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.  NEW SECTION:  A DOSE OF “BUYER BEWARE”  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. The issue will have an identifier “BUER BEWARE”.


  1. BUYER BEWARE: Biden Administration to Stop Reimbursing Hospitals for Covid-19 Care for Uninsured
  2. BUYER BEWARE: A drug for pregnant women doesn’t work, according to the FDA. A company is selling it anyway
  3. BUYER BEWARE: Bipartisan Bill Would Alert Those Nearing Medicare Age About Late Fees
  4. Seeking to Shift Costs to Medicare, More Employers Move Retirees to Advantage Plans
  5. Most medical debt will be dropped from consumers' credit reports BY AIMEE PICCHI
  6. BUYER BEWARE: 14% of hospitals comply with price transparency, survey finds: 4 things to know
  7. BUYER BEWARE: Women asked to pay during miscarriage
  8. BUYER BEWARE: My Drug Copay Coupon a Form of Charity — Or a Bribe?
  9. BUYER BEWARE: New Parents Slapped With Surprise Bills for Treating Newborns
  10. BUYER BEWARE: Why are Surprise Bills like Cockroaches? By Qizzify: Aug 25, 2021 5 min read
  11. Buyer/Patient Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments
  12. BUYER BEWARE: The Doctor Didn’t Show Up, but the Hospital ER Still Charged $1,012
  13. BUYER BEWARE: Why Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid At-Home Covid Tests
  14. BUYER BEWARE: When you're charged a copay you shouldn't owe
  15. BUYER BEWARE: Maggots, Rape and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public
  16. Non-Charitable’ Nonprofit Hospital Ordered to Start Paying Property Taxes Jan. 7, 2022, 3:45 AM Bloomberg Tax
  17. BUYER BEWARE: Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage in the Months Ahead
  18. BUYER BEWARE: An $80,000 Tab for Newborns Lays Out a Loophole in the New Law to Curb Surprise Bills
  19. BUYER BEWARE New Health Plans Offer Twists on Existing Options
  20. BUYER BEWARE In Network Versus Out Of Network Services
  21. BUYER BEWARE: Crash Course: Injured Patients Who Sign ‘Letters of Protection’ May Face Huge Medical Bills and Risks
  22. BUYER BEWARE: Discount Health Cards
  23. BUYER BEWARE Desperate Americans Turn To Cost-Sharing Ministries, But There’s No Legal Guarantee Their Claims Will Be Covered
  24. BUYER BEWARE Unvaccinated? Don’t Count on Leaving Your Family Death Benefits
  25. Consumers do not Understand Basic Health Insurance Terms
  26. BUYER BEWARE Collection Agencies Win the Right to Demand Payment of Expired Debts
  27. Biden executive order calls for action on hospital consolidation, price transparency
  28. 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
  29. Walmart, Other Employers Get Choosier About Workers’ Doctors
  30. Insulin Costs May Be Capped in a Medicare Program
  31. Are Healthcare Consumers Smart Shoppers?
  32. Planning for Medicaid: A Little Known Healthcare Strategy
  33. No Pay Policy for Non-Emergent ED Visits Spreading by Insurance Companies
  34. BUYERS BEWARE: Insurance Networks are Becoming Smaller
  35. Medical Bad Debt Reporting To Benefit Consumers
  36. BUYER BEWARE Do FREE Pharmacy Saving Cards Save You Money?
  37. Nurse Practitioners….The New Way to Manage Your Primary Care
  38. Study shows consumers are using healthcare less but paying more!!
  39. Buyer Beware…Healthcare Providers Offering Financing Plans
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