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