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michelle
michelle
2/28/2019 11:02:29 PM
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Re: Check In and Out
There are so many layers!! Even with all the checks and departments there is room for error in your paperwork. Some hospital systems have done a lot better than others for these processes. I have seen stark differences in local hospitals.

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michelle
michelle
2/28/2019 11:00:10 PM
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Re: Convenient Healthcare
Just this week I tried my insurance plan's telemedicine option. I needed to see a doctor for a common ailment, but couldn't take off 2-3 hours for a visit. I had a video confernece with a doctor to discuss symptoms. Sign up and insurance verification took longer than the visit. I think the actual visit was less than 15 minutes. I can see how others would rate availability as valuable - I agree. 

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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
2/28/2019 1:24:57 PM
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Re: Convenient Healthcare
Don, I can see how broadband companies can help healthcare providers roll out excellent services at low cost, but I am worried that healthcare providers will charge scary markups on those services. I can imagine very high broadband surcharges imposed by hospitals.

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Ariella
Ariella
2/18/2019 12:28:16 PM
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Re: Check In and Out
@afwriter you would think that. But if you've ever had to check yourself or a family member out of a hospital, you would know it takes hours. For one thing, it's the layers of people and departments involved, including medical sign-off, and the ones who are responsible for getting documentation for payments. But for another, I'm certain that the increasing burden of paperwork -- even in virtual form -- imposed by ACA add to the time. So many smaller hospitals and medical practices have been swallowed up by large ones or have disappered simply because they don't have the manpower to keep up with all the paperwork required by regulations on top of the various insurance company requirements.

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afwriter
afwriter
2/18/2019 11:13:16 AM
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Check In and Out
I find it surprising that the check-in process is lacking because you would think that the process would be streamlined in case a patient declined rapidly. I am also surprised about the check out process because you would think that the hospital would want to move people out as fast as possible to make room for more money...I mean patients. 

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
2/14/2019 12:27:43 PM
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Convenient Healthcare
The idea of broadband health care seems to be a good one, notwithstanding that still most patients and doctors don't have yet this capability, but those that do seem to say "57% found them "extremely" or "very valuable," in thge HIMSS Analytics survey for Spectrum Enterprise. With video capability down the road this seems like the way that medicine should go and hopefully cut some cost and inconveniece to providers and patients alike.

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