Are plastic surgeons doing too many “Medicare” eyelid lifts?

ShareAccording to an article by Joe Eaton and David Donald on the Center for Public Integrity website, “from 2001 to 2011, eyelid lifts charged to Medicare more than tripled to 136,000 annually.” Physician billing data by the Center for Public … Continue reading

Why do patients continue to go to the ER for their primary care?

ShareJust recently, Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA, the “charity hospital” of Baton Rouge for the under and uninsured, closed. In a very coordinated and labor intensive transition orchestrated by Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, the patients … Continue reading

The Cost of Cosmetic Surgery…but more informative!

ShareSo I’m looking at a weekly email that I receive which highlights new articles in the media pertaining to plastic surgery. As a plastic surgeon, it’s natural for me to want to stay up to date on the latest developments. … Continue reading

See, not all plastic surgeons are superficial!

ShareWith so many stories about butt implants and Plastic Surgery Wives, it’s easy to confuse the shenanigans of “cosmetic surgeons” that aren’t actually trained plastic surgeons and miss out on the less glamorous reconstructive efforts by many board certified plastic … Continue reading

What Hospital’s Charge vs What They Get Paid: A Health Care Blame Game

ShareA recent article by the Washington Post found here, discusses a new era in price transparency at first glance. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Federal agency that pays hospitals and doctors for services rendered to patients, released the … Continue reading

Plastic Surgery Financing [Infographic]

ShareA not-so-recent survey (2005) about the “wealth” of consumers undergoing cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX®Cosmetic or cosmetic surgery like breast augmentation, showed that they aren’t in actuality, very wealthy. So how do patients afford plastic surgery – with plastic surgery … Continue reading