Top 10 ways hospitals are not compliant with new CMS price transparency rules

It used to be a dream. But now, it’s reality! The new CMS price transparency rules went into effect on January 1st. And while these new rules were initiated by former President Trump, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are still charged with enforcing these new rules, even under a new Administration.   If you’re […]

Bae Break: The meaning behind “Board Certified” [video]

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 Greg: Hey, this is Greg from Big Bay Mornings on 99.7 NOW. And I’m here with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Bae. Hey, Dr. Bae. Dr. Bae: Hey, Greg. Glad to be here. Thanks for joining me for our second episode.   The origin of Dr. Bae Greg: I got a couple things I […]

Why a chatbot is my newest employee of the month!

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Chatbots are a type of chatbox but a chatbox isn’t necessarily a chatbot! A chatbox is that familiar box, typically in the lower right-hand corner of a businesses’ website that enables the consumer to interact with the company via a text interface, either during or after hours. These chatboxes can be “staffed” by real agents, enabling you to […]

Welcome to the future of price transparency! BuildMyBod 2.0

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Introducing BuildMyBod 2.0. The revolutionary way to check pricing from healthcare providers near you. Price transparency in healthcare used to be the stuff of dreams. But thanks to changing policy and political winds, the day of true price transparency has arrived!   Price Transparency and BuildMyBod 2.0: Hospitals Traditionally, healthcare was the only area of […]

Virtual visits are convenient, not just for COVID avoidance

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When the pandemic and shutdowns began, virtual visits came into the spotlight. They were perfect for allowing older, high risk patients to see their doctor. Ensuring ongoing care without the risk of exposure to COVID 19 with in-person doctor visits. But even as the peak of the pandemic recedes (we think), it appears virtual visits […]

Will a $300 per day penalty bring hospitals in line? [video]

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The Trump Administration’s price transparency rules are still set to go into effect in January of 2021. While hospitals may be hoping this will be delayed due to COVID, and that may still happen, there’s no guarantee. The rules dictate that hospitals will have to display the cash and negotiated rates for 300 “shoppable” services, […]

Discounts and specials? Sure. Bargaining? Absolutely not.

One of the reasons I’ve built a worldview that includes price transparency is because I recognized early on that everyone wants to know cost ahead of time.  So why make it difficult for them. No one likes sticker shock. But there’s another benefit of price transparency.   By knowing the cost ahead of time, the […]

Why coronavirus and cosmetic surgery are surging

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After the protests in June, and celebrations involving Memorial Day and July 4th weekends, we’re seeing an inevitable surge associated with mass gatherings. This leads to a continuing shelter-in-place, reducing travel plans and working from home for the foreseeable future. These mass gatherings and changes in consumer behavior are leading to a surge in both […]