An Illustrated Guide to Your Health Insurance Bill

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Health insurance bills have never been known for their ease or brevity. And at a time when deductibles are soaring and consumers face more out-of-pocket costs, it's important to know your financial liability. Vitals illustrated an example of the financial responsibility one faces for a procedure to make sense of how your health insurance bill ... Read More...

Health Plan Cheat Sheet

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With open enrollment right around the corner, it’s important to understand exactly what your insurance options are, and which one is best for you and your family. Use our Health Plan Cheat Sheet to educate yourself on each type of plan so you can feel confident when shopping for health insurance this year. HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION ... Read More...

What Kind of Health Insurance Shopper Are You?

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Open enrollment season is here. While some Americans will switch their benefits to save on costs or add services, others do nothing at all or procrastinate, not giving a thorough review to their options. In a recent Vitals Index survey, over 80 percent of respondents said they were not planning to switch their insurance this year. Yet, the ... Read More...

Where is America’s best access to breast cancer care?

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Diagnosis and treatment are crucial to breast cancer survival. But access to the best diagnosticians and specialists isn’t equal across our nation. Luckily, access to preventative screenings is increasing under the Affordable Care Act. Health plans must cover mammograms for women 40 and over, as well as those who are high-risk. Despite that, ... Read More...

Got Football Injuries? Check Out Vitals Fantasy Physician League

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Wondering whether to drop or keep a player with football injuries, like Evan Mathis who was hurt in week one? You'll want to check out Vitals Fantasy Football Physician League. Considering that football players sustain more injuries than players from any sport, team doctors play an important position on the team, getting them back to the game ... Read More...

Best and Worst Cities for Pediatric Care

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Vitals knows that care across our great country isn't always equal. We wanted to find out, though, how that disparity plays out when it comes to one of our most precious populations - our children. In our first ever America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, Vitals analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city on a ... Read More...

City Rankings for Access to Pediatric Care

When kids are sick, parents want quality care quick. Vitals looked at the 200 largest cities in the country to find out how smaller metropolises fared compared to their larger counterparts when it comes to pediatric care. The study, America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city ... Read More...

Evolution of the Health Care Consumer

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Do you simply follow doctor's orders or are you engaged in your health? As wearable technology becomes mainstream and doctor interactions become harder to schedule and more expensive, consumers are developing a proactive approach to get top care at the best price. Vitals defines the spectrum of patient involvement and shares tips on how to become a ... Read More...

Health Care Heroes We Admire: Four Recent Whistle Blowers

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It’s not easy to be a health care hero. To go against the grain and step out of line, especially in an industry like health care that is built on a strict chain of command: interns acquiesce to residents; residents must defer to fellows; specialists trump fellows. But each of the people profiled below felt that their call to duty was greater than ... Read More...

3 Technologies You Need to Navigate The New Health Care Economy

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Are you ready to shop … for your health care? The health care industry is moving toward a consumer retail model in which people can shop for care much as they shop for other goods and services. The changing market is due in part to rising costs – the burden of which have shifted from employers to employees. Increasingly, consumers are ... Read More...