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A dangerous side-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic includes a dramatic increase in the number of hospital-acquired infections.Hospital-acquired infections happen when a person receives medical treatment in a hospital inpatient or outpatient facility. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control published a concerning report about a spike...

Among the many effects of COVID-19 is the reality that millions of people, either by choice or circumstance, put off diagnostic tests and screenings. Saved money at first, but costs are coming....

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Medicare reimbursement rate increases for 2022. This matters because private insurance premiums use the Medicare rate as a base rate in order to calculate their insurance reimbursements to providers.Each increase in the Medicare reimbursement rate translates...

Recently, while attending a company staff meeting at DCI, I realized an incredibly important fact about what it takes for any consultant to be successful. I know all the people at DCI, and they are each talented, experienced and committed to serving clients and their...

We can now be certain: The Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future. Any changes will likely be incremental, and will come through Congress, not the courts. On June 16, 2021, in the case known as California v....

The IRS has released the Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits for 2022. This is good news, but it doesn’t tell the entire story. For calendar year 2022, individuals who own a qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP),[1] will be able to deposit up to...

Has your company ever received a purchase order or had a client sign a contract without you having first revealing your price, or the rate you charge? Would anyone purchase “widgets” from your company without knowing the unit cost of each, shipping costs, or all...

On April 15, United States Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, with 12 Democrat co-authors, introduced the Choose Medicare Act.  Sen. Merkley said this act is about “…legislation that would give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in...

Prior to COVID-19, the average family group health insurance premium was $20,576.[i] Minnesota health insurance companies, on average, were projecting a 6.9 percent rate increase. This would increase family health insurance cost to about $22,000 – if COVID-19 had not happened.Analyzing the insurance companies’ 12-month...

Imagine that your car pulls up to an intersection and the light is red. As you wait for the green light you notice there is a primary care medical clinic on each of the four corners and you are new in town. You need to...

Some legislators and members of Congress are proposing a new health plan that could cut your premiums in half. They hear you asking for help!In 2020, the average annual cost of a family health insurance plan provided by an employer reached $20,576, according to Kaiser...