Will a $300 per day penalty bring hospitals in line? [video]

$300 per day penalty
The Trump Administration’s price transparency rules are still set to go into effect in January of 2021. While hospitals may be hoping this will be delayed due to COVID, and that may still happen, there’s no guarantee. The rules dictate that hospitals will have to display the cash and negotiated rates for 300 “shoppable” services, for all accepted insurance plans, on their website. So are...
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Discounts and specials? Sure. Bargaining? Absolutely not.

discounts and specials
One of the reasons I’ve built a worldview that includes price transparency is because I recognized early on that everyone wants to know cost ahead of time.  So why make it difficult for them. No one likes sticker shock. But there’s another benefit of price transparency.   By knowing the cost ahead of time, the hope is the patient will feel less of an urge...
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Why coronavirus and cosmetic surgery are surging

coronavirus and cosmetic surgery
After the protests in June, and celebrations involving Memorial Day and July 4th weekends, we’re seeing an inevitable surge associated with mass gatherings. This leads to a continuing shelter-in-place, reducing travel plans and working from home for the foreseeable future. These mass gatherings and changes in consumer behavior are leading to a surge in both coronavirus and cosmetic surgery. What’s the connection?   Coronavirus and...
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Men get liposuction too!

men get liposuction
As gender roles evolve in the work place and at home, there’s still a misconception about who can and can not get cosmetic surgery. In addition to other surgical and non-surgical services as discussed here, men get liposuction too!   Men get liposuction too! Man’s resistance to getting cosmetic surgery may be a societal convention. They may assume that’s only for women. But it may...
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For better or worse, this is the best time to get cosmetic surgery

best time to get cosmetic surgery
Here we are, emerging from  the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic, entering the unknown chronic phase. There is much we still don’t know about the virus, including why some become symptomatic but others remain asymptomatic. Even with these unknowns, the world must press on, doing our best to adjust our lives and maintain some sense of normalcy.   One facet of this new normal...
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Hospitals and surgery centers not performing cosmetic surgery

performing cosmetic surgery
Here in San Francisco, the city and health department issued a directive on May 15th allowing elective surgery. In the directive, it was very clear elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery and dental procedures, could move forward. For this reason, we began performing cosmetic surgery in our in-office AAAASF accredited operating room the following Monday, May 18th.   A full two months had passed after the...
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Introducing our new dermatologist: Dr. Gaetano “Guy” Zanelli

Dr. Zanelli
Dr. Kaplan and the entire PHPS Family are excited to welcome Dr. Gaetano “Guy” Zanelli to the practice. He’s a board certified dermatologist with decades of experience. As you can see above, he brings new aesthetic, non-surgical devices to the office! Now taking appointments for the full breadth of medical and cosmetic dermatology, including: Botox and Dysport Facial rejuvenation with fillers Microneedling Leg vein treatments Laser...
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