Here at Columbus Sleep Consultants, Inc., we offer a combined experience of almost 50 years physician experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of sleep disorders with current successful treatment modalities. Our staff is experienced in all manners of insurance billing, technical support, and courteous friendly service for all of our patient’s needs. We stress that quality service is better than quantity. Some medical offices can feel line an assembly line where the physician and his staff are rushed to get the patient in and out as soon as possible. Not here at Columbus Sleep Consultants, Inc. We take our time to make sure you are cared for and your questions are answered before we service the next patient. Quality care is of the utmost importance.
Receive high quality cost-saving care
Even if you’re not an expert on health care or the Affordable Care Act, you’ve probably heard that the costs of care in the United States are high—really high. Maybe you’ve even heard that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. But what does it mean? Why does it happen? And can we do anything about it?
For starters, the $2.9 trillion we spend annually on health care—a whopping $9,200 per person—isn’t necessarily buying us the best care or ensuring good health. In fact, not only does the U.S. fare worse in terms of infant mortality and life expectancy than other developed nations, it also tops the list for deaths that are considered preventable with timely and appropriate treatment. What’s more, a hospital stay or common diagnostic tests, like MRIs, cost many times more in the U.S. than in countries like Germany or Japan.
These high costs place a heavy burden on government, which funds Medicare, Medicaid, and other public insurance programs; on employers, who help pay for the health coverage of workers and their families; and on American households, who feel the pain in their pocketbooks, through higher taxes and reduced wages.
Getting at the root of the problem
Before we learn about these new approaches to paying for health care, let’s take a closer look at where costs really pile up.
Paying for more doesn’t always get you more
Many experts point to the way health care providers in the U.S. are typically paid for the services they deliver as a major culprit in driving our out-of-control costs. Under our fee-for-service system, most physicians, hospitals, and other providers receive a payment for each service, be it an office visit, lab test, or medical procedure—regardless of whether or not they help (or harm) the patient. In other words, provider payment is based on the quantity of care provided, rather than the care actually needed by the patient, or the effectiveness of the treatment.
Providers usually don’t feel pressure to limit themselves from prescribing services that may not be necessary. And physicians’ fear of malpractice lawsuits may actually contribute to the problem by encouraging the practice of “defensive medicine.” Likewise, since most patients are shielded from the bulk of costs by their health insurance coverage, they may be inclined to welcome any medical service that has even the slightest chance of doing some good.
Why is quality important?
“Quality” health care has a wide variety of meanings. To some people, sitting in the waiting room a short time to see a doctor means “quality” health care. To others, being treated politely by the doctor’s staff means “quality” health care. There are those who define “quality” health care by how much time the doctor devotes to examining you.
While these are important, “clinical” quality health care is even more important. For instance, if you take your car to a mechanic, the people in the auto shop can be friendly and listen to your complaints but the most important factor is whether or not they fix the problem with your car. Similarly, when you go to a hospital or provider, you want them to fix your problem and help make you better.
There are many ways to measure “clinical” quality health care. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has assembled a range of ways to identify “clinical” quality health care in hospitals. These measures are based on national practices that measure the clinical performances of hospitals by examining data gathered from hospitals.
How we deliver quality care
Through a combination of excellent services beginning when your appointment is scheduled through the completed treatment option and beyond, our staff is committed to delivering to you the finest care possible. If you have a question, we have an answer. If you have a problem, we have a solution.
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