Shields Health Care Group Blog

Two MRIs. One BIG difference.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

You don't have to be a radiologist to see what's wrong in THIS picture. While the pictures above are a fun way of showing a price difference, its a very real scenario in Massachusetts. The fact is that the price of an MRI in Massachusetts can vary as much as 65% for the EXACT same scan – the same technology, the same body part, even the same time of day. The purpose of an MRI is to look deeper; perhaps it’s time for consumers to do the same – to their MRI bills.

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Tags: open-bore MRI, MRI, cost, open MRI, copays, health premiums, MRI centers, mri price, health care shopping, high-deductible health plan, HDHP

Five REAL tips to help the family on a high-deductible health plan

Posted by Lisa Campisi

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Tags: health care dollars, MRI, cost, copays, healthcare expenses, health premiums, health insurer, mri price, high-deductible health plan, HDHP

Head trauma: a serious threat to children athletes. Is an MRI needed?

Posted by James Ivas

If your children play football or any contact sport, do they face the risk of injuring their head? Yes. If he or she never experiences a concussion, are they risk-free from any negative changes in the brain? No.

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Tags: 3T, sports injury, head injury, concussion, cost, 1.5T, TBI, traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussion, concussion MRI, Shields MRI, copays, pediatric MRI, child MRI

Tips for talking to your doctor about price

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Taking an active role in your health and communicating with your doctor is critical to getting good healthcare; that includes discussions around cost. Here are some tips on preparing for discussions with your doctor about price. 

Get educated. Before you go to your appointment, become familiar with your health plan. Find out about your co-pay, deductible and what procedures are covered.

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Tags: MRI, cost, Shields MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, HR, HR Directors, copays, MR, Tedy Bruschi

7 Tips for HR Directors - Negotiate more for your Health Care Dollars

Posted by Christine Mavilia

To successfully recruit and retain the best talent, Human Resources Directors and Talent Managers must offer cost effective, high quality employee benefits. To help strike the best deal for employees and dependents we can not overlook the value of offering high deductible plans, limited networks and incentives for choosing the lower cost (equally qualified and capable) provider. Yet critical to implementing a high deductible plan is managing and communicating the value of your benefits package to beneficiaries.

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Tags: health care dollars, talent manager, Shields, HR, HR Directors, copays, healthcare expenses, health premiums