your insurance plan is built. For example,…

Making Sense of Medicare

Medicare is extraordinarily complex, and the rules seem to change all of the time. However, learning to make smart choices can save individuals a lot of money and unnecessary stress and mean better healthcare in some circumstances. This newsletter covers basic information regarding Medicare options; for more in-depth knowledge, I recommend the following websites: http://www.MEDICARE.gov…

Free Handout: Understanding Health Insurance

 More than 50% of Americans are unable to understand the complicated materials provided by insurers and the medical explanations offered by healthcare professionals. When people avoid medical care because they don’t know why it’s needed or are fearful of the potential costs, their delay in care leads to the development and exacerbation of chronic conditions. This…