Some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act are open to interpretation, and some of them might change over time, but below are some general basics.
It's important to learn the difference among various types of health insurance plans. A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) usually offers the lowest cost, but the least flexibility, since the plan includes only a limited network of physicians which might not include your family doctor.
If you have health insurance, through your employer or via an individual policy, you probably are part of a managed care plan: a system that contracts with various doctors, hospitals, laboratories, and so on, to form a "network" from which the patient is served.
If you're finishing college but haven't yet found a job that provides health insurance, and your coverage on your parents' or your school's insurance plan is about to end, you may have to buy a policy for yourself.
The most important differences between Medicare and Medicaid are as follows.
Medicare Part D is a type of medical coverage that subsidizes prescription drugs for Medicare patients.
Shoals Hospital Recognized for Providing an Outstanding Inpatient Experience
Northside Hospital Recognized for Providing Outstanding Maternity Experience for a Third Consecutive Year
Forrest General Hospital Recognized for Providing an Outstanding Cardiovascular ExperienceFor a Third Consecutive Year
J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
Pharmacy Customers Have Higher Expectations for Short Wait Times
Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Health Mart, Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy, Publix and Target
Rank Highest in Pharmacy Customer Satisfaction in Their Respective Segments
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 20 September 2011 — In addition to expecting more from the pharmacist and pharmacy staff, customers are also expecting shorter wait times, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. National Pharmacy StudySM released today.
J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
Members of Health Plans with Integrated Delivery Models Are More Satisfied than
Members without Integrated Plans
Satisfaction among Health Plan Members Decreases from 2010
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 17 March 2011 — Member satisfaction with health plans that share characteristics of integrated delivery systems (IDS) is considerably higher than member satisfaction with plans in which the provider and payer are not part of the same organization, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan StudySM released today.
The debate surrounding national healthcare has heated up in recent weeks. Everyone, it seems, has a different agenda, and finding any middle ground on the issue has become a real challenge, not only for politicians, but also for those employed in the health care field-not to mention the millions of Americans who may see their standard of health care rise or fall in the coming years.
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, a 185-bed acute care hospital in Thibodaux, LA, has been recognized for the first time by J.D. Power and Associates as a Distinguished Hospital for service excellence and its commitment to providing an outstanding patient experience. With an 80-year history, Thibodaux Regional, which began as a community hospital with 26 beds in a church rectory, now is a multi-building medical complex that serves Lafourche Parish and seven surrounding parishes.
The Webcast previews the upcoming National Pharmacy Study scheduled to release in Septemer 2009. Key topics discussed include: our updated analysis approach, the financial value of member satisfaction, the impact of customer commitment, and companies targeted for this year's study.
A new study by J.D. Power and Associates shows that customer satisfaction with health care providers varies widely across the United States. The J.D. Power and Associates 2009 National Health Insurance Plan StudySM reports on the results of more than 33,000 health plan subscriber interviews, conducted online between December 2008 and January 2009. In the survey, health plan members were asked to rate their health insurance company on seven key factors: coverage and benefits; provider choice; information and communication; claims processing; statements; customer service; and approval processes.