Consumer Trends Navigator Index


The Consumer Trends Navigator Section keeps the healthcare consumer updated on any changes that will affect the current status of healthcare.  These updates will be posted when the change occurs.  The healthcare consumer should review this section weekly to stay updated.  A NEW SECTION CALLED CONSUMER SCAMS:  This new section will identify issues that the healthcare consumer needs to know fast.  These new issues could affect the healthcare consumer in many different ways if they are unaware.


  1. Section 1: Consumer Healthcare Scam Trends
  2. This section is dedicated to Healthcare Consumers identify and manage healthcare scams.

  3. How to Spot and Avoid Medicare Scams Preventing Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud By Tanya Feke, MD Updated on January 31, 2021
  4. How to Spot and Avoid Medicare Scams

  6. How to report Healthcare Scams and Fraud

  8. Healthcare Scams and Fraud Facts and Figures

  9. Learn to Spot and Six Ways to Avoid Common Health Scams
  10. More information regarding spotting healthcare scams

  11. Healthcare Consumer Common Health Scams
  12. Healthcare Scams are everywhere. Consumer Beware

  13. Medicare enrollees warned about deceptive marketing schemes

  15. Section 2: Consumer Trends
  16. This section will help the consumer what and how current healthcare trends will affect them.

  17. Doctors Are Disappearing From Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Look to Cut Costs
  18. WOW....Consumer should know what to look for.

  19. Era of ‘Free’ Covid Vaccines, Test Kits, and Treatments Is Ending. Who Will Pay the Tab Now?
  20. New regulations to cost the consumer more

  21. Health Benefit Cost Growth Will Accelerate to 5.6% in 2023, Mercer Survey Finds
  22. Healthcare consumers should be expecting their insurance premiums to increase in 3023.  The following data provided by Mercer outlines the increases

  23. Reentry Programs to Help Former Prisoners Obtain Health Care Are Often Underused
  24. A little used program to help released prisoners.

  25. New analysis: CMS vastly overestimates hospital price transparency efforts By Cynthia A. FisherMarch 2, 2023
  26. The Healthcare Consumer is not winning. Check out this article.

  27. 14% of hospitals comply with price transparency, survey finds: 4 things to know
  28. In a survey of 1,000 hospitals, 14.3 percent were compliant with the federal price transparency rule that took effect Jan. 1, 2021, a February report by found

  29. Patients from poorer counties get worse hospital care, report finds
  30. A report published last year from 3M’s Clinical and Economic Research division shows how Medicare patients living in lower-income and lower-education areas experience more preventable harm from hospital care, even after adjusting for patient ris

  31. A drug for pregnant women doesn’t work, according to the FDA. A company is selling it anyway
  32. American babies are at far higher risk of dying before their first birthdays than those in almost any other wealthy country. A big reason for those deaths, more than 21,000 each year, is that too many are born too soon

  33. Maggots, Rape and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public
  34. But a New York Times investigation, based on the most comprehensive analysis of the data that powers the ratings program, found that it is broken.

  35. My Drug Copay Coupon a Form of Charity — Or a Bribe?
  36. If a drugmaker is offering copay assistance, you can assume the list price of the drug is high, but I wasn’t sure how high. Did this outwardly kind offer represent, essentially, a kind of bribe?

  37. The Doctor Didn’t Show Up, but the Hospital ER Still Charged $1,012
  38. When the surgeon didn’t appear after more than an hour, the wife took her son home. The hospital told her to make a follow-up appointment with a doctor, which turned out to be unnecessary because the burn healed quickly.

  39. Watchdog: Private Medicare plans denied nearly 1 in 5 claims that should have been paid
  40. A government watchdog report released Thursday found private Medicare plans routinely rejected claims that should have been paid and denied services that reviewers found to be medically necessary.

  41. When you're charged a copay you shouldn't owe
  42. This is part of Axios' series, Billed and Confused. Have you been hit with an unexpected medical bill? Maybe the overall medical billing experience left you feeling puzzled or upset? Email, so we can dig into what's happening. Note: this story was originally published on Jan. 20.

  43. Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage in the Months Ahead
  44. The Biden administration and state officials are bracing for a great unwinding: millions of people losing their Medicaid benefits when the pandemic health emergency ends. Some might sign up for different insurance. Many others are bound to get lost in the transition.

  45. Most medical debt will be dropped from consumers' credit reports BY AIMEE PICCHI
  46. Medical bills have become a source of major financial trouble for millions of Americans, amounting to the largest source of personal debt in the U.S. Now, the top three credit reporting agencies plan to drop most medical debt from consumers' credit reports starting this summer.

  47. Non-Charitable’ Nonprofit Hospital Ordered to Start Paying Property Taxes Jan. 7, 2022, 3:45 AM Bloomberg Tax
  48. In many US cities, large, nonprofit hospitals, health centers, universities, and colleges—"meds and eds"—pay little, if any, property taxes. That could be changing. Bill Kennedy and Jared Johnson of White and Williams, LLP, warn that litigation is now challenging their nonprofit nature.

  49. Section 3: For Politicians and Concerned Citizens-Billions of Taxpayers Wasted Dollars..
  50. Waste is defined as the thoughtless or careless expenditure, mismanagement, or abuse of resources to the detriment (or potential detriment) of the U.S. government. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs resulting from inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.

  51. “Eye-popping” executive salaries led these hospitals to lose their property tax benefits BY Judith Garber | March 3, 2023

  53. Proposed Medicare Advantage Changes Cannot Accurately Be Called ‘Cuts,’ Experts Say By Madison Czopek, PolitiFact and Yacob Reyes, PolitiFact FEBRUARY 22, 2023
  54. This is unbelievable,,,,read this and call your Santor or Representative!

  55. Hospital outpatient billing draws bipartisan heat
  56. This is a major rip off!! Healthcare consumers end up paying more!!

  57. Eliminate Waste And Unlock Value In Healthcare Software Spend
  58. Another example of Healthcare Waste.

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