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.


  1. Desperate Americans Turn To Cost-Sharing Ministries, But There’s No Legal Guarantee Their Claims Will Be Covered
  2. Insulin Costs May Be Capped in a Medicare Program
  3. Consumers do not Understand Basic Health Insurance Terms
  4. Hospitals Merged. Quality Didn’t Improve. The quality of care at hospitals acquired during a recent wave of deal making got worse or stayed the same, new research found
  5. Trump administration pressures Congress to lower Medicare drug prices by ending industry’s ‘backdoor deals’
  6. In Network Versus Out Of Network Services...Consumers Beware
  7. Bipartisan Support Builds For Limits On Surprise Medical Bills
  8. Walmart, Other Employers Get Choosier About Workers’ Doctors
  9. Average Healthcare Costs for Outpatient Visit Nears $500
  10. Employer Plan Deductibles Increase by 11 Percent: Survey
  11. Are Healthcare Consumers Smart Shoppers?
  12. Bristol-Meyer-Squibb: Profits are Unbelievable
  13. Collection Agencies Win the Right to Demand Payment of Expired Debts
  14. Texas Expands Balance Billing Laws
  15. Medicare Drug Costs Have Increased
  16. Planning for Medicaid: A Little Known Healthcare Strategy
  17. No Pay Policy for Non-Emergent ED Visits Spreading by Insurance Companies
  18. Consumers Be Aware: Insurance Networks are Becoming Smaller
  19. Medical Bad Debt Reporting To Benefit Consumers
  20. Do Wellness Programs Work?
  21. Buyer Beware: Freestanding Emergency Room Operator Exits Bankruptcy
  22. Hospitals Invest in Freestanding Clinic
  23. Do FREE Pharmacy Saving Cards Save You Money?
  24. Nurse Practitioners….The New Way to Manage Your Primary Care
  25. Consumer Beware!!!! Is that Urine Test Routine?
  26. Study shows consumers are using healthcare less but paying more!!
  27. Trumps New Plan….Pay Less; Get Less
  28. The Future of Hospitals
  29. Healthcare Price Transparency Study
  30. A $37 Billion Failure…. Electronic Health Records…What the US Invested!!!
  31. Beyond the OUT OF COST of healthcare, are their other financial effects?
  32. Curative Versus Preventative for Chronically Ill Patient is Increasing Healthcare Costs
  33. Buyer Beware…Healthcare Providers Offering Financing Plans
  34. Air Ambulances: Taking Healthcare Consumers for an Expensive Ride
  35. Free Credit Freezes are Here
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