Posts for: February, 2019
The importance of independent medical providers cannot be stressed enough.
For everyone that is frustrated in the rising cost of health care, know that your independent provider is too. A recent study showed that hospitals and hospital-owned physicians are the real sources of the skyrocketing cost of health care. Most people are not aware that physicians that are owned by the hospital are paid more than independent providers; as a matter of fact, this higher rate costs Medicare and Medicare patients over $750 million each year. Independent physicians and services were responsible for a 6% increase in health care costs while hospital-owned physicians and services increased 25%.
Are you seeing the best possible provider?
Did you know that most hospital systems require providers to internally refer and may be terminated if they don't comply? Sadly, these policies have recently made news in the Omaha area; Children's Hospital appears to have selected a less qualified surgeon due to internal referrals.
Choose wisely when you select your physician; ask questions when you are referred. Is this provider the best or just in the hospital system? You have the right to choose, and that choice has a big effect on the outcome and price of your care.
Why are we different?
We are proud to say that the providers at the Foot and Ankle Center of Nebraska and Iowa and FAST Physical Therapy have earned our referrals through hard work, unmatched skills, compassion, and dedication. We are always concerned about controlling costs and providing the most cost-effective therapies. We also use the most advanced therapies to improve outcomes and speed recovery.
Come see the difference, set-up an appointment with one of our providers by calling 402-391-7575.
Drs. Matthew McCabe and Robert Greenhagen recently published on an innovative approach to healing lower extremity ulcerations. The recent publication was in Podiatry Management and is pending submission to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA).
You can read the Podiatry Management article here (WARNING: Graphic surgical images are present in the article)
LB 37 at Nebraska Unicameral Legislature
The cold weather did not keep Dr. Greenhagen from traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska on January 30, 2019 to speak on behalf of the Nebraska Podiatric Medical Association concerning LB 37. LB 37 is a bill being introduced to change the Podiatry Practice Act. The change would impact podiatry in Nebraska to allow and authorize a physician assistant to assist a podiatrist. The bill is being sponsored by Senator Hilkemann.
The bill was introduced by Senator Hilkemann to a committee of 10 senators on Wednesday, January 30. Dr. Greenhagen was asked by Senator Hilkemann to speak on his knowledge and expertise in the area of podiatric care. Dr. Greenhagen provided data as to why a physician assistant would be helpful in growing podiatry care in rural Nebraska and helping to continue to provide exceptional podiatry care in current podiatric practices and hospitals.
When a bill is introduced to Legislature, the bill must receive a public hearing by a committee. The information Dr Greenhagen provided was transcribed and recorded to become a part of the official committee records. To view the official site of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature, please click on the link below.
What happens next?
The committee now has three options to take, they can:
- Vote to send the bill to general file with or without amendments
- Indefinitely postpone the bill
- Take no action on it
The surgeons at Foot and Ankle Center of Nebraska and Iowa will continue to follow the progress of this bill. LB 37 will hopefully make its way to the Legislature floor and find its way to the desk of the Governor for signing.
What can you do?
If you support LB 37 you can contact your Senator. Click the link, you can find your Senator by name or district number at: